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THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PROGRAM consists of three parts:

1)  Classroom and Laboratory

2)  Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)

3)  Leadership Development (FFA)

The classroom and laboratory phase is to prepare students for an agriculture occupation and/or further study in agriculture at a vocational school, community college, or a four-year university.  This phase is intended to further develop a student’s interest in the various areas of agriculture.

The Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Program is a student’s opportunity to put into practice the knowledge and skills learned during agriculture classes.  Experience consists of practical learning conducted outside the regular classroom time.  SAE is not required of students but is recommended.

The leadership development (FFA) phase is a national organization of, by, and for students of high school agriculture. The FFA is an intra-curricular activity and an integral part of the Agricultural Education curriculum.

INTRODUCTION TO WORLD AGRICULTURE AND THE FFA – .5 Credit

Grades 9 10 11 12                                        One Semester Course

No Prerequisites

Intro to Ag/FFA introduces students to all aspects of Agriculture: Livestock, Crops, Marketing, Floriculture, Landscape Design, Food Science, Ag Sales, Ag Communications, Ag Business, and much, much more.  One major area that will be detailed in this class is all of the different careers available in the world of Agriculture.  Students are also introduced to the student organization FFA and all of the leadership and skill contest, and fun activities this great organization offers.

ANIMAL SCIENCE

Grades 9-10-11-12                                                                                                                       1 Semester – .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to World Agriculture and FFA

This is an introductory Animal Science class.  Students will learn about the different animal species (beef, dairy, sheep, goats, swine, poultry and horses), the breeds of these animals, feed and care of the different species, housing needs, and the different way to market the animals in order to make an income.  Basic livestock judging will also be introduced in this class.  Available careers will also be highlighted and researched as a part of this class.

AG COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

Grades 10-11-12                                                                                                                       1 Semester – .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to World Agriculture and FFA

This class will allow students the opportunity to develop a media plan that promotes and educates about different current events in different settings.  Students will develop press releases, videos, digital news broadcast, blogs, and use social media such as Twitter.  A final project will be to help develop publicity for an innovative agricultural practice (it can be a company, group, organization, practice, class project or technology that is being developed).  You will decide what the project will be, making sure the plan focuses on promotion of the project.

The second part of the class will allow the students to develop a marketing plan for a specific product.  You will learn about budgets, benefits, strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of a product and how best to present them to a potential customer.  Learning how to present proposals to a board of directors will also be major part of the learning in this class.

AG SALES/LEADERSHIP

Grades 10-11-12                                                                                                                       1 Semester – .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to World Agriculture and FFA

This class will introduce students to one of the largest career opportunities in any vocation area.  Students will learn the steps involved in setting up the sale, conducting the sale and finally closing sale.  Students will learn how to develop materials to promote products; to compare product; and to enhance features of products.  Students will develop a sales presentation fro start (making own business card) to finish (getting a signed order from – close).

The class will also focus on leadership skills needed to be a part of community and civic organizations all the way up to serving on state and national boards and being a decision maker with these groups.  Numerous “people” skills will be learned to assist the student to succeed in today’s “non-social” social networking world.

 

AG FINANCE AND MANAGEMENT

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                       1 Semester – .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to World Agriculture and FFA

The Ag Finance and Management class is designed for anyone who desires to be in management someday, whether it is owning your own farm or business, or being a manager or officer of a major company.  You will learn all of the skills needed to budget, manage and finance projects, develop long rang goals and plans and determine where funds should go to help a business grow and prosper.  Anyone with plans to be their own boss someday should take this class.

AG ENGINEERING/MECHANICS (Potential Course)       Offered On EVEN Years (Example: 2017-2018, 2019-2020)                               Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                            1 Semester – .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to World Agriculture and FFA

AG BIOTECHNOLOGY  (Potential Course)                            Offered On ODD Years (Example: 2018-2019, 2020-2021)

 Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                            1 Semester – .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to World Agriculture and FFA

FOOD SCIENCE

Grades 11-12                                                                                                                                              1 Semester – .5 Credit

Prerequisite: Introduction to World Agriculture & FFA

Students will investigate areas of food science including food safety, food quality, food chemistry, food processing, food product development, marketing, and consumer behavior.  Research and experimental design will be highlighted.  This will be a major “hands-on” class with many experiments and lab activities.  Students will complete hands-on activities, projects, and problems that simulate actual concepts and situations found in the food science and safety industry, allowing students to build content knowledge and technical skills.  Students will investigate areas of food science including food safety, food chemistry, food processing, food product development, and marketing.  Research and experimental design will be highlighted as students develop and conduct industry

ADVANCED ANIMAL SCIENCE

Grades 11-12                                       1 Semester –.5 Credit/2 Credits with Clinton Community College

Prerequisite: Introduction to World Agriculture and FFA; Animal Science

Students will use knowledge learned in Animal Science to go more in depth with such areas as farm animal reproduction, animal nutrition, genetics, surgery, meat science, and farm animal diseases.  Class time will be divided between hands on experience and a classroom understanding.  All students are expected to continue their FFA membership and be involved in a SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) Project.

CROP PRODUCTION 

Grades 11-12                                            1 Semester –.5 Credit/3 Credits with Clinton Community College

Crop Production covers the general scope of agronomy.  Topics include plant anatomy, physiology, climate, soil, weeds and seeds.