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The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a volunteer, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels. ILCAE is primarily an advocacy group focused on strengthening Illinois Agricultural Education and the agricultural industry through such accomplishments like the legislation that established the Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) and the Agricultural Education line item within the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) budget. ILCAE is responsible for the vision of Agricultural Education thru the Illinois Agricultural Education Plan.  

Future Meeting Dates      
  •  Tuesday, June 21, 2022, 11 am - 3 pm 
  • Meeting ID: 873 5641 0487    Passcode: 788721
    Dial by your location:  (312) 626-6799 US (Chicago)
    Agenda  - 11 am start with box lunches and drinks.    
    Illinois Farm Bureau Building - Room 204
    1701 Towanda Avenue
    Bloomington, IL 61701

    Park in the visitor lot and walk up the steps to the main entrance.  At the reception area, give your name and you will be given a visitor badge for the day.   Meeting is in room 204 next to Smith Hall.

Meeting Minutes      
NameDate AddedSize
2022-March (Draft) 3/30/2022 182 KB
2022-February 3/11/2022 184 KB
2021 - December 1/18/2022 203 KB
2021 - September 10/3/2021 584 KB
2021 - June 7/15/2021 40 KB
2021 - March 7/15/2021 38 KB
2021 - February 4/12/2021 183 KB
2020 - December 2/10/2021 126 KB
2020 - September 12/23/2020 110 KB
2020 - July 9/10/2020 131 KB
2020 - March 7/17/2020 121 KB
2020 - January 3/19/2020 101 KB
2019 - November 3/19/2020 108 KB
2019 - August 12/23/2019 120 KB
2019-June 9/7/2019 88 KB
2019-March 7/10/2019 134 KB
2019-February 6/26/2019 19 KB
2018-November 6/26/2019 20 KB
2018-August 6/26/2019 30 KB
2018-June 6/26/2019 58 KB
2018-March 6/26/2019 2788 KB
2018-January 6/26/2019 58 KB
2017-November 6/26/2019 57 KB
2017-August 6/26/2019 30 KB
2017-June 6/26/2019 31 KB
2017-March 6/26/2019 31 KB
2017-January 6/26/2019 30 KB

Recorded Meetings      

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 $5,000,000.

Past Chairs      

1985-87           J. Gordon Bidner - Manager, Funk Seeds International Video1, Video2, Video3
1988-89           Barbara Valerious - Principal, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
1990-93           Glenn Nichols - President, Central Illinois Harvestore, Inc.
1994-96           Perry Schneider - Partner and President, Agra Placements, Ltd.
1997-2001       Tom Reedy – Agriculture Instructor, Lake Land Community College
2002-06           Rick Wills - Director of Education and Development, GROWMARK
2007-10           Mike Massie - Partner, Massie & Rennick Law
2011-12           Co-Chairs, Bill Johnson – Agriculture Instructor, Joliet Junior College
                           Mike Massie - Partner, Massie & Rennick Law
2013-14           Co-Chairs, Bill Johnson – Agriculture Instructor, Joliet Junior College
                           Vern McGinnis - Director of Education & Development, GROWMARK (Retired)
2015-16           Andrew Bowman – Farmer, Oneida
2016-20          Doug Hanson - Farmer & Seed Specialist, ProHarvest Seeds
2020-__          Allyn Buhrow - Farmer, Buhrow Farms


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