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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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Salem, IL 62881
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Advocating for Additional Ag Ed Professor at SIUC

Monday, January 22, 2018

*Sent to D5 Ag Teachers

Below is a message from Seb Pense, SIUC, after a discussion at the section 25 ag teacher's meeting on Friday(1-19-18).   A suggestion was made to try to have a discussion with Karen Jones, Dept Chair, and Karen Midden, Interim Dean, on Tuesday, January 30th at SIUC at the beginning of the Section 24 Ag Teacher meeting.   More information will follow.

"I'm sending these two documents to you(attached).  If you think these would be helpful for our teachers to view as they advocate for a new Ag Ed hire at SIU, please feel free to forward it to them.  I do not have plans to retire, but as I said; given my age, we need to have someone on board to take over in the event that I could not continue.  Also, the attached rationale makes the argument that multiple faculty increases enrollment.  And... since the secondary programs feed into the college, and since the CFFA hosts so many events for secondary Ag Ed students; the SIU Ag Ed program is critical for the entire college's recruitment efforts.

I'd appreciate it if you'd forward this to District 5 teachers.  Thanks, and have a great weekend!"

Seburn L. Pense, Ph.D.
Agricultural Education & Communications
Dept. of Plant, Soil & Ag Systems
Southern Illinois University
1205 Lincoln Drive, Mail Code 4415
Carbondale, IL  62901
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Phone:  (618) 453-2467


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