Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources courses:

Introduction to Food, Animal Science and Natural Resources - 0.5 or 1.0 credit   (grades 9-12)
This course is designed primarily for new students in grades 9 and 10 but open to all of the student body. The purpose of the course is to serve as an introduction to the world of agriculture and many of its 300 career opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in these areas:

  • Food science—creating food products involving meats, dairy products, and  plants

  • Companion animals—explore the care and health of animals such as dogs, cats, and horses

  • Beginning woodworking—create a wood project approved by instructor

  • Youth activities—explore many student activities and contests offered by the National FFA Organization.

Agriculture is not just farming; it is about providing healthy food in a healthy environment. This course will open many doors for all students interested in gaining the knowledge and technical skills needed for future careers.

Leadership & Personal Development - 0.5 credit     (grades 9-12)
This course offers the opportunity for students who enjoy being part of student leadership organizations or would like to serve as a leader in government, business, and community organizations. Students will gain skills in writing and speaking as well as business skills. The course projects could include, but is not limited to:

  • communications (advertising and journalism)

  • parliamentary procedure (conducting and running meetings)

  • sales and marketing (performing business salesmanship skills)

  • exploring community issues (debate and presenting critical issues)

  • job interview and career preparation

Students would be able to work individually and in group presentations and work with the community in helping solve problems.

CASE™ Animal Science - Principles of Agricultural Science - 1.0 credit   (grades 10-12)
The course enables students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in animal science. Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, or industry personnel face in their respective careers.  Topics to be explored include:

  • History and use of animals

  • Animal handling and safety

  • Animal nutrition

  • Animal reproduction and genetics

  • Animal health

  • Animal products


Agriculture Farm Production - 0.5 credit   (grades 10-12) 
This course is for those interested in careers in agriculture production in farming/ranching or in supporting careers such as a feed sales specialist or crop sales agronomist. Units would include cattle and sheep production, crop production, and the application of fertilizers and pesticides.  Students will have the opportunity to obtain their private pesticide applicator license.  Time will also be spent in the shop making livestock equipment.

Wildlife & Fisheries - 0.5 credit   (grades 10-12)
This course is designed for students who enjoy the outdoors or exploring the environment. Students will develop the knowledge and technical skills needed for careers such as conservation officers, wildlife biologists, parks managers, and environmental scientists. The course will explore the following areas:

  • land conservation and range science

  • outdoor recreation, safety, and parks management

  • wildlife and fisheries production and identification

  • wildlife habitat management

  • environmental problems affecting wildlife habitats.

Students completing the course will have the knowledge and skills needed to be better prepared for careers in wildlife and fisheries conservation and environmental science.

Ag Power & Technology - 0.5 credit   (grades 10-12)
This course is designed to give students experience and knowledge in small gas engine operation and repair and explore the world of diesel mechanics. This course will also explore the technical use and care of a lawn mower, garden tiller, edge trimmer and other domestic engines. The student is expected to supply a small gas engine for study. The course is open to all students interested in basic systems of a 4-cycle engines and diesel engines. Occupational skills in the areas of mechanics and groundskeeper will be taught.

Horticulture & Landscape Design - 0.5 credit   (grades 10-12)
This course will have a hands-on experience in growing flowers and vegetables and designing an outdoor landscape. There will be fun, organized labs in growing of plants and computer projects in designing landscapes. We will also offer laboratory opportunities in installing landscape materials in the community. The course will help prepare students for career opportunities such as a florist, greens-keeper, salesperson, plant specialist, and landscape designer.

Agribusiness Entrepreneurship - 0.5 credit   (grades 11-12)
The course covers the methods of record management and use of computers in the management of the business. There will be field trips to agribusinesses, lending and marketing agencies. This course includes human relations activities in such as business applications as interviews, salesmanship, advertising, and entrepreneurship.  Students will be able to analyze business records and solve problems involving many money management activities. Students will learn to use a computer spreadsheet and interpret computer business data.

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