The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Cluster includes the production, processing, marketing, financing, distribution, and devleopment of agricultural commodities and resources. These commodities include food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products and/or resources.
Agricultural Education is comprised of three distinct, yet interrelated components. First, students will participate in classroom and laboratory experiences. In the classroom, students learn concepts and theories dealing with a broad spectrum of agricultural and agribusiness topics. Drawing upon classroom concepts, students participate in the laboratory experience. During this time, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of concepts through direct application in real-world scenarios.
The classroom and laboratory experience culminate in the form of the Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE). This component requires students to carry out an approved agricultural project. These projects cn vary from traditional home projects to entrepreneurship ot cooperative work experience in production or agribusiness.
The last component is the Future Farmer's of America (FFA) student organization. FFA serves to elaborate on classroom and laboratory concepts and foster leadership skills. As an integral, intracurricular component of the agricultural education program, FFA provides extensive opportunities for student incentives.
-Meet Our Instructors-
Mr. Jeff Hawkins, Young Farmer Instructor
Mr. Michael Ferguson, Cedartown Campus
Mr. Chris Jones, Rockmart Campus
Mr. Jordan Atkins, Cedartown Middle School
(Each pathway is a sequence of three courses that must be completed in the order shown on our course guide)
Food Animal Systems
Agriculture Mechanics Systems
Companion Animal Systems
Horticulture and Forest Science
Basic Agriculture Science: This course is designed as the foundational course for all Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Pathways. The course introduces the major areas of scientific agricultural production and research; presents problem solving lessons and introductory skills and knowledge in agricultural science and agri-related technologies. Classroom and laboratory activities are supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities.
Animal Science Technology and Biotechnology: This course is designed to introduce students to the scientific principles that underlie the breeding and husbandry of agricultural animals, and the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products. This course introduces scientific principles applied to the animal industry; covers reproduction, production technology, processing, and distribution of agricultural animal products.
Agricultural Animal Production and Management: The goal of this course is to provide all students instruction in establishing and managing agricultural animal enterprises; includes instruction in selecting, breeding, feeding, caring for and marketing beef and dairy cattle, horses, swine, sheep, and poultry.
Small Animal Care: The goal of this course is designed to provide students with skills and concepts involved with the care and management of companion animals.
Agricultural Mechanics I: This laboratory course is designed to provide students with introductory level experiences in selected major areas of agricultural mechanics technology which may include wood working, agricultural structures, electrical wiring, electric arc welding, oxy/fuel cutting and welding processes, and power equipment operation and maintenance. Learning activities include information, skill development and problem solving.
Agricultural Mechanics II: The goal of this laboratory course is designed to offer students intermediate level experiences in selected major areas of agricultural mechanics technology which may include small engine maintenance and repair, metal fabrication, concrete construction, building construction, plumbing, electrical wiring, maintenance of agricultural machinery, equipment and tractors and soil and water conservation.
Forest Science: This course provides entry-level skills for employment in the forest industry and for further study. The course covers establishing forests by natural and artificial means, maintaining and surveying forests, identifying and protecting trees, practicing silviculture, measuring trees and land, mapping, preparing for timber sales and harvest, employing multiple-use resource management, keeping records, and figuring taxes.
General Horticulture and Plant Science: This course is designed as an introduction for the Horticulture-Plant Science Pathway Program of Study. The course introduces the major concepts of plant and horticulture science.
Wildlife Management: This course introduces students to the principles of wildlife management and conservation and to opportunities for further education and careers in the field of wildlife biology. The course includes instruction in the history of wildlife management, ecological concepts, habitat assessment, habitat management techniques for wildlife, population dynamics, predator-prey relationships, wildlife species biology and identification, human-wildlife conflict resolution, the role of hunting in conservation, game and fish laws and regulations, hunters safety, and the application of scientific principles to managing wildlife habitat and populations.