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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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Springfield, IL 62702
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Office Closing, December CDEs, Spring 212, and Illinois WLC Bus Trip Announcement

Monday, November 13, 2017

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Items included in this message:

1. Office Closing - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2. December CDEs

3. Spring 212

4. Illinois WLC Bus Trip


1. Office Closing - Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Illinois FFA Center will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 for a staff retreat. Staff members will be visiting the Schaumburg Marriott hotel to discuss spring 212 conference, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, and Joliet Junior College.


2. December CDEs - Ag Sales, Agronomy, Dairy Foods, and Meats

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017


  Early Bird (prior to 11-26-17) Full (after 11-25-17)
IAVAT member $12/student $20/student
Non-member $48/student $80/student

Ag Sales Location: Parkland College (2400 W Bradley Ave, Champaign, IL 61821)

Ag Sales teams must have placed in the top 3 teams in their district to participate at state. These results must be verified by your district IAVAT director.

A tentative schedule of Ag Sales presentations will be released by December 1. Teams registering after this date will be placed into remaining presentation slots.


Agronomy, Dairy Foods, and Meats Location: Stock Pavilion (1402 W Pennsylvania Ave; Urbana, IL 61801)

Event Registration: 8:30- 9:30 am

Contest Start: 10 am

For the Agronomy, Dairy Foods, and Meats CDEs at the University of Illinois, all meters and lots are free on the weekend except for those marked "24 hours, 7 days a week".


Click here to submit registration for the State Ag Sales, Agronomy, Dairy Foods, and/or Meats CDEs.


3. Spring 212

212/360 Conference Registration - Opens on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 ~4:00 P.M.  

 Event Dates: 

February 2-3, 2018 - Schaumburg Marriott - 50 N Martingale Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60173

February 9-10, 2018 - Collinsville DoubleTree- 1000 Eastport Plaza Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234



Registration Limits:



Max participants per chapter

Total spots available

212 Schaumburg

8, 9, 10



212 Collinsville 8, 9, 10 8 ~280

Registration Cost:

$100/participant (including advisor)


Registration Deadlines:

December 20 – Pre-registration due (to be sent via listserv Tuesday, November 21, 2017 ~4pm)

Schaumburg Housing - Hotel Reservations due January 2, 2018. Payment due January 19, 2018.

Collinsville Housing - Hotel Reservations due January 19, 2018. Payment due January 26, 2018.

Waiver/Media/Medical forms (more info below) due electronically for all participants the Monday prior to each event (January 29 and February 5 respectively)

Letters with tentative conference agendas and further details are below.

Schaumburg 212 Letter

Collinsville 212 Letter


Registration Instructions:

  • New this year – Initial pre-registration will only require the number of participants for each conference (no name, gender, etc.). Upon submitting pre-registration, you will receive an email with an automated invoice and a link to electronic consent forms. A form will need to be submitted for each participant (advisors and students). Advisors may either fill out the information for each student participant or email to students/parents to complete. Regardless of who completes the form, students and parents will each receive a verification email with the information. Based upon feedback from Fall 212 Conference and with approval from the FFA Board of Directors, CampDoc will not be used for 212 Conference to collect health/insurance information, but instead, advisor's will be responsible for managing this information for their own students in whatever way the school/program deems appropriate.
  • Each chapter will be responsible for booking their own overnight lodging for the event and may do so using the housing form linked in the email with your automated invoice.
  • Registration of students will not be accepted without registration of an advisor or an adult chaperone who will be responsible for the students at the event. If your students are traveling with another teacher and will be supervised by that teacher, please list that person on the registration form. Once you receive your invoice (details below), respond to Patti Davis with the information of this advisor being registered under two chapters so that their registration cost can be removed from one of the invoices.
  • Each chapter will be guaranteed 2 spots for each conference.
  • After 2 spots are awarded to each school, the earliest finalized pre-registration will be awarded all students on their registration form. Remaining spots will be distributed in this manner until the latest finalized pre-registrations only receive their 2 guaranteed spots.
  • Updates to registration numbers may only be made up until the December 20 pre-registration deadline. To make changes, respond to the email with your automated invoice (details below) requesting the old registration file be deleted. Once you receive confirmation that the old invoice is deleted, you may re-submit registration with the updated information. As a reminder, any time updates are made to your registration, the timestamp is updated resulting in being lower on the list to receive additional spots.
  • Notifications will be sent out the week following the pre-registration deadline with announcements of students admitted.
  • Chapters that did not attend Fall 212 conference will be given first preference for spots at Spring 212 conferences. Chapters attending Fall 212 conferences may register additional students for a Spring 212 conference, but will only be admitted after those chapters not attending Fall 212.
  • Advisors may use the Trading Post to coordinate substitutions with other chapters after the pre-registration deadline or for housing students together. Payment for these substitutions must be coordinated with both the other school and Patti Davis, Illinois FFA Center Special Projects & Events Specialist.

Payment Instructions:

  • If wanting to pay for conference expenses via hopper funds, the amount available must be verified with Tammy Yard ( prior to starting the registration form.
  • An automated invoice will be emailed after submitting the form.
  • Payment should be made based upon all students submitted. Chapters with students not admitted will have any overpayments refunded via check immediately following the conference.
  • Alumni scholarships have been maintained at the $125 rate to continue covering recipient housing costs. Since chapters will be coordinating and paying for lodging separately, recipients will be sent their $125 scholarship payment after attending the conference to reimburse the chapter. 

Any questions regarding 212/360 registration should be directed to Patti Davis (, Illinois FFA Center Special Projects & Events Specialist.


4. Illinois WLC Bus Trip

Event Dates: June 24 - July 1, 2018

Registration Cost: $1,400

Illinois WLC Bus Trip Registration - Opens on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 ~4:00 P.M.  (to be sent via listserv)




Registration & Consent Forms: February 1, 2018

Seats are not reserved until first installment payment and consent forms are received.


Illinois FFA Alumni Scholarship Recipients:

Scholarship - $550 Registration & $250 Transportation

Remaining Balance ($600) Due February 1, 2018


All other Illinois WLC Bus Trip attendees:

$700 due February 1, 2018

$700 due May 1, 2018


Following the National FFA cancellation policy, cancellations between February 1 - May 1 will not be eligible for a refund of their first installment. Cancellations after May 1 will be responsible for the entire cost of the trip.


Any questions regarding registration for the Illinois WLC Bus Trip should be directed to Patti Davis (, Illinois FFA Center Special Projects & Events Specialist.



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