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  2020 IL AFNR Education Report - Dare To Be  
  Dean Dittmar, Coordinator  3/11/2021 5:12:00 PM  

*Sent to all contacts, administrators, and school counselors.

With the current gap between job openings and graduates available, it is imperative that we increase the talent pool for the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) sector, and engage a much larger percentage of the next generation in AFNR Education and FFA.

View and download a pdf file of the 2020 Illinois AFNR Education Report.  Please forward to colleagues and friends.  FCAE program advisors will be distributing at future in person events. 
Click to receive printed single or multiple copies by US mail.  Click to download page by page.

Highlights of the 2020 Report:
*Schools with agricultural education programs increased by 9 schools from 345 schools in 2018-19 to 354 schools in 2019-20.   

*Students enrolled in agricultural education courses was 35,146 students in grades 5-12, an all time high.

*Student Gender: 58% - male, 42% - female

*Student Demographics - 
White - 91.3%
African-American - 1.5%
Hispanic - 1.4%
Two or more - 1.4%
Other - 0.8%
Undisclosed - 3.6%

*Residence Type
Non Farm - 77%
Urban - 14%
Farm - 9%

*20,671 students were FFA members, an all time high.

*Ag teachers employed increased from 432 teachers in 2018-19 to 444 teachers in 2019-20, an increase of 12 teachers.   

*78% of ag teachers were Professional Educator License (PEL) certified
  22% of ag teachers were Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) certified

*80% of schools allowed an agriculture course to fulfill academic graduation requirements mainly in science and consumer education.

*$13,037,128 total net earnings was generated by students with work-based learning activities known as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects.

*Lab Facilities in Schools -
74% - Greenhouse   
77% - Mechanics       
30% - Garden

*$54,780 was the average salary of an agriculture teacher. 
  $47,204 was the average salary of a first year ag teacher.

*Ag teachers recorded 456 hours on average beyond the school day to assist student improvement, school environment, and community events.  Average teacher contract length was 11 months.
*The Cambridge FFA Chapter was awarded the state premier FFA chapter. 

*Ed Curry, ag teacher at the River Ridge High School in Hanover, was named the Golden Owl Ag Educator of the Year.

*463,642 preK-8 grade students gained knowledge about food and farms through classroom lessons.

*26 colleges provided agriculture degree programs.

*3,906 students enrolled in university agriculture degree programs.

*Demand for agriculture teachers was greater than supply. 

*22 students graduated in May, 2020, with a degree in agricultural education licensed to teach. 
66 schools had vacancies for ag teachers.

Thank you to the Illinois Agricultural Education Team listed on pages 1 and 2 for supporting and improving Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Education.

Reply to this email to schedule a school, community, agribusiness event, agency and organization meeting, or other function to present highlights, accomplishments, and challenges. 
Dean Dittmar, Coordinator
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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