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  2022 Illinois AFNR Education Annual Report  
  Dean Dittmar  3/1/2023 7:30:00 AM  

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 the 2022 Illinois AFNR Education Report.  Please forward to colleagues and friends.  AFNR state staff and state FFA officers will be distributing this report at future in person events.  Reply to this email to receive printed copies.

Highlights of the 2022 Report

*359 schools had an approved agricultural education program.

*35,805 students in grades 5-12 were enrolled in agricultural education courses.

*Student Gender: 56% - male, 42% - female, 2% - non-disclosed 

*Ag Teacher Gender: 43% - male, 57% - female, 

*455 ag teachers were employed in the 359 schools.

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

*Schools Allowing an Agriculture Course to Fulfill Graduation Requirements:
 74% Science 
 39% Consumer Education 
 8% Math 
 5% Programs Social Studies
 6% Language Arts 

*$15,606,707 total net earnings was generated by students with work-based learning activities known as supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects.

*Lab Facilities in Schools 
 81% - Mechanics  
 75% - Greenhouse   
 37% - Garden

*$60,873.56 was the average salary of an agriculture teacher. 
  $49,068 was the average salary of a first year agriculture teacher.

*Ag teachers recorded 421 hours on average beyond the school day to assist student improvement, school environment, and community events.  Average teacher contract length was 11 months.

*63% of programs had a FFA alumni chapter.

*206,194 preK-8 grade students gained knowledge about food and farms through classroom lessons.

*29 colleges provided agriculture degree programs with 3,088 students enrolled in AFNR degree programs.

*4,529 students enrolled in university AFNR degree programs.

*Demand for agriculture teachers was greater than supply. 

*33 students graduated in May, 2022, with a degree in agricultural education licensed to teach.         
 139 schools had vacancies for ag teachers.

Thank you to all Illinois Agricultural Education stakeholders for supporting, improving, and expanding 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. 

(Sent to all contacts, administrators, and school counselors.)
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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