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Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

All students enrolled in Agriculture Food and Natural Resources courses will be required to comply with the Texas Education Agency's mandate relating to Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs (S.A.E.P.).  To obtain credit for each semester course, every student must fulfill all necessary course point guides designated by TEA.  Membership in the Carthage FFA Chapter is strongly recommended, but is not required to take any Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources course.  Membership in the FFA allows students to participate in a multitude of activities, including, but not limited to Leadership Development Events, Career Development Events, individual awards, scholarships and even animal projects.  The raising of animal projects can be included in the SAE Program, but is not a requirement for any course.  If any student chooses to raise an animal as a project, this choice is strictly an option for the student - not a course requirement. All costs are the responsibility of the student. Estimated costs for raising personal projects may be obtained by contacting the Agriscience teacher(s) at the high school.  Also, students participating in Agriculture Mechanics classes may incur some additional expense if they choose to construct a project that is to be taken home for personal use. Cost of the personal project will vary, depending upon the type of project, its size, and the materials used.

It is extremely important that students who pursue courses in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster follow the recommended coherent sequence or career pathway when making course selections.


Principles of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources 

The starting point for exciting opportunities in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, this is the basic course designed to introduce beginning students to the world of agriculture. The course also includes career development, leadership, communications and personal finance.  Students enrolled will learn the history of agriculture, creation and structure of the National FFA Organization along with the usage of Parliamentary Procedure.  This course also includes basics for animal science, soils, plants, food science, and supervised agricultural experience programs.


Livestock Production     

This course will focus on the selection, nutrition, reproduction and management of horses, beef cattle, goats, swine and sheep. Other topics common to these Animal Science courses include animal anatomy and physiology, the economy of animal agriculture and the identification of certain animal diseases. Students will be involved in a lab type setting on the CHS School Farm. On occasion students will be required to wear clothing suitable for farm activities.

Wiildlife, Fisheries and Ecology Management    

Wildlife, Fisheries, and Ecology Management is designed to examine the importance of wildlife and outdoor recreation. The emphasis is on the sound management of wildlife and all natural resources in a way that promotes continued use. Safety education programs for hunters, boaters, and anglers are emphasized. The course is taught in the fall in order to enhance management practices during hunting seasons. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in a contest based on the Wildlife curriculum.



Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technologies   Grades 10 – 12          

Students will be introduced to the world of agricultural mechanics.  Shop safety procedures will be highly emphasized, along with safe use of hand and power tools.  Students will be expected to develop skills necessary to become proficient in welding and other metal working techniques all while emphasizing industry recognized safety standards.  All students will be expected to actively participate fully in all shop/laboratory activities.

Small Engine Technology   Grades 10 - 12

Small engine Technology is a laboratory and classroom oriented course, focusing on the skills and knowledge necessary for small gasoline engine operation, maintenance and repair.  Emphasis will also focus on the maintenance, repair and reconditioning of small engine powered machinery and equipment.  Students will have the opportunity to obtain the Small Engine Technician Certificate through the Equipment & Engine Training Council.

Agriculture Power Systems   Grades 11 – 12                            

Agriculture Power and Machinery is a laboratory oriented course, focusing on the skills and knowledge necessary for small gasoline engine operation, maintenance and repair.  Emphasis will also focus on the maintenance, repair and reconditioning of agricultural vehicles, machinery and equipment.  Diesel engine fundamentals, along with modern high-tech components will be emphasized. 




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