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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. .

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NCGA Scholarships, National FFA Scholarships, IASCOE T-Shirt Design Contest

Monday, November 13, 2017

Items in this listserv: 

1.) National FFA Scholarships- Deadline February 8, 2018

2.) NCGA Scholarships Deadline December 1, 2017 

3.) IASCOE T-Shirt Design Contest win $250 for your FFA Chapter 

4.) Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition

5.) IPPA 2018 State Ambassador Internship 



1.) National FFA Scholarships- Deadline February 8, 2018

The 2018 Scholarship Application goes live Wednesday, November 15! 

Students –

  • Access the application through FFA members create accounts using an Invite code or FFA ID. (Invite codes are obtained from their FFA advisors.) Students with existing accounts sign in using those credentials.

Advisors –

  • Log into to renew rosters and issue Invite codes located by member names on the active roster. FFA members must be renewed and active on the chapter roster. Invitations can be generated individually or by using the “Bulk Action” option. (Advisors who do not have an login should obtain one from state staff.)

Remember: Under no circumstances should FFA members create accounts without an Invite code or FFA ID. Accounts created without an Invite Code or FFA ID  are for non-member use onlyFFA members submitting a “non-member” application are not eligible for scholarships with membership criteria. (Submitting more than one application is grounds for disqualification.)

Membership status is checked before judging begins. ONLY STUDENTS WITH A CURRENT, ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP STATUS WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE FOR SCHOLARSHIPS WITH MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA. The deadline to confirm membership status with the National FFA Organization is MARCH 1, 2018National FFA will not contact states during judging to confirm status.

The following two sponsors have added eligibility requirements:

  • America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (Monsanto Fund) require applicants to obtain two electronic farmer endorsements. Details at (under the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders logo) or at
  • Built Ford Tough scholarships require applicants to visit a participating dealer and obtain an endorsement on the 2018 Signature Page.

DEADLINES: The 2018 scholarship application must be submitted online prior to 11:59 p.m.* EST Feb. 1, 2018.

Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018.

Questions?  Email


2.) NCGA Scholarships Deadline December 1, 2017 

The National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation are now accepting applications for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field during the 2018-19 school year. While these scholarships are open to any NCGA members and their children or legal guardians, all submissions must be postmarked on or before December 1, 2017 for consideration.

"Building the leaders of tomorrow is essential to NCGA's work to build a productive, sustainable and profitable corn industry," said John Linder, chair of the Engaging Members Committee. "Our partnership with BASF helps ease the financial pressures these students face in pursuing their degree and, in doing so, helps ensure the brightest minds remain engaged in agriculture."

Applicants for the NCGA William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship Program must be entering at least their second undergraduate year or any year of graduate study, and they or a parent or legal guardian must be an NCGA member. Students may apply for membership in order to participate. Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before December 1, 2017.

Scholarship recipients will be selected in early 2018. Recipients and a parent or guardian will enjoy travel and lodging to attend the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California, to be recognized at the NCGA Banquet and have the opportunity to learn more about modern agriculture.

This is the eleventh year for the partnership between BASF and NCGA. The complete rules and application can be found on our website at


3.) IASCOE T-Shirt Design Contest win $250 for your FFA Chapter 

The IASCOE organization (employees of the USDA in Illinois) would like to invite all FFA chapters to submit a t-shirt design.  All shirts would need to incorporate the USDA Logo and Illinois in them.  The design could be as simple as our logo on the front and a creative saying for the back of the shirt to a full front design with the USDA logo somewhere within the design and the world Illinois.  Our Shirt Design Committee would make the decision as to which chapter wins and we will award that chapter with $250.00. Email for more information. The flyer is attached. 


4.) Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition

The 2018 Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition is here and registration will open on November 20th. In 2017 we had 26 different nations have a team sign up to be a part of the Competition and with your help, we can continue that in 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity for the high school students of Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers to showcase their knowledge and passion for STEM to solve a very real issue the entire world is facing: Climate Change.

The Clean Tech Competition is an international research and design challenge for 15-18-year-old pre-university students. This is a prestigious educational opportunity for students across the world that challenges students to be innovative while encouraging their passion for the sciences and we want to invite the students of Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers to participate in this year’s competition! Now is the time to tell your teachers and spreading the word to the students so they can gather their teams and get ready to register! There is no limit to the number of teams per school/organization and I hope to see many registrations from yours.

Competition Information
Each year, the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources.

  • The 2018 Challenge: “Solving Climate Change” asks students to develop a clean technology solution to the many problems associated with climate change.
  • Teams consist of 1-3 students, are assisted by a Team Leader (i.e. parent, teacher, or mentor), to develop a written proposal.
  • No limit to the number of teams per school!
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Online registration November 20th!
  • First Round Paper Submissions are due April 20, 2018.
  • 10 Finalist Teams are selected, given a $200 (USD) stipend and matched with a Mentor to help them prepare a Prototype and presentation for the Finalist Event.
  • Finalists compete for the $10,000 (USD) grand prize and a ‘Continued Mentorship’
  • The final event to happen at Stony Brook University, NY, USA July 13, 2018!

How can your students get involved?

To help bring the Clean Tech Competition to your organization’s students, we ask that you share information about this opportunity with students, fellow educators, and parents. Feel free to distribute the following informational documents:

If you have any questions regarding the competition details, or how to incorporate the competition into your curriculum, please contact us. We look forward to having participants representing Illinois in the Clean Tech Competition this year and in years to come!

Contact Information
Competition Administrator: Mr. Frank DiGiovanni     * Email:


5.) IPPA 2018 State Ambassador Internship 

The Illinois Pork Producers Association is recruiting for the 2018 State Ambassador Internship. The individual will serve as a representative of the association and the pork industry during the upcoming year.

The chosen individual will hold the title of "State Ambassador" for a full year (Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2018) and will work from the Springfield office during the summer of his/her term. Main duties of the intern include managing the birthing center during the Illinois State Fair, attending Summer Ag Institutes, a project of his/her choosing (to be discussed with staff), and various other tasks. A $4,500 scholarship will be provided to the intern upon successful completion of the internship.

Qualified candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 23, and have an interest in the pork industry. It is encouraged that he/she have strong communication and leadership skills, and be a member of IPPA (or willing to become one).

Applications are available on and are due December 1, 2017. Please complete the application and all requirements and email to or physically mailed to the IPPA office, attention Jenny. For questions please contact Jenny at 217-529-3100.

Application here:

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