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​​​​Agricultural Education​

The agriculture industry encompasses the food, fiber, conservation, and natural resource system employing over 20% of the nation's workforce. These courses are designed for students ranging from traditional production agriculture background to the non-traditional agriculture/urban background, and are available to all students who are interested in learning the knowledge and skills related to the agriculture industry (plants, animals, conservation, food science, landscaping, welding, leadership/communications, public speaking, etc.). Students will have an opportunity to earn industry recognized credentials through the Missouri Agricultural Skills and Knowledge Assessment in Ag Mechanics, Agronomy, Dairy Cattle Evaluation, Dairy Foods, Entomology, Farm Management, Floriculture, Forestry, Horse Evaluation, Livestock Evaluation, Meats Evaluation, Nursery/Landscape, Poultry, and Soils. Students can participate in the National FFA Organization.

Courses may be used as articulated credit for a maximum of 15 FREE college credit hours with State Fair Community College and 3 credit hours with State Technical College of Missouri (formerly Linn State Technical College) when completed with a recommendation from the instructor and counselor and the appropriate grade. Dual credit opportunities are also available through State Fair Community College. Agriculture courses are considered a practical art or an elective credit on a student’s Personal Plan of Study. Additional graduation requirements may be met through completion of agricultural classes.

Entry-level Career Options: 
Veterinary Assistant, Flower Shop Laborer, Agribusiness Laborer, Welder, Small Engine Technician​​, Ag Teacher, Greenhouse/Nursery Worker, Floral Shop Employee, Turf Grass/Maintenance, Wildlife Biologist, Ag Loan Officer, Veterinarian Assistant, Fo​rester

Recommended Post-Secondary Schools: 
State Fair Community College
North Central Missouri College
University of Missouri
Northwest Missouri State University​
State Technical College of Missouri
Missouri State University
Missouri Welding Institute​


*-Counts towards the 3 for 1 General Science Credit (statewide agreement)
**-Accepted by University of Missouri-Columbia for the 3 for 1 General Science Credit
**^-Accepted by University of Missouri-Columbia as a substitution for an Economics/Social Studies Credit for some majors
**^-Counts towards the ½ Credit of Personal Finance. The state EOC test must be taken with this course.
+-Counts towards a Communication Arts/Language Arts Credit for high school graduation as Written Communications

Agricultural Science I **

This entry level/Freshman agricultural class covers topics such as careers in agriculture, leadership/FFA activities, beginning record keeping, introduction to animal nutrition and production, introduction to agricultural mechanization, and supervised agricultural experience. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Open to all grade levels
1 unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
Download: AG 1Course Syllabus.pdf
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Agricultural Science II**

This is an intermediate level/Sophomore agricultural class in which topics such as advanced discussions of careers in agriculture, leadership/FFA activities, record keeping, and supervised agricultural experience will be taught. Also topics of plant, crop, and soil sciences, entomology, conservation/natural resources, and horticulture will be introduced. More advanced agricultural mechanization techniques will also be introduced. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science I or instructor’s consent.
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
1 Unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
State Technical College of Missouri (formerly Linn State Technical College) Course: CTG 106 Fundamentals of Turf & Grounds (3 credit hours if Ag Science II and one of the following Greenhouse Operations & Management I/II or Landscape and Turf Grass Management are completed)
Download: Syllabus-Ag Science II.pdf

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Agricultural Construction

This is an advanced laboratory course which allows for construction of major metal projects through using welding and large wood projects. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent.
Juniors and Seniors
1 or 2 Units, repeatable
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
Download: Agricultural Construction Syllabus.pdf
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Agricultural Management and Economics (available 2019-20) **^

This course is an advanced agricultural class that is geared towards college bound students. Topics such as farm management, agricultural economic principles, agricultural business management, and tax preparation will be taught. A variety of written, visual, and technological applications will be used to convey and teach the material. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. This course will also meet the ½ credit personal finance requirement. Dual and Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent.
Juniors and Seniors, Offered every other year in ODD years.
1 Unit and/or ½ Unit Personal Finance
State Fair Community College Course: AGRI 131-Intro to Agribusiness Systems (3 credit hours)-articulated or dual credit & AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
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Agricultural Leadership & Communications +

An advanced level communications/agricultural course designed to instruct in research, composition, and public speaking in the areas of informational, demonstration, persuasive, and motivational papers and speeches, understanding of MLA and APA citations, overview and review of basic English/language arts components (grammar, spelling, sentence structure, punctuation), weekly debate and journaling on current agricultural issues, development of job application materials including resumes and cover letters, mock interviews (face to face and phone), career and college searches, leadership and team building development and activities, agricultural sales research and presentations, development of newsletters, press releases (written and radio) and news articles, and reading comprehension and written response of motivational, team building, and leadership books. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Juniors and Seniors
1 Unit and/or 1 Unit Written Communications
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)


Agricultural Power (available 2019-20)

This is an introductory course to small engines, but advanced topics will be taught. These topics are maintenance, repair, adjustment, and overhaul of small engines. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent.
Juniors and Seniors, Offered every other year in ODD years.
½ Unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
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Agricultural Structures (available 2019-20)

This course includes electrical wiring, electrical motors, concrete masonry, plumbing and sewage disposal, farm fences, product handling and processing equipment, and farm buildings. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent.
Juniors and Seniors, Offered every other year in ODD years.
½ Unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
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Animal Science (available 2018-19) **

This is an advanced course in animal production, marketing, breeding, and nutrition. In depth discussions about biotechnology and waste management may also be included. Keeping accurate production records and selection of good stock will also be included. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Dual and Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent.
Juniors and Seniors, Offered every other year in EVEN years.
1 Unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGRI 108-Animal Science (3 credit hours)-articulated or dual credit & AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
Download: Animal Science Syllabus.pdf


Conservation of Natural Resources (available 2018-19) **

Introduction of topics and hands on experience of the natural resources/conservation industry. Topics will range from an understanding of wildlife and fish management, careers in the natural resource/conservation industry, forest management, identification of wildlife, and general conservation practices. There will be the opportunity to create wildlife food plots. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent.
Juniors & Seniors, Offered every other year in EVEN years.
1 Unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)

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Floriculture (available 2019-20) **

Introduction of topics and hands on experience of the floriculture industry. Topics will range from an understanding of flower shop operation, floral design, careers in floriculture industry, and identification of floriculture crops. There will be the opportunity to create floral arrangements. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent.
Juniors and Seniors, Offered every other year in ODD years.
1 Unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
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Greenhouse Operation and Management I **

Introduction of topics and hands on experience of the greenhouse industry. Topics will range from an understanding of greenhouse operation, plant propagation, and careers available in greenhouse industry. There will also be the opportunity to raise and sell your own plants. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent
Juniors and Seniors
1 Unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1129 General Horticulture (3 credit hours)-articulated or dual credit & AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
State Technical College of Missouri (formerly Linn State Technical College) Course: CTG 106 Fundamentals of Turf & Grounds (3 credit hours if Ag Science II and one of the following Greenhouse Operations & Management I/II or Landscape and Turfgrass Management are completed)
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Greenhouse Operation and Management II **

Advanced topics and hands on experience of the greenhouse industry. Advanced understanding and application of greenhouse operation, plant propagation, and careers available in greenhouse industry. There will also be the opportunity to raise and sell your own plants. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Dual and Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Greenhouse Operations and Management I and Instructors Consent.
Seniors
1 Unit
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1129 General Horticulture (3 credit hours)-articulated or dual credit & AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
State Technical College of Missouri (formerly Linn State Technical College) Course: CTG 106 Fundamentals of Turf & Grounds (3 credit hours if Ag Science II and one of the following Greenhouse Operations & Management I/II or Landscape and Turfgrass Management are completed)
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Landscaping & Turf Grass Management (available 2018-19)

Introduction of topics and hands on experience of the nursery and landscaping industries. Topics will range from an understanding and identification of nursery crops, transplanting techniques, landscape design, and maintenance of woody ornamentals and landscapes. Students will learn about turf grass production and management for lawns and landscapes and the use in sports areas such as golf courses, baseball, soccer, and football fields. Computerized landscape design programs will be utilized to design landscapes including plants, sidewalks, walls, etc. There will also be the opportunity to raise and landscape an area of the community or school. SAE, record keeping & FFA involvement is required. Dual and Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Prerequisite: Ag Science II or instructor’s consent.
Juniors and Seniors, Offered every other year in EVEN years.
1 Unit
State Technical College of Missouri (formerly State Technical College of Missouri) Course: CTG 106 Fundamentals of Turf & Grounds (3 credit hours if Ag Science II and one of the following Greenhouse Operations & Management I/II or Landscape and Turfgrass Management are completed)


SAE Internship

Students who have completed three years of agricultural courses are eligible for a SAE Internship (supervised agricultural experiences) for one to three hours per day. For every ten hours of work averaged per week, a student can earn ½ credit per semester. For every twenty hours of work averaged per week, a student can earn 1 credit per semester. For every thirty hours of work averaged per week, a student can earn 1 ½ credits per semester. This internship must be taken in conjunction with another agricultural course. Some internships may receive pay from an employer where others do not depending on the type of business or industry. Students must have reliable transportation and signed parent permission in order to participate, along with instructor and BTEC director approval. Students will also be required to be subject to onsite evaluations and maintain a financial record book documenting their work. Articulated credit opportunity listed below.

Seniors
1/2 to 3 Units credits, repeatable
State Fair Community College Course: AGR 1175 Occupational Internship (2-4 credits)
Download: SAE Internship Syllabus.pdf


Agricultural Education Department Guidelines

1. All freshmen and first year agricultural students must enroll in Agricultural Sciences I. Only under extreme circumstances, and with instructor approval, can a student be enrolled in a different class.

2. All second year agricultural students must enroll in Agricultural Sciences II. Only under extreme circumstances, and with instructor approval, can a student be enrolled in a different class, one exception being that if a student took Agricultural Science I as a sophomore or junior, they can enroll in one of the upper level classes.

3. If a student is an upper level student wanting to enroll for the first time, they must take Agricultural Science I, but can also enroll in upper level classes. Exceptions will be made with instructor approval.

4. Students enrolled in agricultural classes will be required to have an SAE, keep a record book and be involved in FFA. This is because these are intracurricular activities that are required within the curriculum. For some reason, if a student cannot afford involvement, help will be given to them so they will be able to be involved.



Instructor: Mr. Doug Henke

Mr. Henke grew up at Mexico, Missouri and attended Mexico Senior High School. He served as the Mexico FFA Chapter Treasurer, Vice President and President as well as earning both the State and American FFA Degree. Mr. Henke attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and received a bachelors and masters degree in Agricultural Education and minors in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics. Mr. Henke taught 4 years at Concordia R-2 and has been at BTEC for 16 years.

Instructor: Miss Deanna Thies

Miss Thies grew up in Glasgow, Missouri and attended Glasgow High School. She served as the FFA Vice President, Reporter, and Chaplain and as an Area VI Vice President for two years. She was also recognized as the State Star in Agribusiness, a National Proficiency finalist twice and a National Winner once, a Finalist for the American Star in Agribusiness, and a National Agri-Entrepreneurship Winner. Miss Thies attended the University of Missouri and received bachelors degrees in agricultural education and plant science, and a masters degree in agricultural education. She taught previously at Chillicothe and has been in the Boonville district for 15 years. She currently serves as the Regional IV Secretary for the National Association of Agriculture Educators, and has held positions on the area, district, and state levels for agricultural educators associations.