Agricultural Education

UMHS Agriculture
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2020-21 UMHS FFA Boosters Board Members:
  • President, Danielle Varozza
  • Vice President, Karen Gilliland
  • Secretary, Kylee Heuer
  • Treasurer, Denise Padilla
  • Board Members: Danielle Baumunk, Ben Varozza, & Tom Lemos
2020-21 FFA Officer Team:
  • President, Elle Palmer
  • Vice President, Ben Varozza
  • Secretary, Ava Baumunk
  • Treasurer, Lars Heuer
  • Reporter, Bailey Gilliland
  • Sentinel, Abbi O'Neill
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UMHS FFA has been awarded a charter from the CA FFA Association!

Charter #CA0581

We also project to have over 30 students showing at the El Dorado County Fair!

Keep up with the good news by following UMHS FFA on Facebook!

UMHS Agriculture Course offerings include:

Agricultural Scienceis 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 Mechanicsteaches 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 Leadershipis 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.

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3 circles overlapping each other. Classroom, FFA, SAE

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:

  • Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)

  • Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)

  • Student leadership organization - National FFA Organization


CA Agriculture Education Website

National Agriculture Education Website

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