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Agencies & Organizations

Agriculture in the Classroom
Ag in the Classroom (AITC) is a program that has been developed to help students acquire adequate knowledge to function effectively as agriculturally literate citizens supportive of wise agricultural policies and programs. Its purpose is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the food and fiber system into daily lessons and to help students understand the role of agriculture in the total economy.
AgrowKnowledge, the National Center for Agriscience and Technology Education is a national partnership of community colleges. Our work is enhanced by the involvement of business and industry, leading universities in agriculture education, secondary schools, and professional associations.
Center for Agricultural & Environmental Research & Training
CAERT was established to serve the research and development needs of agricultural and environmental educators. It develops materials and provide training that supports a sustainable future. Its emphasis lies in assisting local, state, and national institutions in developing materials that promote the integration of science and technology into the agriculture classroom. CAERT specializes in developing curriculum that meets local and national learning standards in the science and math areas.
Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education
Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education in cooperation with and advisement by the Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE). FCAE addresses the aims of Public Act 84-1452 involving the implementation of identified goals for improving education in and about Agriculture in Illinois.
FFA - Illinois
The Illinois FFA is a vocational student organization for students enrolled in Agricultural Education programs at the junior and senior high levels.
FFA - National
FFA is a positive example of what works in education.The National FFA Organization is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success.Today, almost half-a-million student members are engaged in a wide range of agricultural education activities, leading to more than 300 professional career opportunities. Student success remains the primary mission of FFA.
Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors
The IACCAI is the statewide professional organization for community college instructors of the agriculture industry. Its primary objective is to promote the interest of education in agriculture in the State of Illinois.
Illinois Association of Vocational Agricultural Teachers
The Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers is a professional organization for agricultural education teachers at all levels.
Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education
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 agency concerning Agricultural Education K-adult. Six members must be appointed from ILCAE.
Illinois Department of Agriculture
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. The agency will strive to promote agri-business in Illinois and throughout the world and regulate agriculture in a manner which encourages farming and agribusiness while protecting Illinois’ consumers and our natural resources.
Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education Program
The mission of the Youth Education Program is to provide unique educational programs to Illinois Youth who have a connection to or are pursuing a connection to agriculture, in the effort to "Develop Tomorrow's Agricultural Leaders." The Program provides opportunities for young people to Travel, Have Fun, Make Friends while preparing for their future.
Illinois Landscape Contractors Association
The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association is a "green" industry organization made up primarily of landscapers and nurserymen.
Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education
The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education is a voluntary grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels. Primarily an advocacy group focused on legislation, funding, and promotion. Responsible for legislation that established the Illinois committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) and the Agricultural Education line item in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) budget.
Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student
TheIllinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization is a vocational student organizations for students enrolled in Agricultural Education programs at the postsecondary level.
Illinois State Board of Education
The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for P/K-12 education. An Ag Ed Consultant team coordinates and administers statewide programs in and about agricultural education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation. Administration of the FCAE project and Incentive Funding Grants through the Ag Ed line item of ISBE is a key initiative. FFA and PAS organizations are integral components of the program team mission.
Illinois State University Agricultural Education Program

Illinois Workforce Developement
The Illinois Workforce Development Website supports workforce development and policy-making activities in Illinois. It serves as a virtual forum for public policies, a practical registration center for workforce development events, and a timely communications and notification tool.
Information Technology and Communication Services
ITCS Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRCS continues to work to protect and enhance our precious natural resources by working one-on-one with private landowners and community leaders to put conservation on the land. With small teams of technical specialists in nearly every Illinois county, assistance from a conservation professional is just a phone call away!
The State Wide Ag Mech Advisory Committee (SWAMAC) is dedicated to promoting agricultural education in the area of agricultural mechanics through out the state of Illinois along with educating students about the career opportunities available in the agricultural industry.
(No website available. Contact your Field Advisor for more information.)

Southern Illinois University Agricultural Education Program

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Agricultrual Education Program

Western Illinois University Agricultural Education Program