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Agriculture Instructors

Career & Technical Student Organization 

FFA

Agriculture

Program Pathway

Course Offerings

 
Intro to CTE (Career and Technical Education)

9th grade - .5 Practical Art credit

This course will be an introduction to career and technical education programs.Students will be exposed to computer science, health science, machining and manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, carpentry, criminal justice, and family and consumer sciences. This broad introduction class will help students find a program that perhaps they may choose as a career choice after high school.

ELL Intro to CTE (Career and Technical Education)

9th-12th grade - 1 Practical Art credit, Full year

This course will be an introduction to career and technical education programs. Students will be exposed to computer science, health science, machining and manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, carpentry, criminal justice, and family and consumer sciences. This broad introduction class will help students find a program that perhaps they may choose as a career choice after high school.

Agriculture Science I

9th and 10th Grade - 1 Practical Art credit

This course is an introductory course designed for instruction in animal science, agricultural mechanics, career exploration, leadership, personal development, and supervised agricultural experience. Units may include FFA, animal science, animal husbandry, plant science, agribusiness and basic welding and project construction. This course is designed to focus on the role and importance of agriculture in our society. Agriculture Science I is in the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Cluster of courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

CASE - Introduction to AFNR (Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources)

9th and 10th Grade - 1 Practical Art credit

This course is an introductory course designed for instruction in animal science, agricultural mechanics, career exploration, leadership and personal development and supervised agricultural experience. Units may include agribusiness, natural resources, food science, animal industry and horticulture. Emphasis is placed on the role and importance of agriculture in our society. Agricultural Sciences I is in the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Cluster of courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

CASE - Animal Science

10th, 11th, 12th Grades – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: CASE-Introduction to AFNR or Agricultural Science I

This course includes advanced scientific principles in livestock production, marketing, judging, food science, nutrition, breeding, production records, and selection and animal health & waste management. There will be additional instruction in career development and leadership in the agricultural field. Animal Science II is in the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Cluster of Courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.  Students must have current Medical form and insurance on file.  

CASE - Plant Science

10th, 11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: CASE-Introduction to AFNR or Agricultural Science I

This course provides instruction that builds upon the scientific knowledge and technical skills gained in Project CASE-Introduction to AFNR in the area of plant production. Areas of study include soils, hydroponics, plant anatomy and physiology, taxonomy, growing environments, sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, insects and diseases, and production and marketing.  Plant Science is in the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Cluster of Courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

CASE - Food Science and Safety 

11th, 12th Grade- 1 Practical Art Credit

Prerequisites: CASE-Introduction to AFNR and CASE-Animal Science or CASE-Plant Science

This course is a specialization course in the CASE Program of Study. 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 quality, food chemistry, food processing, food product development, marketing, and consumer behavior. Research and experimental design will be highlighted as students develop and conduct industry appropriate investigations.

Principles of Agricultural Mechanics (Formerly Ag Science 2)

10th, 11th, 12th, Grades – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: CASE-Introduction to AFNR or Agricultural Science I. 

Students must pay a $15 shop fee, and provide proof of insurance.

This course provides instruction that builds upon the scientific knowledge and technical skills gained in Project CASE-Introduction to AFNR. Heavy emphasis is placed on topics of agricultural mechanics, human resource development, career planning and record keeping.. Students must have current Medical form and insurance on file. 

 CASE - Animal and Plant Biotechnology

11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: CASE-Introduction to AFNR, and either CASE Animal Science or CASE-Plant Science

This course includes the topics in the history of biotechnology, the principles of scientific research, cell biology, genetic transfer, genetically modified organisms, cloning, and the application of biotechnology to plant science, animal science, medicine, the food industry, and ecology.  Consumer issues, ethics, and careers are also addressed. Biotechnology is in the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Cluster of courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

Advanced Animal Science (Crowder College Dual Credit Option)

11th, 12th Grades – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Application only or by permission.

Students who elect to take the class for dual credit will earn 4 credit hours. The Crowder course title is ANSC 114 - Animal Science. The optional college course fee is currently $60 per credit hour (subject to change yearly).This course provides students with a greater appreciation and understanding of the advanced structure and economics of livestock production. Students will gain a new perspective on the influence of livestock production globally, nationally and statewide. This course lays a good foundation for a continuing education in agriculture.

Agricultural Business Communications 

11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: FFA Officer or Committee Chairman, or teacher permission  

This course is designed to enable students to develop and demonstrate agricultural leadership skills. Curriculum will focus on public speaking, written communication, team organizational goals and team organizational activities. Agricultural Business Communications is in the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Cluster of Courses identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

Agricultural Business Leadership 

11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Senior FFA Officer or Committee Chairman, or teacher permission

This course is designed for Senior FFA Officers and Committee Chairman. It will equip students with individual and group leadership skills. Course content includes leadership principles, officer training, and effective communication, positive public relations skills, organizing and conducting group meetings and activities, and team building.

Agricultural Construction 1

11th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Successful completion of 2 units in Agriculture courses or instructor permission.  Students must pay a $15 shop fee and project fees (amount TBD).

This course provides instruction in metal fabrication and design of agricultural equipment. Students will focus on the study and practice of AC-DC arc, mig and oxyacetylene welding. Instruction will be given in shop equipment operation and safety. Must Pass OSHA Safety within first three weeks of the class, ineligible to be in shop until passed, and must have proof of current insurance and medical form on file. 

Agricultural Construction 2

12th Grade - 2 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Agricultural Construction I, Students must pay a $15 shop fee and project fees (amount TBD).

This course expands on training in the areas of agricultural fabrication with emphasis on shop safety, drawing and reading plans for projects, and the design and layout of projects. Principles learned in Agricultural Construction I will be applied when students choose and construct a project (with the approval of the instructor). Must Pass OSHA Safety within first three weeks of the class, ineligible to be in shop until passed, and must have proof of current insurance and medical form on file. 

Ag AOE
11th, 12th Grade – 1-2 Practical Art credits
Prerequisite: Successful completion of any 2 units of Ag courses and instructor permission

This course provides for the enrollment of students that are released on school time to complete a cooperative occupational experience in an approved training station in agriculture.

Agricultural Structures
11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit
Prerequisite: Successful completion of 2 introductory Ag classes or teacher permission. Students must pay a $15 shop fee, and provide proof of insurance.  

This course offers instruction in the proper planning and construction of farm buildings and facilities. Emphasis will be placed on drawing and plan reading, surveying, concrete, electricity, plumbing and shop safety. Students enrolled that are in 12th grade will also have the opportunity to obtain Forklift Certification.  Must Pass OSHA Safety within first three weeks of the class, ineligible to be in shop until passed, and must have proof of current insurance and medical form on file. 

Introduction to Small Engine Technology
10th, 11th Grade - 1 Practical Art credit
Prerequisite: Ag Science or CASE: Intro to AFNR

This complete course curriculum is refined from the Briggs & Stratton Authorized Field Service School, a widely acclaimed small engine training program in the industry. Students will complete hands on tasks related to the assembly, maintenance, and troubleshooting of a single cylinder carbureted engine. Upon completion of the course, students will take an on-line certification exam through the Equipment Engine and Training Council. Passing the Basic Engines exam with a 70% or higher will earn the student a “market value asset”, an industry related credential that includes a certificate, certification patch, and a chevron for the students’ work uniform. Students have the opportunity to join a CTSO and compete in the SkillsUSA Power Equipment Technology contest.  This class requires that students pass the OSHA 10 safety course as well.  Must Pass OSHA Safety within first three weeks of the class, ineligible to be in shop until passed, and must have proof of current insurance and medical form on file. 

Agricultural Power 1 - Powered Equipment Tech                            

11th, 12th Grade - 1 Practical Art Credit

Prerequisite: Intro to Small Engines

In this course students will build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in the Intro to Small Engines course. Students will learn theory and complete hands-on, project-based tasks related to the servicing and maintenance of components used to transfer power including: bearings and gears, as well as drive systems commonly found in agricultural implements. Students will have the opportunity to earn industry related credentials pertaining to safety, engine equipment technology, and forklift operation.  Must Pass OSHA Safety within first three weeks of the class, ineligible to be in shop until passed, and must have proof of current insurance and medical form on file.

Agricultural Power 2 – Powersports Maintenance Technology                    

12th Grade - 1 Practical Art Credit        

Prerequisite: Ag Power 1                                       

In this course students will build upon the knowledge and skills obtained in the Agricultural Power 1 course. Students will learn theory and complete hands-on, project-based tasks using service and parts manuals related to the servicing and maintenance of powersports equipment including: chassis and suspension systems, tire mounting and wheel balancing, brake service, electrical and control systems, and fuel injection systems. Students will have the opportunity to earn industry related credentials pertaining to engine equipment technology.  Must Pass OSHA Safety within first three weeks of the class, ineligible to be in shop until passed, and must have proof of current insurance and medical form on file. 

Landscape Design & Greenhouse Management

11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: CASE-Introduction to AFNR

First semester will cover the production of plants and shrubs, for the purpose of landscaping. Approved practices in wholesaling and retailing horticulture products will be studied. This course includes the techniques of landscape design, landscape construction, installation, and maintenance. Students will utilize a 3-D CAD on their landscape projects. Second semester, students will develop a basic understanding of greenhouse techniques. The production of greenhouse crops will be used to demonstrate procedures such as plants started from cuttings, Seeds, grafts, and layering. Students will manage their own crop as a greenhouse project.  Must have proof of current insurance and medical form on file.

Agricultural Natural Resources and Conservation

11th, 12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Must have completed 2 units of agriculture courses or teacher permission

This course prepares students for activities in the conservation and/or improvement of natural resources such as oil, water, air, forests, fish and wildlife for economic and recreational purposes. Students learn that management of our natural resources, wildlife, and ecological systems is an essential component in sustaining our environment.

CASE-Ag Research and Development

12th Grade – 1 Practical Art credit

Prerequisite: Application only or by permission.

The Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) course is the capstone designed to culminate students’ experiences in agriculture, based on the pathway of study they pursued. Woven throughout the course are projects and problems based in practical applications and designed to develop and improve employability skills of students. Students will further enhance research, critical thinking, and teamwork skills as they expand on content knowledge from previous CASE courses. Students will work to solve complex, real-world problems through a focused research project. This process will include conducting research, data analysis and communication, and the development of new products.