b'Expanding aLEGACYMore than 33,000 Illinois high school students are enrolled in agricultural education programs, and over 17,000 high school students participate in FFA programs around Illinois.These programs provide students hands-on experience in premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. However, these programs are in danger of extinction without teachers to fill upcoming vacancies. Over the last six years, the state of Illinois has continued to see a severe shortage of agriculture teachers. Of the 135 student teachers graduating from the four major universities, only 103 went on to pursue a career in the classroom. Additionally, over that same period, Illinois agricultural education lost an average of 30 teachers each year - not including retirements.Based on this concern, and to address the commitment required for qualified teachers to remain in the classroom, the Illinois Farm Bureau developed a teacher recruitment and retention incentive program. The Illinois Agricultural Education Teacher Grant Program provides an increased level of supplemental income for new teachers through an applied-for grant program and shows the emphasis the Farm Bureau placeson agricultural education.Eligible teachers completing their first year in theThe 2018 Illinoisclassroom can apply for this grant program. OnceAgricultural Education awarded, each teacher can receive up to $10,000 overTeacher Grant Program their first five years in the classroom. Recipients: The goal of this program is to encourage agricultural Michaela Greathouse, education teachers to continue in the profession and help bolster agricultural education in Illinois.Grayville High School Blake Uchitjil,St. Anne Community High School Marissa Modglin,Waterloo High School Timothy Bolin,South Central High School 8 Expanding a Legacy|IAA Foundation Impact Report: A Legacy of Excellence'