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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. .

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10, 2017  BONUS ARTICLE



Another in the series of Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom non-fiction text examples to be used in your classroom.


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


Although Game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals was postponed until Wednesday, there is still time for Agriculture!


This article is from the Chicago Tribune


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


  1. What position does Jayson Werth play? (Outfield)
  2. Where is Werth originally from?(Near Springfield, IL he attended Glenwood High School in Chatham)
  3. Describe the family connection with the Werth family in baseball (grandfather was an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960, uncle was a shortstop with Toronto Blue Jays in 1993, stepfather played for New York Yankees in 1981)
  4. What physical appearance is Werth known for?(long hair and beard)
  5. Describe Werth’s Springfield area farm (nearly 500 acres of organic materials)
  6. Why did Werth start his farm?(answers vary, but desire to eat healthier)
  7. Describe Werth’s environmental stewardship efforts. (planuing more than 1000 trees, removing 300 acres of invasive bush honey suckle, better, tilling and cultivation efforts.)
  8. Describe how a high profile farmer would be a benefit for farmers everywhere.(answers will vary)


For more information about Baseball and Agriculture, check out the ‘Baseball Charm’ on the Illinois AITC page.

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