Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE)
ILCAE is governed by a 30 member board of directors who represent and serve as a link between the agricultural industry and agricultural education. ILCAE is an advocacy group focused on legislation, funding, and promotion of agricultural education and serves as an advisory council for the initiatives of the Agricultural Education line item. ILCAE is responsible for the vision of Agricultural Education thru the IL Ag Ed Plan.
ILCAE Meeting Dates:
January 27, 2017 - Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign (prior to IL FFA Alumni Conference)
March 21, 2017 - IAA Building / Growmark, Bloomington
June 21, 2017 - DoubleTree Hotel, Bloomington (during IAVAT Conference)
August 31, 2017 - Extension Office, Decatur (during Farm Progress Show)
November, 2017 - TBD
ILCAE Meeting Minutes
Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE)
The purpose of the ICAE is to advise the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on agricultural education. The thirteen-member committee is composed of members representing the following groups: six members from ILCAE, two secondary agricultural teachers, one agricultural literacy representative, one community college agricultural teacher, one adult agricultural education teacher, one university agricultural teacher, and one FFA representative.
ICAE Meeting Dates:
January 12, 2017 - IL State Board of Education, Springfield
March 21, 2017 - IAA Building, Bloomington
June 19, 2017 - DoubleTree Hotel, Bloomington
August, 2017 - TBD
ICAE Meeting Minutes
History of ILCAE and ICAE
The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) was formed in 1984 as a result of a grassroots movement by the Illinois agriculture industry to recognize that agriculture is central to the welfare and economic stability of the state and requires a continued source of trained and qualified individuals for employment in agriculture.
The efforts of ILCAE led to legislation by the Illinois General Assembly in 1986 (Public Act 84-1452) which amended the Illinois School Code to provide greater emphasis on Agricultural Education and resulted in the following:
1. The establishment of the Governor-appointed Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE).
2. Implementation of the "Building Illinois Through Quality Agricultural Education” strategic plan.
3. Establishment of the Agricultural Education line item in the ISBE agency budget to allow for the implementation of the strategic plan, establishment of the Incentive Funding Grants for local districts to assist in local program implementation, and the establishment of Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) initiative.
In 1987, the first agricultural education line item within the Illinois State Board of Education budget was approved at $48,500. When the line item was increased to $1,000,000 in 1989, the Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education Project (FCAE) was established to assist in the coordination of improvement and expansion efforts in agricultural education. The current funding level for the agricultural education line item is $1,800,000.
Additional Historical Key Dates for ILCAE and ICAE