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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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FY18 Ag Grant - 197% Increase - Amend by 4/20/18

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

*Sent to Ag Teachers, Principals, & Superintendents in southern most 28 counties(District 5).

The Agricultural Education Line Item in the ISBE Budget did increase for FY18 by $3,200,000.   The priority for the additional funding was to retain and recruit quality middle and high school agriculture teachers by compensating them for their time and effort and to encourage ag teachers to devote extended time to students, schools, and communities.    We were successful in using approximatley half of these dollars to increase extended contracts of agriculture teachers by 34% from 6% to 40%.

The unbudgeted funds in the FY18 Ag Ed Line Item will now be granted to school districts with agriculture programs which is a 197% increase from the fall allocation.  The allocations have been loaded into the IWAS grant system. An amendment is necessary to budget the additional funds(see instructions below) submitted as soon as possible with a deadline of April 20, 2018.  The end date of the grant is June 30, 2018, so all grant funds must be spent by that date or the district will be required to return funds. 

10% of the total allocation can be used for consumable items:  soil, plant pots, welding rods, printer ink cartridges, etc.  View the attached guide for function and object codes.  Click for a reference of what schools have purchased with ag grant funding.

As some schools were not able to apply for the FY18 Three Circle (FFA & SAE) Extended Contract grant, school districts are encouraged to use up to 50% of their total(fall and spring) grant allocation as an extended contract for the agriculture teacher.   400 total hours of work beyond the school day and 50% match are not required for this Ag Grant.   School districts are asked to budget a per hour or per day rate for extended time beyond the school day.  These additional funds cannot be used as the 50% matching dollar requirement if school districts applied for the Three Circle grant.

We are very fortunate to have this additional funding.  Be sure to spend additional funding wisely.  Please call, email, or text for assitance.  Thank you.

Instructions for an amendment    Click for complete help guide.
1. Click on the budget application listed in the menu prior to entering into the grant.
2. Click on the ‘Create Amendment’ button across the top menu bar.
3. If necessary, unlock the appropriate pages using the ‘Page Lock Control.’ Click on Expand and then click in the checkbox next to the unlock section for the page(s) you wish to revise. Save the page.
4. Go to the Amendment page of the grant and click on ‘Amended application’. 5. Insert the number of the amendment in the textbox. (i.e. insert ‘1’ if it is the first amendment)
6. Go to the textbox at the bottom of the ‘Amendment’ page to specify that changes are due to additional funding. Save the page.
7. Go to the other unlocked pages needing revision in the application to make the needed changes described on the amendment page remembering to save each revised page.
8. Complete the process on the ‘Submit’ page. Click on the consistency check. Then submit.

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