Le Mars Community High School

P a g e | 24 Ag-Science, Food & Natural Resources Education The Agriculture Education program mission is to provide students a comprehensive education in applied science, technology, and business management within the framework of the ag-science, food, and natural resources career path. The goal of the program is to stimulate the development of critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills. We will provide a wide range of students the opportunity to pursue interests and career goals in a stimulating and engaging learning environment. Courses are offered in three strands; ag-science, business, and technology. AG-SCIENCE STRAND AGRI-SCIENCE 1 Course Length: 1 Year Credits: 2 Grade Level: 9,10,11,12 This course is the introductory course in the Agriculture Education program. A broad study of the ag-science, food and natural resources career cluster. Topics will include: animal and plant sciences, natural resources, agribusiness, horticulture, ag-technology, FFA student organization, and career experience programs. Emphasis of the course will be to explore the career opportunities available in this widely diversified career cluster; develop communication and problem-solving skills; and develop the leadership skills of all students involved. AG-SCIENCE 2 Course Length: 1 Year Credits: 2 Grade Level: 9,10,11,12 The primary areas of study will be animal science and agronomy. Students will design a program of independent study that will be focused on an animal species of interest. Agronomy and natural resources study will center using GPS and GIS technology/data systems. Students continue to develop their communication, problem- solving, and leadership skills. Students will improve their career experience programs that will support their individual career and personal interests. HORTICULTURE Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 Grade Level: 9,10,11,12 A course focusing on the application of plant science principles to greenhouse, nursery and landscape plants. Students should have some background in biology or ag-science. Topics include plant growth and development, greenhouse/house plants, nursery plants, landscaping design, installation and maintenance of landscape plants, turf management, fruit and vegetable production, and floriculture. Students will design a landscaping project and we will work as a class to prepare and install the project. PRINCIPLES OF AGRONOMY - AGA114 Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 LCHS 1, WITCC 3 Grade Level: 11, 12 This course is an introductory course in plant sciences and soil science. We will study soil formation, characteristics, and fertility management. We will also study the major agronomic crops and all of the basic management areas of fertility, pest management, and environmental impacts. SURVEY OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY - AGS113 Course Length: 1 Semester Credits: 1 LCHS 1, WITCC 3 Grade Level: 11, 12 This lecture and lab course introduces the student to a global animal industry. Beef, swine, sheep, dairy, horse, and poultry production are studied as well as other domesticated animal species.