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  ILCAE Awards Announced - RSVP to Nov 19 Meeting  
  Dean Dittmar, Coordinator  11/13/2019 2:56:00 PM  

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) has just announced their annual award winners as follows: 
Bill Johnson Excellence in Education
    -Jane Quinlan, Board Member, Illinois State Board of Education

Excellence in Agribusiness
     -Rod Stoll, VP-Marketplace Engagement, Farm Credit Illinois                     
     -Tami Craig Schilling, Agronomy Knowledge Transfer Lead, Bayer Crop Science

Excellence in Media
      -Steve Bridge, Agribusiness Director, WFMB Radio

Jim Guilinger Legislative
       -State Senator Andy Manar-48th District
       -State Senator Dave Syverson-35th District                                                           
       -Representative Nathan Reitz-116th District
       -Representative Norine Hammond-93rd District

Perry Schneider Special Recognition
        -Melissa Lamczyk, Coordinator, Franklin County Ag In The Classroom

All individuals that have an interest in improving and expanding agricultural education are invited to attend this ILCAE Annual Meeting.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

9:30 am - Networking & Refreshments
10 am - Welcome
12 pm - Awards Luncheon (complimentary)  ending by 1:30 pm
3 pm - Adjourn
Click to RSVP             Click for the Meeting Agenda         August Meeting minutes attached.

Location:  Brandt Consolidated, 2935 S Koke Mill Rd, Springfield

These 31 individuals are attending so far.

Last Name First Name Affiliation
Allen Luke FCAE
Bolin Casey FCAE- District 5
Bowlin Gay Franklin County Farm Bureau
Butcher Jake Dorgan, Butcher, and Phelps, LLC
Cattron David Educator, Retired
Dittmar Dean FCAE
Doug Hanson ProHarvest Seeds
Dry Frank Illinois FFA Center - Retired
Hammond Norine State Representative
Hammond Leonard Spouse
Haywood Jr. Kim Lovejoy Academy
Jeff Galle Global Pork Production Enterprises
Jones Karen Growmark
Kaufman Donna Regional Office of Education #9
Lamczyk Melissa Franklin County Ag in the Classroom
Manar Andy State Senator
Michael Woods Illinois College
Otto Jeannine Illinois AgriNews/Shaw Media
Quinlan Jane ISBE Board Member
Riech Rodney Brandt Consolidated
Ropp Becky GROWMARK, Inc.
Schieler Karen Compeer Financial
Schilling Tami Bayer Crop Science
Schilling Rodney Farmer - Okawville
Shipman Kay FarmWeek
Siergiej Haley Nutrients for Life
Solomonson Jay FCAE
Stoll Rod Farm Credit Illinois
Swanson Dan State Representative
Warren Graeff PNC Bank
Waters Jennifer FCAE

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (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 Illinois Agricultural Education Plan.

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.

Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
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