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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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IAITC FarmWeek Article May 30, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

FARMWEEK Reading Activity from Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom.

Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.  Remember, these will be available every MONDAY afternoon that FarmWeek is published during the school year.

Questions about this can be directed to Kevin Daugherty, Education Director of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom at [email protected]

**Reminder these questions are designed to use with the on-line version of FarmWeek.

Note, by request of teachers we have included the answers to the questions immediately following the questions. 

FRONT PAGE…..National and State Budget!

Ag troubled by Trunp’s proposed budget

  1. How many dollars is President Trump proposing to cut from federal crop insurance in the next 10 years?($28.8 Billion)
  2. Given the weather of spring 2017 how would this impact farmers in Illinois if these cuts were already in place?  (answers will vary but would include weather/replant date deadlines)
  3. The Trump budget calls for areduction of USDA Staff by 5,263 employees.From what positions would these employees be released?  (Farm Service Agency and 17 laboratories including the National Center for Ag Utilization Research in Peoria)
  4. Page 2 lists other highlights.Describe the budget highlight for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.(Answers should include a phased in requirement  for states to match SNAP benefits, stricter eligibilities,  and charging retailers fees for participating)

State budget remains in limbo; session deadline looms

  1. How optimistic is Kevin Semlow about a state budget?  (NOT!)  It became clear as we moved to Memorial Day weekend there was no end solution for a state budget)
  2. What are the total of the state’s unpaid bills?  (14.4 billion)
  3. How might the budget proposed by President Trump impact the state of Illinois?  (SNAP --the largest USDA Program as a hunger safety net--formerly associate with Food Stamps, is proposing states match federal benefits.   If that were to pass, Illinois, currently without a  state budget, would need to find more money for SNAP benefits.)


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and one famous discovery made there.



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