INDEPENDENCE AGRICULTURE EDUCATION PROGRAM
In the fall of 2013, the Independence Ag Program was brought back to the school district after a nearly 50 year absence. Please contact Michael Haden, Ag Education Instructor with any questions about the program or coursework.
Agriculture Education programs is based on the 3-circle model:
Please see our course listing below and link to further descriptions.
- Supervised Agricultural Experience
Each student and FFA member is required to have an SAE. This could be a personal business, a part-time job, a research project or even a job-shadow experience. An SAE helps students to make workplace connections with class curriculum.
The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Click HERE to learn more about the Independence FFA Chapter.
PROGRAM & CURRICULUM
Standards for this curriculum are tied to the National Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Standards. They are also crossed with state standards in the core areas of science and English. The Agricultural Education Program is open to all 9-12 grade students.
Available courses are listed below. You can find a more detailed description as well as suggested prerequisites HERE.
- 7th Grade Exploratory Agriculture
- 8th Grade Exploratory Agriculture
- Introduction to Agriculture
- Animal Science
- Plant Science
- Agricultural Issues & Perceptions
- Agricultural Leadership
- Agriculture Co-Op
As a source of program funding as well as a hands-on learning tool, the agriculture education program manages 27 acres of crop ground just East of the high school. In addition, a garden and greenhouse space makes for a perfect place for students to learn about soil science, agriculture business and apply concepts learned in plant science and horticulture.
The Independence Community School District will offer an Agricultural Education Program starting in 2013. After a 50 year absence, we are excited to bring this program back! Read the official press release announcing the program.
The Agricultural Education Program is somewhat unique in how it is funded. Volunteers and program supporters have made it possible for this program to be self-funded, which means the District is provided funds for operations. Program supporters have built relationships with area farmers and agriculture product suppliers who have already pledged to donate seed, fertilizer, equipment and labor to plant and harvest the crops. Indee Agricultural Education, Inc., a non-profit corporation, farms the District’s 50 acres of land. All revenues are deposited and held by the Mustang Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) entity that supports District initiatives. These revenues are given to the District to help pay for the program.