Agriculture

Faculty

Parker Bane M.S. University of Illinois pbane@pontiac90.org
Jesse Faber M.S. University of Illinois jfaber@pontiac90.org

Course Descriptions

INTRO TO AGRICULTURE (002, 003)
Class Level: 09 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This orientation course provides an opportunity for students to learn how the agricultural industry is organized; its major components; the economic influence of agriculture at state, national and international levels; and the scope and types of job opportunities in the agricultural field. Basic concepts in animal science, plant science, soil science, horticulture, natural resources, agribusiness management, agricultural mechanics, agricultural biotechnology, food science technology, environmental science and aquacultural science and technology will be presented. The development of leadership, employability and computer skills will also be taught. Because FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs are integral components of this course, students are encouraged to maintain an SAEP and to participate in activities of the organization.
AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE (004, 005)
Class Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Introduction to Agriculture
This orientation course builds on basic skills and knowledge gained in the Introduction to the Agricultural Industry course. Major units of instruction include advanced plant science, soil science, animal science, and agricultural mechanics. Applied science and math skills and concepts will be stressed throughout the course as they relate to each area. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE APPLICATIONS IN AGRICULTURE (006, 007)
Class Level: 10, 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Biology
Animals (1st semester) This course is designed to reinforce and extend students’ understanding of science by associating scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture.  Students will examine major phases of animal agriculture and specific biological science concepts that govern management decisions in the animal industry.  Topics of study are in the areas of growth and development of animals – embryology, ethology, nutrition, immunity systems, and processing animal products – preservation, fermentation, and pasteurization.  The course will be valuable preparation for further education and will increase the relevance of science through the applied setting of agriculture by enhancing literacy in science and the scientific process.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.Plants (2nd semester) This course is designed to reinforce and extend students’ understanding of science by associating basic scientific principles and concepts with relevant applications in agriculture.  Students will examine major phases of plant growth and management in agriculture and the specific biological science concepts that govern management decisions  Topics of study are in the areas of initiating plant growth – germination, plant sensory mechanisms, enzyme action, absorption, and managing plant growth – photosynthesis, respiration, translocation, metabolism, and growth regulation.  The course will be valuable preparation for further education and will increase the relevance of science through the applied setting of agriculture by enhancing literacy in science and the scientific process.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
LANDSCAPING AND TURF MANAGEMENT (008, 009)
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Intro to Agriculture
This advanced course focuses on the landscape, nursery, and turf segments of the horticulture industry.  Units of student include:  identifying landscape plants, designing landscape plans, landscape construction techniques, and installing landscape plants.  Also included are nursery production, turf grass production, small engine repair, and maintenance of existing landscapes.  Agribusiness units will cover calculating prices for work, managing a horticulture business, advertising, and sales.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION (010, 011)
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: None
This course develops management and conservation skills in understanding the connection between agriculture and natural resources.  Students will gain knowledge and develop skills in understanding natural resources and its importance; fish, wildlife, and forestry management and conservation; and exploring outdoor recreational enterprises.  Hunting and fishing as a sport, growing and managing tree forests, and outdoor safety education will be featured.  Career exploration will be discussed including:  park ranger, game warden, campground manager, forester, conservation officer, wildlife manager, and related occupations.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
AGRICULTURAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (012, 013)
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Intro to Agriculture
This course will provide students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to manage personal finances and develop into a successful entrepreneur and/or business person.  Instructional units include:  business ownership types, starting an agribusiness, managing and operating an agribusiness, financing an agribusiness, managing personal finances, record keeping and financial management of an agribusiness, local, state, and federal taxes, agricultural law, and developing employability skills.  Student skills will be enhanced in math, reading comprehension, and writing through agribusiness applications.  Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus.  Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
CROP SCIENCE (PCC DC) (014)
Class Level: 09, 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Intro to Agriculture or Instructor’s Consent
This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for future employment in the agronomy or related industries.. Major units of instruction include scientific method, cellular biology, genetics, biotechnology, soil classifications, soil erosion and management, soil fertility, plant classification, plant anatomy and physiology, plant propagation, plant growth, integrated pest management, grain, oil, forage, sugar, and fiber crop production methods, grain quality, grain storage, and grain transportation. Applied science and math skills and concepts will be stressed throughout the course as they relate to each area. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
ANIMAL SCIENCE (PCC DC) (015)
Class Level: 09, 10 Credit: 1 Prerequisite: Intro to Agriculture or Instructor’s Consent
This course will develop students’ understanding of the livestock (beef, dairy, sheep, goats, and swine), poultry, and large (equine) animal industry. Topics of instruction include scientific investigations, genetics, animal anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, animal health, and meat science. Improving computer and workplace skills will be a focus. Participation in FFA student organization activities and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects is an integral course component for leadership development, career exploration and reinforcement of academic concepts.
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE I (016, 017)
Class Level: 09, 10 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: Intro to Agriculture or Instructor’s Consent
This experience program is for students in the 9th and 10th grades. Students receiving career and technical credit in this area must be enrolled in an approved agricultural program sequence. Individual students will have a minimum of one approved project or acceptable plans for a project. Supervised study, project record book-work, training plans and agreements, report writing, and instructor project visitation and supervision are essentials of the supervised agricultural experience.
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE II (018, 019)
Class Level: 11, 12 Credit: 1/2 Prerequisite: SAE I or BSAA
This experience program is for 11th and 12th grade agricultural students. The opportunities and responsibilities are similar to those discussed under Supervised Agricultural Experience I with the exception that the experiences are conducted at a more advanced level of skill training. The project should be expanded as the student progresses through the agricultural program.