8th Grade Exploratory Ag
This course will expose students to the World’s largest and most important industry; agriculture. The opportunities are endless and growing. Throughout the quarter, we will explore areas of FFA Leadership, Animal Science, Small Animal Care, Plant Science, Food Science, Horticulture, Ag Business and Ag Mechanics.
Intro To Ag Science: Freshman Ag
Agriculture is the world’s largest industry. The opportunities are endless in growing. We will explore the areas of animal science and management. Emphasis will be given to beef, dairy, swine, poultry and small animals (cats, dogs, ect...). As students, you will be able to develop teamwork, leadership and public speaking skills through the numerous classroom and FFA activities. The most exciting part of Ag class is the FFA. Through FFA, you will have the opportunity to participate in contests, travel, develop leadership skills and be a part of one of the top programs in the State of Minnesota.
Natural Resource Management: Ag 10 Fall
This course will explore the area of large wildlife management. We will learn about the history, current environmental and habitat conditions of several animals like white tailed deer, wolves, bears, elk, moose and bears. This is a great class for anyone who has an interest in the environment or would like to pursue a career in the wildlife or natural resource management area. Participation in the USC FFA is strongly recommended and offers numerous opportunities for every student.
Ag 10: Spring
This year of agriculture will build upon last year’s experiences. However, if you missed Ag 1, don’t worry, we will catch you up. During the fall semester, a great deal of time will be devoted to the study of large wildlife management and science. We will learn about the history and current environmental and habitat conditions of white tailed deer, wolves and bears. This is a great class for anyone who has an interest in the environment or would like to pursue a career in the wildlife or natural resource management area. The spring semester will be dedicated to the study of crop production/management and welding. A great deal of time will be spent on hands-on activties in the classroom and ag mechanics shop. Participation in the USC FFA Chapter is strongly recommended as many of our classroom activities involve the FFA.
Plant Science 1
Agriculture is a vital industry that requires trained professionals to produce, develop, experiment and market food, fiber and building products to the world. This science based class will focus on crop and soil science with an agricultural emphasis. The course will begin with soil science and management and finish with agronomy (plant science). This is a great course for anyone planning to enter a science or agricultural based career. This course also satisfies one semester of science credit. Participation in the USC FFA is strongly recommended and offers many opportunities for every student.
Agriculture is a vital industry that requires trained professionals to raise, develop, experiment and market food products to an every increasing world population. This science based class will focus on animal behavior, reproduction, nutrition, growth and development, genetics and production of meat. This course will satisfy one semester credit of science credit. Participation in the USC FFA is strongly recommended and offers many opportunities for every student.
Ag Technology: Spring Semester
In the spring, you will have the opportunity to build from the ground up a metal trailer from as little as 4 X 8 to as large as 8 X 24. This is an entirely hands-on based class that requires each student to participate in the projects being assembled in the Ag Mechanics Shop. The project includes the construction of the trailer and the development of design plans through the use of computers and the internet. Students will work in groups of 3 to 5 to complete each trailer. You do not need to build a trailer for yourself. This project has produced many trailers that have earned top honors at the Minnesota State Fair Ag Mechanics Show. Participation in the USC FFA is strongly recommended and offers many opportunities for every student.
Horticulture I: Fall Semester
The fall semester of Horticulture 1 will be devoted to landscape design, tree and shrub care, plant identifications, Poinsettia production, Chrysanthemum production and Easter Lily production. The emphasis will be towards “hands-on” activities in the school courtyard and greenhouse. This is a great class for anyone who enjoys the outdoors, accomplishing quality projects, has an appreciation for plants, trees and shrubs and working with their hands. We perform extensive management of the flower and shrub gardens in the school courtyard. We will also be learning the entire Easter Lily production process from start to finish by producing 75 lilies in the greenhouse for sale. Participation in the USC FFA is strongly recommended as many of our activities are centered around the FFA.
SAE-Ag Work Study
This class is offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Students that enroll in this class will gain valuable hands-on work experience through placement in an agriculturally oriented job. Students will be required to work a minimum of 10 hours/week. The instructor will seek out placement sites for students who do not have one, so please contact the Ag Department in advance to let the instructor know. This class is not available to anyone that is involved in athletics after school. Students must be enrolled in a regular agriculture/horticulture class in order to take Ag Work Study. Membership in the FFA is required.