AGRICULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Agriculture and Natural Resources is a program to introduce the student to the broad field of agriculture and natural resources, including the production of plants and animals and the management of natural resources. The program includes instruction in the applied sciences related to plant and animal production and natural resource conservation and management, as well as introducing the student to agribusiness management practices and maintenance of facilities and equipment. Students in the program participate in active learning exercises, including integral activities of the FFA organization and supervised experiences. Students who successfully complete the competencies in this program will possess fundamental knowledge and skills that can be used to secure entry level employment or as a foundation for continuing their education.
Introduction to Agriscience serves as an introduction to the science of agriculture and provides a solid foundation for advanced Agriscience classes or for additional agriculture/science classes. Students are introduced to agricultural science topics including biotechnology, animal science, mechanical technology, food science, plant science, environmental and natural resources, and entomology. These concepts are taught through classroom and laboratory instruction and applications such as the Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE) and FFA Career Development Activities. This program utilizes the problem solving method of instruction and relies upon the agricultural information systems, including the Internet.
Leadership, citizenship, and cooperation skills are taught through participation in FFA activities. The FFA is an intra-curricular vocational student organization designed to provide a learning laboratory for the implementation of this curriculum.
Introduction to Agriscience is intended to be a one-year course of study. Students completing the course will receive one Carnegie unit for science and an additional 0.5 Carnegie unit for completion of the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE).
Agriculture and Natural Resources I is designed to introduce the student to fundamental concepts and principles of the modern agricultural and natural resources industry. Emphasis is placed on career and leadership skills; basic principles of plant, animal, and soil science; and basic mechanical technologies in the field. (2 - 2½ Carnegie units depending on time spent in course)
Agriculture and Natural Resources II is designed to continue the exploration of fundamental concepts and principles associated with agriculture and natural resources. Emphasis is placed on the conservation and management of natural resources, agricultural business management practices, and mechanical technologies. (2-2½ Carnegie units depending on time spent in course)
The Horticulture program is the newest addition to the offering of Agriculture classes that we have at FCAHS. Horticulture is also known as the “Green Industry”. Emphasis is mostly is placed on plants that are grown in the greenhouse or nursery, such as foliage plants, bedding plants, cut flowers, and landscaping plants. Students are instructed on the necessary management requirements needed from start to finish of these crops. Does this mean that all the time is spent in the greenhouse? Major amounts of time are spent outside the greenhouse learning about landscaping and how to plan, install, and maintain a landscape that has eye appeal for a home or a business. But that’s not all; students have the opportunity to experience the everyday challenges of maintaining sports turf on our Aggie athletic fields. They learn to start a vegetable garden the traditional way or to lengthen the growing season with the use of High Tunnel Technology. Students also learn how to manage fruit trees and how floral designs are fabricated. As you can see the FCAHS Horticulture Program is a perfect fit to provide hands-on learning for students interested in furthering their career in the Green Industry.