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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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Mindy Bunselmeyer
Illinois FFA Center
Executive Director
3221 Northfield Drive
Springfield, IL 62702
(217) 753-3328 x101 Cell-217.412.5646
(217) 753-3359 fax
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Day of Service Grants, Chapter Strategic Plans, SAE Grants, Roster Information

Monday, September 17, 2018

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Items in this listserv:  

1.  $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available

2.  Chapter Strategic Plan - DUE Friday, November 30, 2018


4.  Illinois FFA Dues or Affiliation Fees Information

1.  $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available

Hosting a service event around the holidays? Now is the time to apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at

2.  Chapter Strategic Plan - DUE Friday, November 30, 2018

Just like last year, you can submit your Chapter Strategic Plan (Pre POA) in any format that your FFA chapter prefers.  The only requirement is that it is submitted electronically and received by the Illinois FFA Center by November 30, 2018.  

The Chapter Strategic Plan (Pre POA) is a minimum standard requirement for Section E of the Incentive Funding Grant Application (IFGA).  You must submit a Chapter Strategic Plan ( Pre POA) by November 30, 2018, to receive any credit in Section E of the IFGA.  

The FFA Chapter can use any format they prefer, but all plans received must be sent electronically.  NO paper copies are needed.  

Steps to complete the 2018 Chapter Strategic Plan Process: 

  1. ALL FFA Chapters MUST Click here
  2. ALL FFA Chapters MUST Answer the first 5 questions of the form.  
  3. EITHER upload your own plan OR complete the form you have opened created by the Illinois FFA Center created.
  4. ALL Chapters MUST open this form REGARDLESS of what format you choose to do your Chapter Strategic Plan in.
  5. Here are the Questions on the Chapter Strategic Plan form.  
  6. Questions, email

There is NO NEED for emails or any other correspondence for submitting the Chapter Strategic Plan.    

As a reminder, the Chapter Strategic Plan (Pre - POA) is due November 30, 2018.

Because everything is submitted electronically, it is dated when you complete the form, there is NO need to send this to your Section President or anyone else, simply print a copy of it for your records and have a GREAT year accomplishing your goals!


Illinois FFA members do not take advantage of this opportunity nearly as we should.  THIS IS GREAT OPPORTUNITY!  PLEASE click here and look further into this for your students!  SAE grants are due by November 15, 2018.  

4.  Illinois FFA Dues or Affiliation Fees Information

With the 2018-2019 membership year, the start/end date has shifted.  It will now run from August 1 through July 31 of each year.  You may complete your FFA roster on at any time now for this year.  There have been a few changes made to the roster area on the National website.  The most notable being that you, as the advisor, are able to make some changes to students’ personal information again.  You are able to correct the spelling, add an e-mail address, etc.  In addition, they have improved the “help” features of the website.  If you see a question mark (?) in the upper right corner of a screen, click on it to take you to the help features.  You will get multiple options (print or video) to choose from to be able to assist you with any step of the roster process.   

Once again, you have the option to be a traditional dues-paying chapter, with the annual dues being $14.00 per member ($7.00 for National FFA dues plus $7.00 for the Illinois FFA dues) or you may choose the affiliation option.  You may find the affiliation fee schedule on the Illinois FFA website under the Teacher then General Downloads tabs or by clicking on the above link.  There is also an additional annual $10 district dues per chapter to be paid with the FFA membership dues.    

If you would like to become an affiliated chapter this year, please be sure to complete the affiliation request on the National website ( by October 15th.  To make that request, follow these steps:

  • Log in to
  • Go to your chapter profile
  • Click on Chapter/Program Data – located on the left side
  • Click on Dues/Fees – located across from the Chapter/Program Data button.
  • Click on the blue words – “Affiliation Request”
  • Follow the screens, reading the agreement and submitting your approval of it.

An affiliated chapter is one in which all of the students enrolled in an Ag Ed class are members of the FFA.  Once you have chosen the affiliation option for the chapter, it cannot go back to being a traditional dues-paying chapter, it must remain an affiliated chapter. 

In order to be a chapter in good standing, you must do the following:

  1. Complete your roster and submit it to state
  2. Complete the correct Membership Form, either for dues or affiliation
  3. Mail the completed membership form with a check to the Illinois FFA Center by November 1 (postmark date). 

    If you choose to use AET to complete your roster, once the students have completed their profile information on AET so that it is 100%, you can transfer the students to the National FFA website.  Please remember that you will then need to go into the National FFA website and submit the students to the state level.  It will migrate all of your students to the local level on  If you are a dues chapter, you will need to choose just those students who are FFA members to approve to the state level.  If you are an affiliated chapter, you will be able to use the select all feature and submit all of the members to the state level. 

    The membership forms may be obtained by clicking on the following link:  Membership Forms.  This will take you to the Illinois FFA website, Teachers, Forms.  Please be sure to complete the correct Membership Form, either for dues or the affiliation fee. 

    REMINDER:  The roster must be completed and submitted to the state level, the membership form received (don’t forget to obtain the signatures on the form) and the dues/fee check received by a postmark date of November 1 in order to receive credit on the Incentive Funding Grant.

    If you have any questions about the FFA roster, please contact Tammy at the FFA Center ( or 217-753-3328 ext. 106.

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