The curriculum in this program offers a science-based foundation with practical hands-on application to acquire many basic skills associated with agriculture. It covers everything from landscape and plant identification to animal care and breeding. There is a balance of working outdoors and inside the classroom. Student leadership is developed through teamwork and FFA club activities, including awards and competitions.
First-year students learn about animals, natural resources, plant identification, soils, and other sciences. Second-year students enjoy the benefit of enhancing the skills learned and developing education in a more specific interest in either plant or animal science.
Students studying Plant Science will raise production greenhouse plants for the spring plant sale and create dynamic floral pieces. They also can compete at the Michigan Floral Conference and receive a student certification.
Students studying Animal Science will learn to raise market-ready livestock. All students have the opportunity to raise and compete with livestock at MSU and Jackson County Fair competitions through this class.
The class may travel to local farms, businesses and related industries. Veterinarians and agriculture industry professionals often speak in class to students about the jobs and college programs that can put them on a path toward a viable career. Successful students are self-motivated, enjoy working outside & getting dirty, and like working with plants and animals. The class requires reading, math and research skills, and is centered around FFA club activities.
- A desire to learn about and work with living things
- Willingness to work outdoors in a variety of conditions
- Effective communication skills, and a desire to strengthen and build upon leadership abilities
- Ability to work well independently and as a team
To learn more about our 9th & 10th grade after school Agriscience program, call 517-768-5102.