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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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February 12 AITC FarmWeek Article

Monday, February 12, 2018


February 12, 2018



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.   

Perdue: Farm economy remains fraigle

  1. Last week U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue described the rural economy as fragile  and used the words duress, constituency, resilient and optimistic.  Define each:

(Duress:  pressure, force, threat;  Constituency: electorate, district, population; Resilient: hardy, elastic, strong; Optimistic:  hopeful, positive, bright)

  1.  Farm debt continues to rise, up 22% since 2013 from $315 Billion to $385 Billion.  What other options have farmers used instead of debt to stay in business?  (reduced spending, utilizing savings, loans and off farm-income and assets.  )
  2. What two commodities groups are mentioned to specifically gain a better safety net through the farm bill?  (Cotton and Dairy)
  3. Perdue describe the guest worker program and upcoming immigration debate as one of the most critical issues facing agriculture.   Why does he describe this in that manner? (Answers will vary but should include information about the need for farm workers.  More information can be found at
  4. Two Representatives from Illinois questioned Perdue on Ag Research and infrastructure improvements.   Why are IL lawmakers interested in these topics?  (Answers will vary!)


Bonus Article:Read more about Illinois High Schools adding Agriculture Education programs.

  1.  Name the schools that will have new HS Agriculture Programs.

(Decatur Eisenhower and MacArthur High Schools and Dwayne Andreas Agriculture Academy-Decatur; Warrens burg-Latham; Chester; Durand; Donovan; Grundy Area Vocational Center; Bismark-Henning-Rossville-Alvin)

Most high school ag students in a decade

  1.  In the 2016-2017 year, how many students participated in Agriculture Education?  (31,655)

In the past decade students enrolled in ag programs has steadily increased an FFA membership has remained steady. Why do you think this is the case?  (Answers will vary)

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