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Agriculture Education I


Agricultural Education I

Standards and Benchmarks



Standard I:    Understand problem-solving, analysis, and decision-making in agriculture.


Analyze situation, use problem-solving approach and make appropriate decisions.


1.   Evaluate livestock for profitable production traits.

2.   Describe the types of record-keeping systems used in agriculture.

3.   Analyze marketing and pricing alternatives for agricultural commodities.



Standard II: Understand leadership and ethics development in agriculture.


Apply principles of leadership and ethical behavior to selected situations in agriculture.


1.   Delegate duties.

2.   Manage conflict (personal and customer).

3.   Facilitate group interaction (teamwork).

4.   Take responsibility for mistakes and/or good work.

5.   Become personally involved in professional or organizations.

6.   Recognize relevant, ethical issues in business



Standard III: Understand the concept of cooperation and community service/teamwork.


Demonstrate cooperation and teamwork skills.


1.   Explain the relationship between public and private sectors.

2.   Maintain clean and orderly work area.

3.   Cooperate with others.

4.   Respect the property of others.

5.   Exhibit dependability responsibility on the job.

6.   Demonstrate punctuality.

7.   Ask for help when needed.

8.   Comply with safety and health rules.

9.   Accept supervision willingly.

10. Follow directions.

11. Work effectively with others.

12. Develop positive community relations.









Standard IV: Understand the use of entrepreneurial knowledge and skills in agriculture.


Apply the principles of entrepreneurship in an agricultural experiential learning experience.


1.   Identify skills required of a business owner.

2.   Identify the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs.

3.   Recognize the importance of technical assistance.

4.   Explain the concept of competition.

5.   Explain the concept of profit.


Standard V: Understand the use of communication skills in agriculture – interpersonal

                         and group; written and oral.


Use appropriate communication skills in a variety of occupational situations in agriculture.


1.   Identify factors that are important to human relations in agribusiness.

2.   Demonstrate proper telephone answering skills.

3.   Demonstrate proper telephone etiquette.

4.   Interact with others in a courteous and tactful manner.

5.   Organize thoughts and clearly express point of view.

6.   Organize thoughts and write clearly.

7.   Lead a discussion.

8.   Listen effectively.

9.   Speak effectively in front of others.




Standard VI: Understand the principles of goal setting - personal and organizational.


Explain the goal setting process.


1.   Define goals.

2.   Compose a resume.

3.   Manage time effectively.

4.   Follow rules and regulations.

5.   Demonstrate initiative.

6.   Construct an application.

7.   Utilize time effectively.


Standard VII: Understand the principles of planning.


Apply planning strategies in agriculture sales and service businesses and organizations.


1.   Complete required forms.

2.   Produce quality work.

3.   Work within guidelines.

4.   Prioritize a series of tasks.

5.   Organize an event.






Standard VIII: Understand the concept of adapting to change in agriculture.


Develop strategies to effectively adapt to new situations and rapid changes in agriculture.


1.   Accept new challenges.

2.   Adapt to change/demonstrate flexibility.

3.   Adapt to environment/situation.



Standard IX: Understand global and cultural diversity issues.


Demonstrate a working knowledge of the relationship between global/cultural diversity and occupational success in agriculture.


1.   Accept individual differences.




Standard X: Understand basic computational and informational technology.


Apply computational and informational technologies to analyze and solve mathematical problems.



1.   Use the metric system to calculate specific weights and measurement.

2.   Operate office equipment.

3.   Utilize a data-base, word-processing, and spreadsheet program.

4.   Show awareness of various forms of electronic communication: e-mail, ftp, Worldwide Web.

5.   Describe basic hardware components.

6.   Use the following hardware components: keyboard, mouse, disk drive, monitor.

7.   Recognize what the operating system of a computer is.

8.   Use an operating system to: open or chose programs, list files or program and file management.






Standard XI: Understand the concept of career development and improvement –

lifelong learning.


Develop strategies to make a successful transition from school to work.


1.   Identify agricultural career opportunities in management, sales and service.

2.   Demonstrate personal hygiene and cleanliness.

3.   Evaluate a job offer, benefits, time, and working environment.













Standard XII: Understand basic technical skills and knowledge in the occupational area of agricultural business, supply and service.


Apply technical skills in a hands-on experiential setting in agriculture.


1.   Determine available credit resources.

2.   Develop a process for accurately determining business inventory.

3.   Utilize accounting procedures to record cash receipts and expenditures.

4.   Complete a net worth statement.

5.   Prepare an enterprise budget.

6.   Utilize equipment correctly as shown/demonstrated by supervisor.

7.   Perform routine maintenance on agricultural equipment using service manual schedules.

8.   Identify opportunities for the development of diversified crop and/or livestock enterprises.

9.   Identify the types of wholesale and retail cuts of meat.

10. Explain methods for the proper handling and disposal of animal waste.

11. Demonstrate the proper procedures for administering of animal health products.

12. Make change correctly.

13. Differentiate between marketing, pricing, and grading standards for agricultural commodities.

14. Develop a process for ordering and receiving goods based on inventory needs.

15. Generate periodic billing statements.

16. Explain factors in pricing agricultural merchandising.

17. Balance a ration in accordance to the nutritional requirements of an animal species.

18. Explain the functions of the monogastric digestive system.

19. Diagram the ruminant digestive system.

20. Identify procedures for developing a quality livestock disease prevention program.

21. Balance daily cash receipts.

22. Identify feedstuffs and additives available for specific livestock enterprises.

23. Explain the nutritional value of feedstuffs and additives as related to specific livestock enterprises.

24. Identify livestock facility requirements.

25. Demonstrate the principles of effective selling.

26. List the methods used to advertise an agricultural product.

27. Explain the developmental process used to prepare an appropriate advertisement.

28. Write a sales ticket.