Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources classes are taught in coordinated groups and in individual instructional activities consisting of classroom and laboratory experiences, supervised agricultural experiences, and leadership activities. The program is designed to develop competencies needed by high school students desiring to, or preparing to, enter agricultural occupation. Agricultural employment includes all jobs that require agricultural competencies or essential knowledge and skills needed in producing, managing, processing, marketing, distributing, regulating or protecting any of the renewable natural resources – about 20% of the Gross National Product (GNP). Sixty percent of all activities are shop or laboratory activities. Some of these courses are taught at the O.L. Project Barn. Possible career pathways include: Agricultural Scientist, Cooperative Extension Service, Hazardous Material Technical Coordinator, Agricultural Engineer, Biological Scientist, Farmer/Farm Manager, Forestry Conservation Scientist, Range Manager, Veterinary Technician, Agricultural Technical Sales Representative, Quality Control Technician, and Veterinarian
PRINCIPLES OF AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES – prepares students for careers in agriculture, food, and natural resources. This course allows students to develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, personal development, globalization, industry standards, details, practices and expectations. To prepare for success, students have opportunities to learn, reinforce, experience, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.
AGRICULTURAL POWER SYSTEMS – prepares students for careers in agricultural power, structural, and technical systems and will attain academic skills and knowledge; acquire technical knowledge and skills related to power, structural, and technical agricultural systems and the workplace; and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, industry certifications, and industry expectations. To prepare for success, students will have opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply and transfer their knowledge and technical skills in a variety of settings. This course is designed to develop an understanding of power and control systems as related to energy sources, small and large power systems, and agricultural machinery. O.L. Project Barn only
AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS & METAL TECHNOLOGIES -is a basic course designed to develop proficiency in many welding skills. Students will be expected to use the cutting torch and MIG Welders. Welding is taught in several positions, which include flat, horizontal and vertical. The course develops an understanding of tool operation, electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, fencing, concrete and metal working techniques. O.L. Project Barn Only
AGRICULTURAL FACILITIES DESIGN & FABRICATION -prepares students to be introduced and gain understanding towards the development of agricultural power systems, metal fabrication techniques, agricultural structures, electrical controls, and land and water management systems. O.L. Project Barn.
LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION -prepares students to be introduced to the common veterinary skills and procedures used on livestock, anatomy of livestock, genetics and reproduction, and diseases that can affect all livestock animals. Animal species to be addressed in this course may include, but are not limited to, beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and poultry. This course is recommended for those that have an interest in the Veterinary Science field.
EQUINE SCIENCE -prepares students to develop knowledge and skills pertaining to the selection, nutrition, reproduction, health, and management of horses. Suggested animals which may be included in the course of study include, but are not limited to, horses, donkeys, and mules. This course is recommended for those that have an interest in the Veterinary Science field.
SMALL ANIMAL MANAGEMENT -prepares students to be introduced to the field of animal science while enhancing academic knowledge and skills related to animal systems. Students will have opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply and transfer knowledge and skills in a variety of settings. Suggested small animals which may be included in the course of study include, but are not limited to, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, avian, dogs and cats.
VETERINARY MEDICAL APPLICATIONS -prepares students to develop and expand their knowledge and techniques in skills pertaining to Veterinary Technical Assistant area. This course is designed as a laboratory-oriented course that allows students hands-on experience within the area of diagnostic testing, client records, employer/employee relationship, and techniques used in surgical practices. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, veterinary practices as they relate to both large and small animal species.
ADVANCED ANIMAL SCIENCE -examines the interrelatedness of human, scientific, and technological dimensions of livestock production. Instruction is designed to allow for the application of scientific and technological aspects of animal science through field and laboratory experiences. The nature of science, as defined by the National Academy of Sciences, combined with scientific inquiry, science and social ethics, science, systems, and models will be studied to provide students learning opportunities outside the realm of science as well as phenomena that are not scientifically testable. This course fulfills the 4th Science credit requirement.
PRACTICUM IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES I -is designed to give students supervised practical application of knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experiences such as employment, independent study, internships and mentor-ships. The practicum course is a paid or unpaid capstone experience for students participating in a coherent sequence of career and technical education courses in the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster.
PRACTICUM IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES II -is a laboratory-based course that is designed to be a continuation of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources program. Students continue to refine their knowledge and skills required for careers in the industries of agriculture, food and natural resources