Student Farmers elevate Student Farming in Illinois


Posted on Wednesday 22nd June 2022
Student Farming

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Student Farmers is actively looking to recruit a student ambassador in Illinois, as well as farm mentors in Illinois that can help guide students. Overall, student farming is a great way to reduce the distance from farm to table and increase health for students as well as their parents.

Here is an overview on Student Farmers 

Student Farmers is a growing group of students who are committed to in-home and in-school sustainable farming as a means to promote physical fitness and environmental stewardship.

Our Mission: To improve health and nutrition education, combat the challenges of climate change, and support each other in generating some revenue to help pay for college.

Our Vision: To increase knowledge about the advantages of eating more heathy and locally grown vegetables across the range of high school and college age students. We also hope that many of the parents of the students will learn from their children’s engagement in our organization and adopt a diet with less processed foods to reduce the growing cost of healthcare. 

Here is an example of an agriculture education program in Illinois:

FFA dues for every agriculture student across ILL. paid

ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced on Tuesday, June 21 that Future Farmers of America dues for every student taking agriculture education classes across the state will be covered starting this fall.

According to the IDOA, the $550,000 appropriation is spearheaded by State Senator Doris Turner.

“I am proud to support the next generation of Illinois agricultural enthusiasts by helping alleviate the financial burden of membership dues,” State Senator Doris Turner (D-Springfield) said. “The more bright minds we can bring in to help solve the agricultural problems of tomorrow, the better we all will be in the future.”

The IDOA said paying the dues makes Illinois a FFA affiliation membership state, ensuring every student that is enrolled in agricultural education will have FFA membership dues automatically paid, making them a FFA member.

“In 2022, nearly 37,000 students across the state were enrolled in ag classes, but the state’s FFA membership was 23,000 members,” said IDOA Director Jerry Costello. “By removing the cost barrier, this opens up the doors for thousands more students to benefit from what FFA provides, which goes well beyond what can be taught in the classroom.”

FFA is a national organization for young adults interested in leadership and agriculture.

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