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Course Resources:

Students should come prepared for class each day with something to write with and notebook paper. Each student will need a folder or small binder to keep track of class notes, handouts, and other class materials. All textbooks used in the class will be kept in the classroom. Students will receive one documented verbal warning for behavior issues, and discipline referrals will occur for each additional recurrence, following student handbook point system.  Chromebooks will be used in class for educational purposes only. Failure to comply with proper use of chromebook within the classroom will result in no use of the chromebook within the agriculture classroom.

Leadership development and supervised agricultural experience programs are an integral part of this course. All students are expected to be a part of the FFA chapter. Public Law 740 states, “FFA is an inter-curricular part of the agricultural classroom.” FFA Membership dues are $25 and due on Friday, September 8th for Fall FFA activity participation. Dues include magazine subscription, state & national dues, and chapter tshirt. 

Proper classroom behavior is expected of all students in the classroom at all times. The student should:

  1. Be on time and ready to go

  2. Be respectful of everyone/everything in the room

  3. Participate in class discussions

Course Objectives:

This course is designed to provide a foundation for further study into the agricultural classes. This course provides the student with opportunities to develop leadership concepts and skills through the FFA program. Exposure to the various disciplines of agriculture can cultivate a basic understanding of the many agricultural fundamentals and practices. 

Units of Study:

Intro to FFA

  • FFA History and Opportunities

  • FFA Creed, Mission, Motto

  • FFA Emblem

  • FFA Knowledge

  • Leadership Opportunities

Intro to Animal Science

    • Animal Science Introduction

    • Animal Nutrition

    • Animal Digestion

  • Animal Products

  • Beef Production Unit

    • Breeds

    • Reproduction

    • Ruminant Nutrition & Digestion

    • Herd Management

    • Beef & Dairy Production

    • Quality & Yield Grades


  • Woodworking safety

  • Shop projects

Intro Missouri Record Books

  • Missouri Record Books

    • Forms 1 & 2

    • Form 5

    • Forms 6-10

    • Importance of keeping Records

  • Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE Projects) 

  • Intro to Career Development Events

Careers in Agriculture

  • Career Sections in Agriculture

    • Crop Production

    • Animal Production




      Mechanics, computers, construction, & welding



  • Career Development Events

    • Group practice

    • Pros & Cons of aquaculture productions

    • Methods of Aquaculture production

  • Importance of Bees & Agriculture

    • “Where are all the bees?”

    • Pollination

Intro to Welding

  • Agriculture Mechanics

    • Oxy-Acetylene Torch

    • Basic hand tools

  • Welding

    • Arc welding Safety

    • Arc welding - Bead, Lap, T, and Butt Welds

    • Introduction to MIG welding

Grading Policy:

Students are required to keep their record books up to date on a monthly basis and will complete various assignments throughout the semester ranging in point values.

Students should make all attempts to pass this class. Ms. Burgfeld is always available to discuss support structures for your child’s education. If the student, the parent and the teacher all act proactively, we shall achieve success together. 

Students with continuous missing work and/or a failing grade at designated checkpoints will be assigned to after school tutoring in the subject(s) until work/grade is brought current or passing.  Grades included in checkpoints are mid-quarter grades and end-of-quarter grades.  

Repeatedly not turning in minor in-class work, etc. would result in tutoring assignment after three missing assignments during the quarter. Please refer to the student handbook for further details regarding district wide grading policy. 

Attendance Policy:

Students have the equivalent amount of days to make up all assignments as the number of days missed due to an excused absence. Work may be made up before or after school and must be scheduled with the course instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to collect ALL missed work during their absences. 

Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty Policy:

Plagiarism and academic dishonesty are serious offenses. The academic work of a student is expected to be his/her own effort. Students must give the author(s) credit for any source material used. To represent ideas or interpretations taken from a source without giving credit is a flagrant act. To present a borrowed passage after having changed a few words, even if the source is cited, is plagiarism. Students who commit any act of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade in that portion of the coursework. Acts of academic dishonesty will be reported to the administration.