NOTE REGARDING COLLEGE CREDIT COURSES: High school students taking college coursework under a concurrent enrollment agreement will be required to meet two criteria to stay in good academic standing with the college(s). 1) Must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and 2) must satisfactorily complete 67% of credits attempted. Failure to meet either of these two criteria may impact student enrollment and/or financial aid status when enrolling at a college after high school.

 

Survey of the Animal Industry

Intro to Ag Business

Ag Mechanics I

Ag Mechanics II

Agronomy

Sustainable Agriculture

Ag Sales & Marketing

Introduction to Agriculture Education

Intro to Renewable Resources

Horticulture I

Horticulture II

Ag Seminar

Electricity
Ag Leadership I
Ag Leadership II
Plant Science
Advanced Mechanics
Diversity in Agriculture

Index

SUBJECT: DIVERSITY IN AGRICULTURE

CREDIT: One Credit

COURSE LENGTH: One Semester

GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12

PREREQUISITE: INTRO TO AG EDUCATION

Content Description:

Upper level students will learn about agricultural occupations and career opportunities. Students with an interest in agriculture will understand how various women, minorities, etc. are making an impact. Guest speakers and "Farmher" TV series are used to give practical application scenarios and are incorporated into the classroom.

Objectives:

1.) Become familiar on how a diverse population, which includes women and minorities are involved in the different areas of agriculture such as crop science, livestock science, gardening, and horticulture. 2.) Explore other areas like crop, farm, and livestock insurance, seed technology and science, journalism and communications, education, and agribusiness.

SUBJECT: SURVEY OF THE ANIMAL INDUSTRY 
CREDIT: One Credits + (3 semester hr ICCC: Course Number AGS-113)
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE: INTRO TO AG EDUCATION

Content Description:

Upper level female and male students interested in the many career opportunities in the animal sciences will concentrate on management, decision-making process and problem solving as it relates to production of domesticated animals. Any student with an interest in animal science is encouraged to take this course. Field trips and guest speakers are used to give practical application scenerios.

Objectives:

1.) Understand and demonstrate the importance of the livestock industry. 2.) Explain the various technologies used in the animal science industry. 3.) Determine various environmental concerns dealing with the livestock industry. 4.) Apply advanced production principles in the areas of swine, beef cattle, dairy, sheep, and exotic and small animal. 5.) Determine how the various production practices that impact a safe food supply. 6.) Complete various hands-on activities that enhance knowledge of advanced animal sciences concepts.

 

SUBJECT: AG SALES AND MARKETING  
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE: TWO SEMESTERS OF AGRICULTURE RELATED COURSES

Content Description:

Students completing Agricultural Sales & Marketing will learn the need for developing carrer skills and how to work with people. They will learn how to plan, prepare and manage time in a sales presentation. They will learn many different marketing theories and chart corn, soybeans, hog, and cattle prices. Students will learn about leadership skills.

Objectives:

1) Identify individual attitude towards selling. 2.) List four steps in the buying decision process. 3.) Identify what a customer really is. 4.) Explain social/sales styles and the four different types. 5.) Learn about the history of marketing.

 

SUBJECT: AG SEMINAR 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One or Two Semesters
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: TWO SEMESTRS OF AGRICULTURE RELATED COURSES

Content Description:

Upper level female and male students interested in expanding their agricultural mechanics skills will be taking this course. They will concentrate solely in working on "hands-on" and/or research projects. Project areas can include animal science research, agricultural mechanics, agricultural woods, horticulture or other approved areas. Students use Google docs to document their course of learning.

Objectives:

1.) Become familiar with different areas of animal science, agronomy, ag. business or design a learning unit incorporating woodworking, metals, and small and large engines. 2.) Use equipment, tools and computers in the Vocational Technology Building. 3.) Use researching skills. 4.) Field trips and guest speakers are incorporated into the classroom.

SUBJECT: INTRO TO AG BUSINESS 
CREDIT: One Credit + (3 sem hr ICCC: Course Number AGB-133)
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: TWO SEMESTERS OF AGRICULTURE
RELATED COURSES

Content Description:

Students completing Agribusiness Management will be able to recognize management problems, assemble the necessary facts or records to analyze problem areas, apply sound management principles in solving problems, and also be aware of the vast number of occupational opportunities in the agribusiness field.

Objectives:

1.) To investigate different types of financial instruments used by agricultural lenders from figuring interest to completion of financial statements and budgets. 2.) To use different types of bookkeeping systems and software to keep records. 3.) To be able to prepare their taxes. 4.) To define four different types of business structures from sole proprietorship to corporations. 5.) To solve a wide array of marketing problems using a variety of marketing situations. 6.) To calculate depreciation.

 

SUBJECT: AG MECHANICS 1 (Welding & Small Gas Engines)
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: NONE

Content Description:

This is a basic course in metal working and small gas engines. There will be classroom lectures, demonstrations, worksheets, discussions, and hands-on shop work. Students learn to use metal hand working tools, the arc welder, wire welders, and acetylene torch, and small gas engines. Students will be required to bring a small gas engine to class, take it apart, fix it, put it back together, and get it running.

Objectives:

1.) To become familiar with metal working. 2.) To be able to operate different types of welders. 3.) To work with metal working equipment safely. 4.) To be able to build a project out of metal. 5.) To learn about safety in the Ag. Mechanics Shop. 6.) Identify major parts and systems of small engines. 7.) Describe the general operation of two and four cycle engines. 8.) Identify tools for engine repair.

 

SUBJECT: AG MECHANICS 2 (Woods and Individual Project)
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: NONE

Content Description:

This is a basic course in woodworking. Students will learn about hand tools to be used in the Ag Mechanics Laboratory preceded by a unit on safety. Students will construct wooden saw horses using measuring and cutting. Students will work on individual projects during the fourth quarter.

Objectives:

1.) Practice safety in the Ag. Mechanics Shop. 2.) To learn about woodworking hand and power tools. 3.) Draw a blueprint in order to make a project. 4.) Identify and select screws, nails, and bolts. 5.) Name and correctly spell 12 species of lumber used to cut and shape wood.

 

SUBJECT: AGRONOMY
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 10,11,12
PREREQUISITE: INTRO TO AG EDUCATION

Content Description:

This course introduces the concepts behind soil science and relates these concepts to current soil management practices, such as the most recent regulatory changes and technological developments: wetland management, the use of geographic information systems for soil mapping and more. This course also provides instruction in the world of plant science. Students will learn basic requirements for plant growth, to genetic engineering and biotechnology. Students will also learn about the origins of cultivated plants, structure and anatomy, photosynthesis, respiration, propagation, and production of major agronomic crops. Students will learn speaking skills by participating in FFA career development events.

Objectives:

1.) Describe the four ways plants use soil. 2.) Summarize the role of soil in recycling resources needed for plant growth. 3.) List examples of five soil formation factors and describe how soils develop. 4.) Describe soil texture, structure, compaction, and permeability. 5.) Classify types of soil, water and the forces which act on them. 6.) Define importance of taxonomy. 7.) Describe how agriculture uses formal and informal classification systems for plants. 8.) Define crops used for food, beverages, fiber, industry, and oil. 9.) List types of monocots and dicots, gymnosperm and anglo sperms. 10.) Explain how geography influences types of plants. 11.) Explain why research is necessary for success of cultivated plants

 

SUBJECT: PLANT SCIENCE
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: Agronomy

Content Description:

Identify plants in gardens, field crops, forage crops, flower beds and house plants. Enjoy the planning and plant your own garden produce. Utilize budgets. Identify business inputs. Help plan for the FFA plots. Identify resistant characteristics now incorporated in plants. Apply the application of fertility maintenance. Determine how you can earn money and enjoyment by studying careers that accommodate this industry that is especially so dominate in the state of Iowa. Realize that we live in one of the four richest garden spots on planet earth. Implement skills in competition in the classroom and in the FFA.

 

SUBJECT: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE 
CREDIT: One Credit (3 sem hr ICCC: Course Number AGC-129)
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 11,12
PREREQUISITES: NONE

Content Description:

This course examines the social, economic, and scientific concepts relating to adding value to raw and processed agricultural products. The specific topics will include the agricultural impact on economics, cultures, social structures, technologies, and processing, products, nutrition and environmental issues resulting from adding value to agricultural products. Laboratory activities will provide opportunities for examining various technologies, evaluating products, examining nutritional advantages, assessing economic benefits to communities, and determining the environmental impact of various developments.

 

SUBJECT: HORTICULTURE I 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: INTRO TO AG EDUCATION

Content Description:

In Horticulture I students will learn about career opportunities, greenhouse management, plant identification and propagation, soils and growing media, plant protection, floriculture, and marketing. Students will learn speaking skills by participating in FFA career development events.

Objectives:

1.) Develop skills in greenhouse management and environmental controls. 2.) Identify annual and perennial landscape and greenhouse plants. 3.) Propagate plants by sexual and asexual methods. 4.) Select and manage soil media and growing media. 5.) Identify factors affecting plant health and protection. 6.) Work with seasonal floriculture and garden crops.

 

SUBJECT: HORTICULTURE II 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 10, 11, 12
PREREQUISITE: INTRO TO AG EDUCATION

Content Description:

In Horticulture II students will learn about career opportunities, trees/shrubs, landscape design, lawns/turf, floriculture, fruit production and vegetable production. Students will learn speaking skills by participating in FFA career development events.

Objectives:

1.) Define and identify hardiness zones. 2.) Identify and use taxonomy system for herbaceous and woody ornamental plants using their common names. 3.) Explain and perform different propagation methods for trees and shrubs. 4.) Maintain lawns and turfs. 5.) Interpret landscape plans. 6.) Develop landscape design. 7.) Operate and maintain small tools and equipment used in landscape designs. 8.) Be able to choose outdoor plants as to basic design and plan to scale to fit design.

 

SUBJECT: INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURE EDUCATION
CREDIT: Two Credits
COURSE LENGTH: Full Year
GRADE LEVEL: 9, 10
PREREQUISITE: NONE

Content Description:

Students wishing to gain a general background in the skills and career opportunities in the various area of agriculture. Students taking advanced agriculture courses should take this course first. Emphasis includes learning experiences in plant science, soil fertility and conservation, animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness. Students learn through hands-on experiences, field trips, and interviews, as well as through various classroom and laboratory exercises. Students also learn leadership skills through FFA and supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program. Students will learn speaking skills by participating in FFA contests. They will learn wood working skills by making a saw horse.

Objectives:

1.) Develop knowledge and understanding of the food chain and agriculture systems around the world. 2.) Identify career opportunities using the skills and knowledge learned in this course. 3.) Apply problem solving and decision making processes in agriculture. 4.) Develop technical agricultural and entrepreneurial skills with a emphasis on leadership and personal skill development. 5.) Use technologies such as biotechnology and computers in an agricultural setting. 6.) Practice skills and apply knowledge through supervised agricultural programs in agriculture. 7.) Develop cooperation and citizenship skills.

 

SUBJECT: INTRO TO RENEWABLE RESOURCES 
CREDIT: One Credit + (3 sem hr ICCC: Course Number AGA-390)
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE: INTRO TO AG EDUCATION

Content Description:

Provides the students with a broad and diverse study of wildlife habitats, characteristics, natural resources, water quality, forest management, and preservation. This upper-level semester course emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills through hands-on activities, in hunter safety, wildlife and fisheries, management, tree identification, and the use and managing of public land for wildlife and forestry. Students will learn speaking skills by participating in FFA contests.

Objectives:

1.) Develop knowledge and understanding of the food chain and how natural resources are a vital agricultural system. 2.) Become prepared for employment and/or post-secondary education in agriculture. 3.) Apply problem solving and decision making processes relating to natural resource management. 4.) Use biotechnology and other technologies in a study of natural resources. 5.) Identify career opportunities in wildlife management. 6.) Develop technical agricultural and entrepreneurial skills with an emphasis on leadership and public relations development.

 

 SUBJECT: ELECTRICITY 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE: NONE

Content Description:

Electricity is a one semester course for juniors and seniors consisting of a vocational occupation in the electrical field, or for general use. The course content includes a study of the laws regulating electrical current, production and transmission of current, and extensive laboratory activities with electronic kits will be used. All students will be required to complete a project.

 

 SUBJECT: AG LEADERSHIP I 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 12
PREREQUISITE: NONE

Content Description:

Implement the used of the commodities as a marketing tool. Practice job interviewing skills. Experience a mock interview. Learn questions to ask in an interview. Finalize your very own income and balance sheet financial statements. Budget for your future household.Apply for scholarships in your field of pursuit. Incorporate leadership skills that are proven to get you results in your job career. Apply leadership skills in a community minded project. FFA efforts encouraged- however, solid preparation for all graduating seniors.

 

 SUBJECT: AG LEADERSHIP II 
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL: 12
PREREQUISITE: NONE

Content Description:

Practice job interviewing skills. Experience a mock interview. Learn questions to ask in an interview. Finalize your very own income and balance sheet financial statements. Apply for scholarships in your field of pursuit. Incorporate leadership skills that are proven to get you results in your job career. Study personal budgets- what is this going to cost me. Understand credit card concerns. Visit banks and insurance businesses. Find out what they require and what you need. Select your college catalog- investigate courses you can take! Apply leadership skills in a community minded project. This is an all-around course for preparing you for the next level of life and education. FFA efforts encouraged- however, solid preparation for all graduating seniors.

 

  SUBJECT: ADVANCED MECHANICS
CREDIT: One Credit
COURSE LENGTH: One Semester
GRADE LEVEL:11, 12
PREREQUISITE: INTRO TO AG EDUCATION

Content Description:

This coursework is designed to engage the students in more advanced and/or more exposure to the mechanical efforts of machinery. A basic review of engine operation in small gas engines followed up by additional engine to gain more exposure in troubleshooting and maintaining engine operation. The student will then have a choice to work on more advanced engines or mechanics, construction of or rebuilding, refurbishing or restoring a project.

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Updated 2/1/2017