You are not logged in. Sign In | Forgot Password?
Logo | Illinois Agrivultural Education

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..
/Ag-Ed Advocacy/About-FCAE

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. .
FFA FFA Alumni IL FFA Foundation IAVAT IACCAI PAS IFB Youth Education IAITC FCAE ILCAE ICAE ISBE Illinois Department of Agriculture MyCAERT ITCS The AET

Listserv Messages

ITCS Instructional Materials
Media Communications Specialist
Nick Wherley
1401 South Maryland Drive
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-5170
(217) 333-0005 fax
  Weekly Messages
Last 5 messages
all messages

New from ITCS Instructional Materials

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Items in this message:

*sent to all contacts*

1. NEW PubsPlus Website

2. Vegetable Production in the Midwest – Major Revision

3. Small Gas Engine Service Techniques – NEW Release

4. Budget Sheet


1. Welcome to the NEW PubsPlus Website

Check out the brand new PubsPlus website, featuring all your favorite resources from ITCS Educational Publishing.

Clean, simple, modern, and user-friendly, we think you'll like what you see. The new website makes it easier to browse categories and find product information as well as view samples.

Many resources will be offered in different versions, including digital downloadable formats.

Need the Dairy Foods PowerPoint resource? You can now get it as a digital download, in addition to CD-ROM and USB flash drive. Other downloadable resources will constantly be added, so check back often.

Please note that you will need to create a new account the first time you use the new PubsPlus.

New feature! You can now pay online with a purchase order. Create an account and contact customer service for approval before first usage.

2. Vegetable Production in the Midwest – Major Revision

Do you want to grow your own foods? Home gardeners in the Midwest will find everything they need to plan, prepare, plant and care for a vegetable or herb garden, and harvest their bounty. This stunning publication provides detailed instructions with line drawings and color photographs of 100 major vegetables, minor vegetables, and herbs.

This is an excellent reference resource for your classroom. Students can learn about new crops suitable for their growing area. They can also explore many different varieties created in the last few years.

To learn more and to see sample pages, please visit PubsPlus.

3. Small Engine Service Techniques – NEW Release

This resource is an introduction to small gas engine measuring and the technology used to repair engines. It contains a series of PowerPoint presentations that feature photos and short videos of engine part evaluation and technical measuring. The materials are divided into segments for easy access and presentation.

Each of the segments includes PowerPoint presentations with text and photos explaining how to evaluate a specific engine component; a description of the evaluation process using a step-by-step format including a video component for many of the segments; and an overview of the tools required for evaluating engines and an explanation of how to use them. Also included are printable handouts to accompany each of the digital presentations, as well as sample worksheets to be printed and used with engine evaluation.

The resource covers the following topics: measuring bearing clearance, camshaft lift, circuit testing, compression test, measuring cylinder out-of-round, cylinder taper, using micrometers and calipers, piston pin diameter, measuring piston wear, reconditioning valve seats, measuring and setting spark plug gap, using torque wrenches, and measuring valve lash.

The presentations use modern engines typical to those found in industry and agricultural applications. The presentations provide information regarding the evaluation and measurement of key engine components during engine repair or overhaul. Some information is included that may assist technical decisions regarding engine repair and replacement due to wear and use.

This product includes more than 200 PowerPoint slides, 10 video clips, and student handouts for most presentations. It is a comprehensive resource for teaching small gas engine evaluation and introducing students to the skills and knowledge used by engine technicians.

This resource can be purchased as a CD-ROM, USB drive, or digital download. To learn more, please visit PubsPlus.

4. Budget Sheet

Looking to spend some extra funding to add some new teaching tools that enhance your curriculum? Attached to this message is the order form with new items released in the past few years, including 16 resources within the past year. Please take a look and see if we have anything that might meet your needs.

 As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions or visit to see sample materials for each publication.

To be removed from this list, contact
Attachments in this message
Spring 2018.pdf