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Agriculture today is much more than farming. It's an advanced and highly technical field. It involves everything from computers to research and education, even satellites to watch the weather.
Whatever your aspirations, enrolling in high school agriculture and FFA gives you valuable hands-on experience. Such involvement helps you develop communications and leadership skills, and even helps you decide which of the many agriculture career options is best for you.
The letters “FFA” stand for Future Farmers of America. These letters are a part of our history and our heritage that will never change. But FFA is not just for students who want to be production farmers; FFA also welcomes members who aspire to careers as teachers, doctors, scientists, business owners and more. For this reason, the name of the organization was updated in 1988 after a vote of national convention delegates to reflect the growing diversity and new opportunities in the industry of agriculture.
Today, the National FFA Organization remains committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of agricultural career pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.Since 1917 with the passage of the Smith-Hughes Act, federal and state legislation has provided leadership for the implementation and improvement of agricultural education programs. The foundation of any successful Agriculture Education Program is based on three inseparable, equal, and interdependent components that include: classroom instruction, FFA leadership activities, and Supervised Occupational Experience Projects.
Ag Mechanics offers young people the basic skills and knowledge to seek entry-level positions in various careers. Many Ag Mechanics students have earned 4-year college degrees, including Russ Angold, who is a graduate of Cal Poly and working in the engineering field, and Max Kirby, graduated California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo just has been hired as a Field Engineer for PG&E in San Rafael Ca.
Sometimes students are under the impression that they cannot take Ag Mechanics all four years of high school, and still meet the UC admission requirements. If you analyze the following sequence of courses, I believe you will see that young people can achieve both goals.
Do you like to build things? Do you like to make money? Do you like to work with wood and metal?
If so, then you need to be in an Ag Mechanics class!
You will learn about:
- Welding and Metalwork
- Carpentry and Woodwork
- Machine Work
- FFA Activities
- Designing and Building
- Custom and Self-Designed Projects
Agriculture Science courses at Bear River; acquaint students with the six classes of Agriculture Science I, II and II, Environmental Horticulture, Agriculture Biology and Agriculture Communications. The pathway covers the various fields and phases of agriculture. The students are introduced to Agriculture Science in a changing world as well as Biological Science, Plant Science, Animal Science, and ways to create improved plants and animals through technology. The Agriculture Science course also serves as an introductory course to the Biological Sciences.
Agricultural Communications prepares students to understand and communicate specialized agricultural science and information through journalism, advertising, public relations, graphic design and telecommunications. Students are given hands-on opportunities in classes and outside through FFA events to practice key skills and prepare them for a professional career. In addition, Bear River agricultural communication students are given once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to establish a skill-set to translate science, liaise between industry and consumers, and produce communication materials using new media and technology.
Bear River’s Environmental Horticulture classes have the hands on use of a newly outfitted greenhouse and garden area for practicing specific skills learned in the classroom. The class grows a variety of vegetables in both a summer and winter garden as well as flowers, ornamentals and fruits trees.