Agriculture

Teacher Contact Information

Mr. Jon Lechtenberg

School: (308) 868-2222

Fax: (308) 868-2223

Email: jon.lechtenberg@sveagles.org

Introduction to Agriculture 500010

Grade Level(s): 9,10,11,12

Prerequisites:

Terms Offered: Year long

Description: Introduction to AFNR (Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources)

The major purpose of the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) course is to introduce students to the world of agriculture, the pathways they may pursue, and the science, mathematics, reading, and writing components they will use throughout the CASE curriculum. Woven throughout the course are activities to develop and improve employability skills of students through practical applications. Students will explore career and post-secondary opportunities in each area of the course.

Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course will experience exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise.

The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course is intended to serve as the introductory course within the CASE Program of Study. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the fields of agricultural science and natural resources so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop will be used in future courses within the CASE program.

In addition, students will understand specific connections between their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course includes:

· Agricultural Education – Agriculture, FFA, and SAE

· Communication Methods

· Science Processes

· Natural Resources

· Plants and Animals

· Agricultural Mechanics

Animal Science 500020

Grade Level(s): 11

Prerequisites: 500010

Terms Offered: Year Long

The major focus of the Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) course is to expose students to the world of agriculture, animal science, and career options. Students participating in the ASA course will have experiences in various animal science concepts with exciting “hands-on” activities, projects, and problems. Students’ experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. For example, students will acquire skills in meeting the nutritional needs of animals while developing balanced, economical rations. Throughout the course, students will consider the perceptions and preferences of individuals within local, regional, and world markets.

The Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal course is intended to serve as one of four foundational courses within the CASE sequence. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide a foundation in animal science so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. 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. The knowledge and skills students develop will be used in future courses within the CASE program.

In addition, students will understand specific connections between the Animal Science lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience, FFA, and LifeKnowledge® components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

The ASA course of study includes:

· Background and Social Issues of Animal Science

· Anatomy and Physiology

· Nutrition

· Reproduction

· Genetics

· Animal Health

· Animal Selection