Agriculture Science is the study of agriculture and related agriculture fields. In Agriculture Science, we develop students those abilities, skills, attitudes, and ideals which the student should possess for a successful life after high school. The class is a hand’s on class, students are taught to solve problems. Agriculture Education is CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Sciences Education) class – It teaches a variety of Sciences, Technologies as it plays vital role in today’s Agriculture, Engineering – students will learn how to design projects, read blue prints and fabricate them. Mathematics – in Agriculture Education classes, we work with a lot of math, from engineering to business.
We also recognize the fact that some of the students will complete their education at the end of high school, while others will participate in post high school training programs or two year technical programs, then others may complete a degree program in a 4 year college or university. While enrolled in Agriculture Education it provides the student with enough exploratory experiences to help themselves decide as to his/her interest areas and capabilities.
There are 3 parts to a SUCCESSFUL Agriculture Education Program:
Classroom Instruction, SAE, & FFA
Future Farmers of America (FFA)
As a student of agricultural education you are also a member of the National FFA Organization. As a member you are required to participate in chapter activities in some capacity. As you progress through the Racine Southern FFA you will have many opportunities to become more involved.
The FFA is a required part of the curriculum. Students will learn leadership skills and cooperation and have a chance to meet FFA members across the state. Activities include judging contests, public speaking, parliamentary procedure, and field trips both locally and to other points of interest such as Washington D.C. Leadership Conference, Colt Conference, National FFA Convention to Indianapolis, Indiana, the State FFA Convention in Columbus, Ohio, FFA camp, Made for Excellence Conference, plus many more. There are 3 things all FFA must participate in are: FFA Meetings, Chapter FFA Banquet and Meigs County Fair. These three things are for a grade - FFA Meetings 50pts each, Banquet 1000pts. County Fair ¼ credit.
Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE)
Each student is required to have an SAE. Students will be expected to develop their Supervise Agriculture Experience. Developing their SAE is a requirement throughout your years in ALL Ag Ed Classes. SAE are projects that students must keep records of one of the following: animal enterprise books, plant enterprise book, lab exploratory, or job placement. Also students are required to have a home improvement project each year with a minimum of 30hrs. The purpose is to help students understand basic time management, responsibility. Budgeting, cash flow, and shows the importance of record keeping.