Why Should you Support Ag Ed?
Agricultural Education has a solid track record. Nearly 80 percent of
agriculture's graduating seniors enter postsecondary education - that's
a 10 percent increase from 2001.
It's working. The program has experienced a steady increase in the
number of students in high school agricultural/horticultural education
programs and FFA. About 56 percent are urban students and 34 percent
It serves more and more student high school graduation needs. About 75
percent of the departments receive academic credit in math, science,
language arts, social studies or consumer education for their courses.
An average $2,400 in state incentive funding is given to local programs
to purchase state-of-the-art equipment and curriculum materials. Incentive
funding has saved many agricultural programs from extinction as well.
Six CD-ROMs with more than 500 agricultural lessons have been developed
and provided free of charge to Illinois agricultural teachers. The material,
which is based upon Illinois Learning, Occupational Skill and Workplace Skill
Standards, is now being used in 42 other states and the curriculum has been
adopted in its entirety in 14 states.