Agricultural Education

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION I (Introduction to Agriculture) (01011)
Grades 9-12; 1 credit; 36 weeks

Agriculture Education is a comprehensive career/technical program designed to give students competencies in the areas of plant science, animal science including pets, soil science, personal finance, public relations, introductory mechanics, woodworking, natural resource conservation, human relations and leadership development.

Lecture demonstration, lab type courses that actively involve students in the learning process of a variety of areas of agriculture.  The course is designed to give students a basic introduction to the entire agricultural/agribusiness area.  Knowledge and skills developed in this course are useful for all students later in life; whatever future plans and career they choose.  The development of foundation leadership skills is an important part of this course.

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION II (Foundations of Agriculture) (01012)
Grades 9-12; 1 credit; 36 weeks

This course is designed to provide students with the foundation of principles and skills used in agriculture/agribusiness.  It includes the use of a wide variety of tools and equipment in the lab.  The course also incorporates science in applied settings using soils, plants and animals.  This course offers a challenge to all students with its mechanical, science, metalworking, business and mathematical content.

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION III
Grades 11-12; 1 credit; 36 weeks
Prerequisites: Ag Ed I or II, or upon approval of Director and Instructor

Agriculture III builds on the principles and skills developed in Ag Ed I and Ag Ed II. In leadership development, human relation skills are improved with speeches, demonstrations and group planning & teamwork exercise. The mechanical skills are also further enhanced in welding and small engines. Mathematical skills are enhanced with practical application in soil and water engineering and business management.  Bobcat Skid steer loader operator and safety training, food processing in the mobile meats lab, small engines, and CNC machining, laser engraving and 3-D Printing are included at the program level.

AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION IV
Grades 11-12; 1 credit; 36 weeks
Prerequisites: Ag Ed I, Ag Ed II or upon approval of Director and Instructor

This course has three major areas of instruction designed to broaden the skills and knowledge of the student to more areas of occupation Agriculture. Electricity is designed to give the skills in wiring, applicable to a homeowner or in preparation for furthering a career in electricity. The sales and service unit is designed to promote a high level of job skill.  By resume writing, filling out job applications, finding job information, interviewing and job retention skills, the sales and service unit is very valuable to a student. The general construction/fabrication unit gives an opportunity for students to incorporate woodworking and welding skills in the design and production of various projects. Global positioning equipment, civil engineering, advanced fabrication, and advanced use of various high tech learning modules are embedded in the senior level course. Large capstone projects as group experience are a highlight of this course.

The objectives of Agriculture Education reflect the occupational needs of workers in agriculture/agribusiness. The students will develop the competencies of each unit of taxonomy in agriculture. Students will gain awareness and understanding of career opportunities in agriculture and the preparation needed to enter and progress in agriculture occupations. Students will understand those abilities in human relations, which are essential in today’s occupations. Students will develop the competencies needed to fulfill occupational, social, and civic responsibilities.

AGRICULTURAL FOOD SCIENCE
Grades 10-12; 1 credit; 36 weeks

This course is designed to introduce students to the processing of agricultural products.  The course will include the processing of food, fiber, and material product processing for the global economy will be emphasized.  Personal communication skills, human relation skills, leadership development skills and supervised agricultural experiences will be emphasized.

AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS (01043)
Grades 11-12; 1 credit; 36 weeks

This applied course is designed to enhance student’s perception of agriculture, its applications, and leadership development as the core foundation of the Agriculture Education program. Individual units will familiarize the student with: basic mechanical theory and skills.   Areas of emphasis include leadership skills, plant science, animal science, mechanical skills, and agricultural economics.

AGRISCIENCE I & II (01023 and 01025)
Grades 11-12; 1 credit; 36 weeks

This applied course is designed to enhance student’s perception of agriculture, its applications, and leadership development as the core foundation of the Agriculture Education program. Individual units will familiarize the student with: Plant Science, food science, animal science, agricultural research, and scientific experimentation.  Students will develop experiments, conduct research, and formalize lab reports.  A full understanding of biology is very important.  This course is available as a CTE credit or a Science credit.

EXPLORING AGRICULTURE
Grades 7-8; 1/4 credit; 18 weeks

An introductory exploration of agriculture. Learning experiences involving agricultural activities such as experimenting, designing, constructing, evaluating and using tools, machines, materials and other processes that provide opportunities for creativity, problem solving, and leadership development.

BOTANY/HORTICULTURE/LANDSCAPE DESIGN
Grades 9-12; 1 cr.; 36 weeks

This is a  participation-oriented course focusing on the fundamental principles of horticulture. Students will be exposed to a variety of careers and to propagating plants in a greenhouse setting. Students will study Botany/plant science, growing plants, the business of raising and selling plants, and small business management. Special emphasis will be placed on activities within the greenhouse setting. Students will have many opportunities to work in the operation and management of projects in a modern greenhouse. Hands-on experiences will include computer assisted landscape design, home and business landscaping, commercial greenhouse operation, plant nutrition, landscape beautification, and community involvement through public flowerbed design and plants. Students raise a variety of bedding plants, flowers, ornamental, and garden plants as a part of the lab activities and work on community floral projects. This class will meet ND Lab Science requirement for student’s 3rd science credit.

INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY SCIENCE (ONLINE ONLY)
Grades 10-12; 1/2 cr.; 18 wks.

As you proceed through this course, you will be introduced to the basic concepts of veterinary medicine, primarily focusing on the different body systems of the major species of pets and domesticated agricultural animals. Each lesson will examine concepts in veterinary medicine that will provide you with a very broad understanding of what the field of veterinary science is today. It is not the purpose of this course to turn you into a veterinarian, but rather to help you develop an appreciation for the vast nature of the science and to help you understand what is involved in this field.