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The following resources have been developed and made available for Illinois teachers using funding from the Agricultural Education line item. Resources are organized using the eight recognized pathways within the AFNR Career Cluster. Explore the different AFNR pathways for various resources including course guides, e-units, lesson plans, and presentation slides. For more information on AFNR instructional programs, please see the resources below:

 Teacher Guides

AFNR Teacher Guides are comprehensive, clear, and concise informative resources for agricultural educators on various key topics relating to instructional strategies, professional learning topics, program management, and more. Explore the resources below based on your local needs.​

 Illinois Core Curriculum Access

The Illinois Core Curriculum for Agricultural Education is free to Illinois educators and administrators. To access the curriculum, please contact your designated Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) Program Advisor. Your FCAE Program Advisor will assist you in setting up an account, if you have not done so already, and directing you on how to find curriculum materials relating to your local courses. The Illinois Agricultural Education login page can be found here.

 Agribusiness Systems

The Agribusiness Systems (ABS) Career Pathway encompasses the study of agribusinesses and their management, including, but not limited to, record keeping, budget management (cash and credit), business planning, and sales and marketing. Students completing a program of study in this pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the planning, development, application, and management of agribusiness systems in AFNR settings. For more information on ABS instructional programming, please see the resources below.

 Animal Systems

​The Animal Systems (AS) Career Pathway encompasses the study of animal systems, including content areas such as life processes, health, nutrition, genetics, management, and processing, as applied to small animals, aquaculture, exotic animals, livestock, dairy, horses and/or poultry. Students completing a program of study in this pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of animal systems in AFNR settings.

 Biotechnology Systems

​The Biotechnology Systems (BS) Career Pathway encompasses the study of using data and scientific techniques to solve problems concerning living organisms with an emphasis on applications to agriculture, food, and natural resource systems. Students completing a program of study in this pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of biotechnology in the context of AFNR. ​

 Environmental Service Systems

The Environmental Service Systems (ESS) Career Pathway encompasses the study of systems, instruments, and technology used to monitor and minimize the impact of human activity on environmental systems. Students completing a program of study in this pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of environmental systems in AFNR settings. 

 Food Products and Processing Systems

The Food Products and Processing Systems (FPPS) Career Pathway encompasses the study of food safety and sanitation; nutrition, biology, microbiology, chemistry and human behavior in local and global food systems; food selection and processing for storage, distribution and consumption; and the historical and current development of the food industry. Students completing a program of study in this pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of food products and processing in AFNR settings. 

 Natural Resource Systems

The Natural Resource Systems (NRS) Career Pathway encompasses the study of the management, protection, enhancement and improvement of soil, water, wildlife, forests, and air as natural resources. Students completing a program of study in this pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of natural resource systems in AFNR settings. 

 Plant Systems

The Plant Systems (PS) Career Pathway encompasses the study of plant life cycles, classifications, functions, structures, reproduction, media and nutrients, as well as growth and cultural practices through the study of crops, turf grass, trees, shrubs, and/or ornamental plants. Students completing a program of study in this pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of plant systems in AFNR settings. 

 Power, Structural and Technical Systems

The Power, Structural, and Technical Systems (PSTS) Career Pathway encompasses the study of agricultural equipment, power systems, alternative fuel sources, precision technology, as well as woodworking, metalworking, welding, and project planning for agricultural structures. Students completing a program of study in this pathway will demonstrate competence in the application of principles and techniques for the development, application, and management of power, structural, and technical systems in AFNR settings. 

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