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Ag Course Descriptions


Agriculture Exploratory: offered yearly

This course is a great introduction to Agriculture. It is ideal for 9th grade students or students who are taking an agriculture course for the first time. The course utilizes a combination of hands-on activities and formal instruction to explore the many sectors of agriculture. Contest course includes, but is not limited to Ag Careers, AgriScience, Food Science, Animal Science, Wildlife, Forestry, Natural Resources, Ag Technology, Plant and Soil Science, SAE and FFA.

Animal Science: offered yearly

The course is designed for students who want to learn about Livestock and Poultry Production as it is produced in the United States. . The course utilizes a combination of hands-on activities and formal instruction to explore the science behind animals and how it’s applied to production agriculture. Topics covered include Animal Digestion, Feed and Feed Rations, Genetics and Breeding, Animal Welfare and Handling, and Terminology.

Plant and Soil Science: offered bi-annually

This course is designed for students who want to learn about the science of plants and soils. . The course utilizes a combination of hands-on activities and formal instruction to explore to educate students in the areas of plant anatomy and structure, plant physiology, horticulture, floriculture, gardening, landscaping, hydroponics, GMOs, IPM, Soil Profiles and textures, soil capabilities, and soil conservation.

Small Animal and Veterinary Science: offered bi-annually

This course explores small animal such as cat and dogs as well as treatment of larger animals. . The course utilizes a combination of hands-on activities and formal instruction to explore to cover topics such as Safety and Sanitation, Anatomy and Physiology, Care and Management of Species, Issues in the Animal Industry, Animals Uses in Society, Parasitology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Biosecurity, Office Management, Hospital Procedures and Physical Exams. The class focuses on biological and social sciences in the field of veterinary animal medicine. The course will prepare students for careers as veterinary assistants, or to further education in veterinary/animal science, biology, or other science related fields.

Wildlife, Environmental, Natural Resource: offered bi-annually

This course explores wildlife and forest management as well as the ways in natural resources are used in the world. The course included formal instruction with projects and laboratory exercises to learn about agricultural sustainability, biodiversity and extinctions, habitats, invasive species, pollution, water testing, climate change, forestry and carbon sequestration, renewable/alternative energies, agriculture’s impact on the environment, and tree/wildlife identification.

Agribusiness: offered bi-annually, 1 semester course (1/2 year)

This course will have two focuses, the first focus will be Farm Business Management will students we learn about budgets, revenues, expenses, business analysis, cost of loans, principal and interest, and financial tools. The second focus of the course will be economics, marketing, taxes, accounting, and personal finance.

Agriculture Leadership: offered 1 semester course (1/2 year)

In this course students will have the opportunity to increase their leadership skills through public speaking, employment skills, leadership trends and ethics, agricultural communications, and agricultural issues. The course will also utilize the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to discuss the characteristics Stephen Covey has outlined. Covey presents an approach to being effective in attaining goals and this will be used to define characteristics of good leader in society and how to be able to set and attain personal goals.

Agriculture Mechanics: offered yearly

This course is designed for students who have an interested in power, structural, and technical systems. The course will focus on the theory and operation of small gas engines, agricultural welding, safe tractor driving and machinery operations, and vehicle maintenance. It will also cover units in basic electrical welding and plumbing. Students will learn how to disassemble and assemble a small gas engine, learn the difference between 4 cycle and 2 cycle engines, learn to how to diagnosis and fix engine issues by working on used equipment, the difference between ARC welding and MIG Welding, learn how to operate an oxy acetylene cutting torch and plasma cutter, and perform on the farm welding to fix/repair equipment. Students will also learn vehicle maintenance such as checking tire pressures, fluid levels, and changing the oil in vehicles. Finally, students will have the opportunity to participate in the National Safe Tractor Driving and Machinery Operations course.

Agricultural Coop: Offered yearly, but only to Seniors- Teacher Signature Required

Students taking this course must be a senior who has been involved in Agricultural Education during at least 2 of the past 3 years. Students taking this course will need to secure a job in the Agricultural Industry prior to the start of the school year.  Students will be permitted to leave school for half the day in order to participate in the Ag Coop experience. They must be able to work enough hours to compensate for the time out of school for the experience. These students must have all Coop paperwork completed before being permitted to leave school.  After that time, they should check in with the instructor on a weekly basis submitting weekly timesheets and monthly evaluations from their employer.

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE):  Offered annually and may be taken 4 times

This course can be taken completely independently or can be scheduled into the student’s schedule if schedules permit.   Students should choose an agriculturally related project or projects to conduct as their SAE. While they will carry the project out on their own, they will be supervised by the Ag Education Teacher and their records will be graded at least once per marking period.  Students will learn skills specific to their project and career goals, but all students will gain experience in record keeping, responsibility and accountability while exploring their career interests. This course is highly suggested to students who plan to receive awards in the FFA since an SAE is a requirement for many of those awards.  Students should see that Agricultural Teacher to discuss plans for starting their SAE.

Middle School Course Description

Agriculture Science 8 - Quarter Course

This course is for all eighth grade students where they will learn about food and agricultural literacy. Students will learn about agriculture, food, and our natural resources through interactive lessons that teach students about animal science, plant science, food science, agricultural technologies, natural resources, and careers within the food and agricultural industries. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in the FFA and earn their Discovery FFA Degree.