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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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Casey Bolin
District 5 Program Advisor
Sections 21-25
1475 West Whittaker
Salem, IL 62881
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2017 Ag Education Annual Report

Friday, March 02, 2018

*Sent to D5 Ag Teachers, Administrators & Guidance Counselors

Hi District 5 Ag Teachers, Administrators & Guidance Counselors:

I would like to share with you an electronic copy of our 2017 Illinois Agricultural Education Report.  Click on image to review.   I would be glad to attend a school or community meeting/event to present highlights and successes.  Thank you for your hard work, commitment, and support!

Here are a few highlights:

  • Since 2015, schools with agricultural education programs has grown by 12 from 321 to 333 schools in 2017-18.   We are anticipating over 340 schools for 2018-19.
  • Students taking agricultural education courses is at an all time high of 31,655 students in grades 6-12.   62% - male, 38% - female, 8% - minority, 11% - live on a farm where 50% or more of the family income is from a farm, 17% - live in a city with 20,000+ residents.
  • 75% of schools allow an agriculture course to fulfill academic graduation requirements mainly in science and consumer education.
  • $11,672,184 is the total income generated by students with work-based learning activities known as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects.
  • 65% of schools have students participating in a public speaking event.
  • 72% of schools have a greenhouse.
  • $50,972 is the average salary of an ag teacher.  Salary will increase significantly with the impact of the new Three Circle FFA & SAE grant.   
  • Three Circle FFA & SAE Grant is added value to school districts as 400 hours beyond the school day will assist student improvement, school environment, and community events.
  • The Waterloo High School FFA Chapter was awarded the honors of the number one FFA Chapter.
  • 36 students are graduating in May, 2018, with a degree in agricultural education licensed and ready to teach at the middle and high school level.
  • Agribusinesses are hiring.  College graduates in agriculture can expect several job offers especially in plant science, agribusiness, and teaching agriculture at the high school level.   A 39% shortage of college ag graduates exists.  Click to share with students and parents.

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