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INTRO TO AG

(2 semesters, 1 credit) (Grades 9-12)

This introductory course provides an opportunity for students to learn how the agriculture industry is organized; its major components; the economic influence of agriculture at state, national and international levels; and the scope and production application are presented. Basic concepts in animal science, plant science, soil science, horticulture, agriculture resources, agribusiness management, and agriculture mechanics are included.Micro-computer application are introduced. The FFA will be introduced, and Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs will be started. Because the FFA and Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs are integral components of agricultural education, students, are encouraged to maintain an SAE and to participate in FFA activities.

AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE

(2 semesters, 1 credit) (Grades 10-12)

Prerequisite: Introduction to Agricultural Industry

This orientation course builds on basic skills and knowledge gained in the Introducation to Agricultural Industry course. Major units of instruction include agricultural research, soil science, advance plant science, biotechnology, and advance animal science. Applied math and science skills and concepts wil be stressed throughout the course as they relate to each area. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leaderships development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

HORTICULTURE

(2 semesters, 1 credit) (Grade 11-12)

Prerequisite: Agricultural Science

This course is designed to develop student knowledge and skills in the following areas: growing greenhouse crops, producing nursery crops, identifying horticultural plants, designing floral arrangement, operating a garden center. Agribusiness units will be introduced in merchandising, advertising, and displaying horticultural products, as well as selling horticultural products and services. This class will be responsible for planning and operating the annual plant sale.

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS

(2 semesters, 1 credit) (Grades 11-12)

Prerequisite: Agricultural Science

This course is designed to develop students knowledge and skills in area of agricultural mechanics. Industrial units include operating equipment safely, welding with an arc welder, welding and cutting with oxyacetylene, and maintaining and repairing small gasoline engines.

AGRIBUSINESS MANAGEMENT

(2 semesters, 1 credit) (Grade 11-12)

Prerequiste: Agricultural Science

This course will develop students' understanding of the agricultural industry relation to the United States and World marketplace. Instructional units include: business ownership types, planning and organizing the agribusiness, financing the agribusiness, keeping and using records in an agribusiness, operating the agribusiness, agricultural laws, taxes, and developing employability skills. Students skills will be enhanced in math, reading comprehension, and writing through agribusiness application. Improving computer and workplace skills will be the focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.

AGRICULTURE CAREER EXPLORATION

(2 semesters, 2 credits) (Grade 12)

This class will meet 2 hours a days, 5 days a week. Students must provide their own transportation. This course will concentrate on developing student's knowledge of the agriculture industry. Units of instruction will include agriculture business, agriculture accounting, and an overview of ag production and career opportunities. Additional corporate campus units of study are machinery sales and maintenance, farm services and milling/food processing. The goal of this class is to develop basic student knowledge and skill in appropriate agricultural product and service areas in all aspects in the history.

SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE

(2 semesters, .5 Credits) (Grades 9-12)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollemnt in Ag. Classes

This course is designed to establish knowledge and skills in various agricultural careers. Students will gain credit by establishing a project at their home, at a local business, or at their school, usually after normal school hours. Example projects may include, but are not limited to: working at a garden center, raising vegetables/grain/livestock, conducting agriscience experiments in a greenhouse, and training horses at a stable. Students will be required to verify their experiences by keeping written or computerized records including: business agreements, budgets, inventories, daily activities, hours worked, income and expenses, total earnings, depreciation, and net worth.Instructor supervision will be conducted to the student's home or place of employment. SAE records should be evaluted at least once per month. In addition, SAE lessons are integrated in each agricultural course. SAE participation can lead to full-time employment, scholarships, and awards through the FFA.