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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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December 4 IAITC Farm Week, Bonus Question and Activity

Monday, December 04, 2017

December 4, 2017

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.

*This week we have attached the word document of the story.

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


IBA contest winner creates burgers that rock.

  1. The story begins ...” Burger aficionados who enjoy numerous options and styles...” what does the word aficionados mean?(fan, enthusiast)
  2. What uniquehobby does Route 73 Brew and Chew owner have in addition to owning his restaurant.(a musician in multiple bands)
  3. What does owner Refat Hasankolli contribute the best burger title to?(he starts with local beef)
  4. In an ever-changing restaurant market, why do you feel 4 of the top 5 restaurants in the best burger market are located in the northern third of the state?(answers will vary, could include social media, or promotions.)
  5. Of the burgers featured, what would be your favorite and why?(answers will vary)
  6. What is the best burger in local area and tell why.Please defend your answer.(answers will vary)
  7. If you were to create an outstanding hamburger, what would you include, and how would you market the product?(answers will vary)

Bonus Question

On Sunday Mr. Jesse Farber, from Livingston County, who also happens to be an Agriculture Education Teacher at Pontiac High School (along with Mr. Parker Bane), won the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader Discussion Meet.This is an event where young leaders from across the state have discussions about various agriculture related topics.The final question discussed was:

                With a growing demand for US farm products abroad, how can agriculture overcome public skepticism of foreign trade to negotiate new trade agreements and open new world markets?

                       Discuss this topic and research possible answers.  (Answers will vary)



Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom is proud to partner with ILLINOIS READS, a part of the Illinois Reading Council.IAITC has endorsed several books on the ILLINOIS READS list and is proud to promote their upcoming essay contest.Why not enter the ILLLOIS READS Essay Contest.Entries due January 10!

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