Howe Independent School District

"Educating the Hope of Tomorrow"

AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Coordinated group and individual instructional activities consisting of classroom and laboratory experiences, supervised agricultural experiences, and leadership activities are included in this comprehensive secondary program. The program is designed to develop competencies needed by high school students desiring to or preparing to enter agricultural, food, and natural resources occupations. Agricultural employment includes all jobs that require agricultural competencies or essential knowledge and skills needed in producing, managing, processing, marketing, distributing, regulating, or protecting any of the renewable natural resources-about 20% of the Gross National Product (GNP). Sixty percent (60%) of all activities are (shop/lab) activities. All classes are located at the high school.
Future Farmers of America (FFA) activities are an integral part of the Agricultural Science and Technology education program. Opportunities for developing skills in leadership, cooperation, and citizenship are provided through extension of classroom / laboratory learning experiences by membership and participation in this student leadership organization.

FIFTEEN RELATED CAREERS
Agricultural Scientist Agricultural Engineer Technical Sales Rep.
Cooperative Extension Service Biological Scientist (Agricultural)
Fish and Game Warden Farmer/Farmer Manager Quality Control/
Landscape Architect Forester and Conservation Scientist Technician-Food
Teacher, Career and Technical Education Range Manager Crop Protection/
Hazardous Material Technical Coordinator Veterinary Technician Veterinarian
471101
INTRODUCTION TO AG SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None
This is the recommended class for incoming freshman or first year agriculture students. The course addresses the broad spectrum of agriculture science/agribusiness. Students in this class will focus on the scope of world, national, and local agriculture issues. The course includes instructional units in agricultural career development, leadership, communications, personal finance, and mechanized agriculture.

471112
APPLIED AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None

This course is the follow-up course to Introduction To World Agricultural Science and Technology and is another basic course designed to enhance the agricultural comprehension in agricultural science. The course includes soils, plants, animals, agricultural construction, food science, supervised agricultural experience programs, and leadership.

472101
PLANT AND ANIMAL PRODUCTION
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............Recommended: Intro. To World Ag. & Applied Ag.

This course is an introductory course that prepares students for careers in food and fiber production systems. It is designed to provide principles of animal and plant production and the management of soils as related to agriculture.
 
472153
WILDLIFE AND RECREATION MANAGEMENT
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............Recommended: Intro. To World Ag. & Applied Ag.

This course is designed to examine areas of wildlife management, hunter safety, policies, laws and administration of wildlife management, identification of wildlife and fish, identification of ecological concepts, state and federal policies concerning recreation, wildlife careers and leadership related activities. Students wishing to be certified in hunter safety will be required to pay a testing fee.

472163
AGRICULTURAL METAL FABRICATION AND TECHNOLOGY
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............Recommended: Intro. To World Ag. & Applied Ag.
This technical course develops skills and knowledge associated with metal fabrication. Students will get hands-on experience in safety and laboratory procedures; identifying, cutting, drilling, shaping and filing metals; use of the cutting torch to heat, cut and bend metals; basic steps of arc welding, Mig welding and plasma cutting process. Students will be required to purchase supplies for personal projects. (This is the introductory course for the Welding I and II courses at the Advanced Technoloy Complex)

 472131
ANIMAL SCIENCE
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............Recommended: Intro. To World Ag. & Applied Ag.

This course develops the knowledge and skills pertaining to the nutrition, reproduction, health, and management of domestic animals. It provides the necessary background for students preparing for careers in the veterinary field.
472142
ADVANCED ANIMAL SCIENCE
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............Animal Science.

This course is designed to examine the interrelatedness of human, scientific, and technological dimensions of livestock production. Instruction is designed to expand one’s knowledge of the scientific subjects of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, health and selection.

472122
EQUINE SCIENCE
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............Recommended: Intro. To World Ag. & Applied Ag.

This technical course is designed to develop knowledge and skills pertaining to the selection, nutrition, reproduction, health and management of horses. It prepares students with the basics of horse ownership and careers in the equine industry.
472111
INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURE SCIENCES
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None. Recommended: Intro. To World Ag & Applied Ag Science

This technical course is designed to develop knowledge and skills related to the management and production of greenhouse and nursery crops. Topics include classification and identification of plants, maintenance and storage of tools; plant propagation techniques; marketing techniques, maintenance of structures and equipment; and management of environmental conditions.
 
473002
HORTICULTURE PLANT PRODUCTION
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None. Recommended: Intro. To Horticulture Science

This technical course is designed to develop knowledge and skills related to the management and production of greenhouse and nursery crops. Topics include classification and identification of plants, maintenance and storage of tools; plant propagation techniques; marketing techniques, maintenance of structures and equipment; and management of environmental conditions.
473201
FLORAL DESIGN & INTERIOR LANDSCAPE DEVELOPMENT
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None.

This is a technical course that prepares students to arrange flowers, foliage and related plant material for interior locations. Students will evaluate techniques of increasing "keeping qualities" of flowers and plants, recognize design principles, evaluate techniques and prepare geometric floral designs prepared with fresh, silk and dried flowers, prepare corsages and boutonnieres, evaluate techniques and prepare designs for holidays, banquets and other occasions. Students will learn to identify and use safe work practices and will also be required to purchase supplies  for projects.
472172
LANDSCAPE DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION, & MAINTENANCE
Grade Placement.......9-12
Credits........................1/2
Prerequisite...............None.
Recommended: Intro. To Horticultural Sciences

This course introduces students to basic principles and techniques of landscape design. Students will actively participate in the design of real world landscapes. Emphasis will be placed on proper plant selection, principles of balance in design, and ease of maintenance of design. This course is geared towards hands on activities.

47410 / 47510
AGRICULTURE CAREER PREPARATION I and II
Grade Placement.......11-12
Credits........................3
Prerequisite...............Instructor or Career Counselor Approval

This course prepares students for careers in agriculture/agribusiness. Students will attain academic skills and knowledge related to agriculture/agribusiness and the workplace and develop knowledge and skills regarding career opportunities, entry requirements, and industry expectations. To prepare for success, students will have opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills and technologies in a work based environment.
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