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Agriculture Education II


Agricultural Education II

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.   Compare the advantages and disadvantages of biological, chemical and cultural pest controls.

2.   Interpret the results from a soil and/or tissue test.

3.   Determine appropriate land use management based on soil evaluation needs.

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


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 the personal characteristics of entrepreneurs.

2.   Recognize the importance of technical assistance.

3.   Explain the concept of competition.

4.   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.   Identify the types of production systems used worldwide and their impact.

2.   Determine the impact of biotechnology on world food production systems.

3.   Locate on a map each of the major continents of the world.

4.   Locate on a map each of the major agricultural regions of the world.

5.   Explain the impact of government policy on the production and marketing of various commodities.

6.   Explain the linkage between culture and diet.

7.   Compare the differences between measurement systems in the United States and the world.

8.   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.   Calculate the amount of fertilizer and/or chemicals needed for a specific task or recommendation.

3.   Calibrate fertilizer and chemical equipment.

4.   Operate office equipment.

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

6.   Calculate storage charges on grain.

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

8.   Describe basic hardware components.

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

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

11. 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



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.










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.   Develop a process for accurately determining business inventory.

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

3.   Complete a net worth statement.

4.   Prepare an enterprise budget.

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

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

7.   Identify different production techniques and their effect on the environment.

8.   Perform plant propagation using sexual, asexual or tissue culture techniques.

9.   Demonstrate the proper procedure for planting trees and shrubs.

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

11. Explain how the selection of hybrid and certified seed affects performance and profitability.

12. Explain the principles of plant breeding.

13. Identify the types of tillage methods used in crop production.

14. Describe the types of harvesting systems used in crop production.

15. Explain the role of primary and secondary nutrients used in crop production.

16. Select appropriate commercial fertilizers and chemicals based on identified needs.

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

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

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

20. Read a soil classification map.

21. Make change correctly.

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

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

24. Generate periodic billing statements.

25. Explain factors in pricing agricultural merchandising.

26. Balance daily cash receipts.

27. Demonstrate the principles of effective selling.

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

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

30. Write a sales ticket.