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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.. 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. .

EZ Records is a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) record-keeping system designed to keep SAE program records, FFA participation, leadership activities, skills learned, and enterprise efficiencies. .

About FCAE

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.

It began operations with staffing April 17, 1989. FCAE is to provide a professional staff who will help with program development services essential to the implementation of a comprehensive statewide plan for the improvement of agricultural education at all levels, pre-kindergarten through adult.

  1. Work within the educational field to improve education in and about agriculture, K-Adult.
  2. Coordinate "agricultural education program improvement pilot projects", K-Adult.
  3. Identify, plan, develop, and conduct in-service activities to improve agricultural education K-Adult.
  4. Assist in the coordination/articulation of curriculum development activities in and about agriculture, K-Adult.
  5. Identify, review, and recommend resource materials appropriate for agricultural education, K-Adult.
  6. Develop cooperative professional relationships within and between agricultural education and the agricultural industry.

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Local Program Support

As a result of funding made available through the Agricultural Education Line Item in the Illinois State Board of Education budget, FCAE Program Advisors are available to assist in every phase of developing and maintaining an agriculture program at the high school level. A yearly grant is available to every high school agricultural program with an average allocation of approximately $1800 per school. Agriculture teachers use the funding made available from the grant to update instructional equipment and enhance the technology within the agricultural classroom.

Curriculum Resources

Agriculture teachers have access to over 1200 lesson plans which are aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.  The Illinois Agricultural Core Curriculum is made available to Illinois agriculture teachers via  This curriculum is divided into the following cluster areas: AgriScience, Horticulture, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Mechanics & Technology, Animal, Plant & Soil Science, Environmental Science, and Biological & Physical Science Applications in Agriculture.

Professional Development

Professional development opportunities are available to agriculture teachers at several conferences throughout the year. Through partnerships between FCAE, the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT), and agricultural businesses, experts from all aspects of the agriculture industry provide educational workshops for teachers. Agriculture teachers remain up-to-date on the latest agricultural industry techniques as well as new curriculum resources that are available for classroom use. In-service activities are selected by the IAVAT Professional Development Committee with input provided from a survey completed by Illinois agriculture teachers.

FCAE Program Advisors are also available to conduct hands-on workshops utilizing the activities in the mAGic and AgriLearning Kits. County Ag In The Classroom coordinators provide teacher workshops and presentations to K-8 students. Both the FCAE Program Advisors and the AITC Coordinators assist non-agriculture teachers in incorporating agricultural instruction and activities into their classrooms.

On-site Technical Assistance

Each year the high school agricultural education programs statewide are visited by a FCAE Program Advisor to assist agriculture teachers in improving and expanding agricultural education. FCAE Program Advisors can provide curriculum revitalization advice, marketing suggestions, program development planning, and professional development as a part of their yearly visit to each agriculture program.