Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources


Overview

This Career Cluster® is focused on the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products or resources.

The Employability Skills for Career Readiness Standards must be an integrated component of all CTE course sequences.

Agriculture Business Systems

The Agricultural Business Systems program provides agriculture students with the information and skills necessary for success in agribusiness. Areas of study include agriculture economics, business planning, financial concepts, marketing, sales, careers, and leadership development.

Agriculture Leadership, Communication and Policy

The Agricultural Leadership, Communication, and Policy program provides agriculture students with instruction on leadership and communication skills in the agricultural field. Areas of study include research methodology, verbal and written communication, journalism, mass media, agriculture policy, careers, and leadership development.

Agricultural Mechanics Technology

The Agricultural Mechanics Technology program covers the foundational skills necessary for agriculture mechanics and industry employment. Areas of study include general shop safety, basic welding, electrical applications, water management, agricultural drafting and construction, engines and power, basic hydraulics, machinery maintenance and repair, and leadership development.

Animal Science

The Animal Science program provides students with the principles of the livestock and red meat industry. Areas of study include the basic anatomy and physiology of domestic animals, genetics, reproduction, animal health and welfare, evaluation and selection of animals, land stewardship, marketing, and leadership development.

Biotechnology

The Biotechnology program provides students with the principles of the biotechnology industry. Areas of study include animal and plant science applications, biochemistry, principles of genetic transfer and genetically modified organisms, bio-manufacturing, applications to the food industry, trends in agricultural biotechnology research, and leadership development.

Environmental Management

The Environmental Management program provides agriculture students with the information and skills necessary for success in environmental management. Areas of study include ecology, environmental quality, sustainable use, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), energy, hydrology and hydrogeology, law and public policy, environmental site analysis, careers, and leadership development.

Floriculture Design and Management

The Floriculture Design and Management program provides students with the principles of floral design and management. Areas of study include the history of floral design, the use of color, tools and principles of design in floral arrangements, plant identification, care and processing of cut flowers, marketing and sales, recordkeeping, floral business management, and leadership development.

Food Science Technology

The Food Science Technology program provides students with the basic laws of chemistry, microbiology, and physics applied to the production, processing, preservation, and packaging of food. Experimentation will allow students to see how scientific principles are involved in food safety and preparation, handling and storage, food marketing, and leadership development.

Landscape Design and Management

The Landscape Design and Management program provides students with the principles of landscape design and management. Areas of study include safety, design principles and application, plant selection and care, hardscaping, irrigation, integrated pest management, careers, and leadership development.

Natural Resources and Wildlife Management

The Natural Resources and Wildlife Management program provides students with the concepts of natural resources science and management. Areas of study include ecological concepts and scientific principles, rangeland management, fire ecology, Geographical Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS), fish and wild ecology, forestry, renewable and nonrenewable resources, fish and wildlife management, and leadership development.

Ornamental Horticulture/Greenhouse Management

The Ornamental Horticulture/Greenhouse Management program provides students with the principles of plant science, ornamental horticulture, and greenhouse management. Areas of study include plant anatomy and physiology, plant identification, propagation, growing media, nutrition, integrated pest management, plant technologies, growing greenhouse crops, greenhouse business concepts, and leadership development.

Veterinary Science

The Veterinary Science program provides agriculture students with the information and skills necessary for preparation and success in veterinary science. Areas of study include safety and sanitation in the clinical setting, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical math, lab techniques, diseases and disorders, nutrition, clinical procedures, office procedures, ethical and animal welfare issues, careers, and leadership development.