Recruitment

Each year, current members travel down to students in our middle school. We present a slide show to the seventh and eighth graders. On the slides, they talk about multiple opportunities in which you can attend while in FFA. The presentation will also provide helpful information when signing up for classes.

 

If you sign up for FFA while in eighth grade you have the opportunity to receive your Discovery Degree. 

Freshman who are interested in FFA have the opportunity of taking our Introduction to Agriscience course. Freshman learn about Food and Natural Resources as well as starting their SAE projects. They also have the opportunity in receiving  their Greenhand Degree. They must have a active SAE project and have a working knowledge of parliamentary procedure as well as knowing basic FFA history.

We have multiple Informational Presentations throughout the year including the Ice Cream Social which is in September. We present the same presentation we gave to the eighth graders but with their parents/ guardians in attendance as well.

 

At the meeting, new members get sized for Official Dress Jackets, and merchandise for that year. Members will also be aware of the fee for membership and when payments are due.

We include multiple social media posts leading up to these presentations so be sure to follow our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Pages, linked in the bottom of the page.

Agriculture Classes

Intro to Agriscience: Introduction to agriscience introduces students to the whole agricultural education program. The first unit will be on the agricultural education model with students learning about classroom and FFA opportunities and develop a Supervised Agricultural Experience program (SAE). Other units include communication in agriculture and agricultural sciences investigation. This course is hands-on and student participation is required. Students will conduct individual activities as well as work with their peers in team settings. 

Natural Resources: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) will continue to build on skills learned in Introduction to Agriscience while focusing on the natural resources, plant and animal, and power, structural and technical systems pathways of agriculture. This course is hands-on and student participation is required. Students will conduct individual activities as well as work with their peers in team settings. FFA and SAE are intra-curricular parts of this course.

Animal Science: Students will learn about the value and utilization of animals in our lives. This course is an introductory animal science course covering both livestock and companion animals. Animal nutrition, growth, health, behavior, reproduction, and genetics will be covered. Students will be introduced to management practices as well as their effect on the environment. FFA and SAE are intra-curricular parts of this course.

Horticulture: This course will focus on landscaping, floriculture, and vegetable and flower production. Other units of instruction will include plant propagation and growth, soils and growing media, plant protection, and integrated pest management. FFA and SAE are intra-curricular parts of the class.

Agricultural Business: Students will learn the fundamentals of agricultural business management. Principles of agricultural decision-making, record keeping, financial statements, budgeting, cash flows, marketing and advertising, business organization, and agricultural sales will be units covered. FFA and SAE are intra-curricular parts of this course.

Agricultural Leadership: Students will learn about communication and leadership in agriculture. Public speaking and communications, agricultural issues and current events, coordination of leadership activities, and agricultural careers and career advancement will be covered. 

DMACC- Principles of Agronomy: An introductory course in the general principles of crop production and management. Major areas of study are food production, crop classification, plant growth factors, seed production and variety selection. FFA and SAE are intra-curricular parts of this course. Students taking concurrent enrollment course must take the course for college credit. Drop date without consequences will be determined by DMACC. College credit (3 cr.) will be given from DMACC upon successful completion of this course.

DMACC- Advanced Animal Science: An analysis of the livestock industry with emphasis on reproduction, inheritance, performance testing, selection and marketing. FFA and SAE are intra-curricular parts of this course. Students taking concurrent enrollment course must take the course for college credit. Drop date without consequences will be determined by DMACC. College credit (3 cr.) will be given from DMACC upon successful completion of this course.

Independent AG: Instructor approval. Self-guided study in an agricultural field. Must be a senior in high school.

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