UMHS FFA has been awarded a charter from the CA FFA Association!
We also project to have over 30 students showing at the El Dorado County Fair!
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UMHS Agriculture Course offerings include:
Agricultural Science: is available to all students who have never taken a vocational agriculture class. The course introduces students to the basic elements of plant science, animal science, agriculture business, California agriculture, leadership, and the FFA. Students will have the opportunity to gain field experience through the development of a supervised agricultural experience. As a vehicle for developing leadership skills students will be exposed to the FFA and its many opportunities.
Biology and Sustainable Agriculture: is a one year course designed to integrate biological science
practices and knowledge into the practice of sustainable agriculture. The course is
organized into four major sections, or units, each with a guiding question. Unit one
addresses the question, What is sustainable agriculture? Unit two, How does
sustainable agriculture fit into our environment? Unit three, What molecular biology
principles guide sustainable agriculture? Unit four, How do we make decisions to
maximize sustainable agricultural practices within a functioning ecosystem? Within
each unit specific life science principles (including biological molecules, energy
transfer through photosynthesis, cell respiration and fermentation, cell structure and
function, classification, DNA structure and function, protein synthesis, genetics,
evolution, and ecology), will be identified with agricultural principles and practices
guiding the acquisition of this knowledge, culminating in the development of a
sustainable farm model and portfolio of supporting student research.
Agricultural Mechanics: teaches basic skills related to the mechanical activities involved with agricultural production/service. Instruction includes field and laboratory application of the concepts taught. Students will develop skills in the areas woodworking, electrical, tool reconditioning, plumbing, painting, bill of materials, small gas engines, and basic welding. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about and participate in FFA and career events.
Advanced Agricultural Mechanics Technology: is an extension of and builds upon
skills and knowledge learned in Agricultural Mechanics Technology. This course will
offer Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors the opportunity to further advance their skill
profiencies in the areas of woodworking, metalworking, project planning, tool fitting,
electricity and electronics, plumbing, cold metal processes, concrete, welding
technology, hydraulic & pneumatic systems and basic construction techniques.
Comprehensive understanding and application of current safety standards and
procedures will be a component of each study unit. Career planning and leadership
development through participation in FFA and the maintenance of a Supervised
Agricultural Experience (SAE) project will be an integral part of the course.
Ag Leadership: is designed to improve the leadership skills of students interested in agriculture. In addition to exploring different leadership styles, this course will improve students’ skills in the areas of Goal-setting, Organization, Communication, Time and Resource Management, Public Speaking, Career Development, and Conflict Resolution. This course will combine the areas of classroom, FFA, and supervised occupational experience programs.
Animal Science: will expand on Animal Science knowledge that was learned
in Ag Science 1 and Ag Biology. Students will learn scientific concepts related to animals
and apply these in hands-on situations. The FFA leadership organization and Supervised
Agricultural Experience Projects are an integral part of this class.
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.
Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components: