Agriculture Department

Teachers

Mr. William Billman
Mr. Kevin Larsen

Classes

Introduction to Ag.     
Ag. Construction Tech. 
Ag. Mechanics Tech.
BSSA Plant/Animal Science        
Horticultural Production/Mgt. 
Ag. Machinery Service        
Ag. Sales and Marketing

Links

SJO AG
FFA   

 

 

                                       

 

         Mr. Larsen
     Mr. Billman                   Mr. Larsen

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Agriculture (1 Credit):

This orientation course provides an opportunity for students to learn how the agricultural industry is organized, its major components, the economic influence of agriculture at state, national and international  levels, and types of job opportunities in the agricultural field.  Basic concepts in animal science, plant science, soil science, horticulture, natural resources, agribusiness management, and agricultural mechanics, will be  presented.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. 

 This course is required for participation in all other Agriculture/Industry courses.  This course is open to   grades 9-11.

Agricultural Construction and Technology (1 Credit):

This advanced course focuses on the knowledge, hands-on skills, and work place skills applicable to construction in the agricultural industry.  Major units of instruction include: personal safety, hand tools, power tools, blue print reading, surveying, construction skill sin carpentry, plumbing, electricity, concrete, block laying, drywall and painting.  Careers such as agricultural engineers, carpenter, plumber, electrician, concrete and block layers, finishers, safety specialists, and other related occupations will be examined.  Improving workplace and computer skills will be a focus.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agricultural Industry.  This course is open to grades 10-12

Agriculture Mechanics & Technology (1 Credit):

This course will concentrate on expanding student's knowledge and experiences with agricultural mechanics technologies utilized in the agricultural industry.  Units of instruction included are: nanotechnology, fabrication, engine maintenance, arc & glass welding, electronics, internal combustion engines, solar power, bio-fuels, and employability skills.  Careers in agricultural construction engineer, electrician, plumber, welder, equipment designer, parts manager, safety inspector, welder, and other related occupations will be examined.  Improving workplace and computer skills will be a focus.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agricultural Industry, Ag Mechanics and Technology or Ag Structures and Technology.  This course is open to grades 10-12.

BSAA Plant and Animal Science (1 Credit):

Plant Science:  This course is designed to reinforce and extend students understanding of science by associating basic scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture and the specific biological science concepts that govern management decisions.  topics of study are in the areas of initiating plant growth - germination, plant sensory mechanisms, enzyme action, absorption, and managing plant growth - photosynthesis, respiration, translocation, metabolism, and growth regulation.  Animal Science:  Students will examine major phases of animal agriculture and specific biological science concepts that govern management decisions in the animal industry.  Topics of study are in the areas of growth and development of animals - embryology, ethology, nutrition, immunity systems, and processing animal products - preservation, fermentation, and pasteurization.  Physical Science:  Topics of study are in the areas of scientific investigations, environmental/natural resource systems, agricultural production systems, agricultural structural systems, energy and power systems, agricultural mechanics and machine systems, and food processing systems.  The course will  be valuable preparation for further education and will increase the relevance of science through the applied setting of agriculture by enhancing literacy in science and the scientific process.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  This course can be used as a science credit and fulfills science university entrance requirement.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agriculture Industry, Biology I.  This course is open to grades 10-12.

Horticultural Production and Management (1 Credit):

This advanced course offers instruction in both the greenhouse production and landscape areas of horticulture.  Units of study include plant identification, greenhouse management, growing greenhouse crops, landscape design, installation, and maintenance, horticulture mechanics, nursery management, and turf production.  Agribusiness units will cover operating a horticultural business, pricing work, advertising, and sales.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agricultural Industry.  This course is open to grades 10-12.

Agricultural Machinery Service (1 Credit)

This comprehensive machinery service course concentrates on the following areas:  using service manuals, electrical applications for agricultural equipment, fundamentals of multi-cylinder engines, reconditioning and repairing agricultural equipment, advanced welding, fabrication, assembling and adjusting agricultural equipment, hydraulic system, organization and management of agricultural machinery dealerships, human relations, and sales techniques.  Careers such as agricultural equipment salesperson, mechanic, parts manager, sales manager, sales manager, service technician, and other related occupations will be examined.  Improving workplace and computer skills will be a focus. 

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agricultural Industry, Ag Mechanics and Technology or A Construction and Technology.  This course is open to grades 11-12.

Agriculture Sales and Marketing (1 Credit):

This course is designed to develop student knowledge and skills in Agricultural Sales, Agribusiness Marketing, and Commodity Marketing.  Instructional units include:  agricultural economic principles, marketing and advertising, product development, sales techniques and strategies, communicating with employees and customers, managing risk, international agribusiness, and studying various agricultural companies and career opportunities.  Computer software applications and the Internet will be integrated through data management, inventories, and accounting.  Student skills will be enhanced in math, reading comprehension, communications, and writing through agribusiness applications.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.

Prerequisite:  Introduction to Agricultural Industry.  This course open to grades 11-12.