Courses of Study: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Grade 9 - 12, Introduction to Agriscience, 2009

1.) Identify career opportunities within the agricultural industry.

2.) Identify safety rules and procedures required for working with hand and power tools in agricultural operations.

3.) Determine the impact of the agricultural industry on the economies of Alabama, the United States, and the world.

•  Describing major factors in world consumer preferences
4.) Describe basic human needs, including food, clothing, and shelter.

•  Describing benefits of an abundant, inexpensive, and safe food supply produced by United States farmers for the American population
Examples: abundance—independence from foreign food imports

- inexpensive—less income spent on food

- safe food supply—better overall health of populations

5.) Describe criteria for selecting a SAE.

Examples: years in program, career interest, career advantages

•  Identifying requirements of a SAE, including manageability, availability of facilities, financing, and record keeping
6.) Demonstrate qualities of leadership, including cooperation, citizenship, and communication.

Examples: cooperation - teamwork

- citizenship—community service

- communication—written and verbal skills

7.) Contrast sources of agricultural and nonagricultural pollution in water supplies.

Examples: agricultural pollution—fertilizers, pesticides

- nonagricultural pollution—trash, industrial wastes

8.) Differentiate renewable from nonrenewable natural resources.

Examples: renewable—water, trees

- nonrenewable—fossil fuels

9.) Compare methods of soil, water, and wildlife conservation.

Examples: soil—cover cropping, wind breaks, no-till farming, terracing

- water—creating water reservoirs

- wildlife—restocking, following governmental regulations

10.) Explain benefits of forests and woodlands.

Examples: aesthetics, recreation, building materials, wildlife, water, air purification

11.) Compare structure, size, and scale of various breeds of domesticated animals.

•  Describing the importance of domesticated animals
•  Describing the benefits of various breeds of domesticated animals
12.) Explain the role of plants in the transfer of energy through food chains.

13.) Describe the structure and function of seeds.

•  Describing proper handling, storage, and care of seeds
14.) Distinguish fruits from vegetables.

•  Identifying locally grown fruits and vegetables
15.) Explain the impact of fertilizers and pesticides on plant growth.

16.) Analyze biotechnology to determine benefits to the agriculture industry.

Examples: improved productivity, medical advancements, environmental benefits

17.) Describe technology used in the agricultural industry.

Examples: remote sensing, robotics, global positioning systems (GPS), geographical information systems (GIS), electronic reference sources, data management software

18.) Explain the importance of agribusiness marketing skills, including salesmanship, customer service, and advertising.

19.) Interpret a woodworking project plan.

•  Identifying whole number and fractional designations on a standard ruler
•  Recognizing uses of basic woodworking tools and materials
•  Demonstrating techniques for sanding and finishing wood