Agricultural Education prepares students for employment and/or continuing education opportunities in agriculture through technical instruction in the classroom, experiential education through the laboratory and Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAEP), and leadership and personal development through the FFA.
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION PATHWAYS
The Utah Agricultural Education Pathways are based on national skills standards and the national cluster pathways for agricultural education. By taking Agricultural Education courses, students learn to value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems in advancing personal and global well-being.
Agriculture is the nation’s largest employer, generating approximately 20 percent of our nation’s gross national product and 20 percent of our national employment. However, 10 percent of today’s professional jobs in agriculture go unfilled because of a lack of qualified graduates. As the demand increases for agricultural products, so does the demand for qualified individuals.
Due to significant changes to the Agricultural Education Pathways, the 2013-2014 and the 2014-2015 Pathway charts are listed below:
Below are the six Pathways in Agricultural Education (2013-14):
Agricultural Systems Technology
Natural Resource Science
Production/Processing Animal Science
Production/Processing Plant and Soil Science
Below are the five Pathways in Agricultural Education (2014-15):
Agricultural Systems Technology
Food Production and Processing Systems
Natural Resource Systems
Our vision is to see that all students have an appreciation for agriculture and the environment and that Agricultural Education students develop essential career preparation skills through technical and experiential education, as well as personal leadership opportunities.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP ORGANIZATION
FFA is the student leadership organization for Agricultural Education. FFA is an integral and necessary component of the overall program. FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.
In 2013, Utah FFA members were recognized for individual accomplishments. Eighty-two members received the American FFA degree—the highest recognition available to an FFA member—two members were recognized as National Proficiency Award finalists, and 14 students were recognized as national finalists at the Agriscience Fair Competition.
SUPERVISED AGRICULTURAL EXPERIENCE PROGRAM
The SAEP is an integral and necessary component of the overall program. Through this program, students apply in real-life situations the concepts that they learn in the classroom and the laboratory.
CAREER PREPARATION/ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Through the Agricultural Education program, students learn how to become productive employees and gain the academic skills to increase their earning potential while still in high school.
- In 2013, 82 students earned the American FFA Degree. To receive this recognition, students must have earned and invested at least $7,500 in an SAEP. This group reported total earnings of $1.5 million, for an average of $24,722 per student.
- In 2013, 278 students earned the State FFA Degree, requiring that students earn and invest at least $1,000 in an SAEP. This group reported total earnings of $1,948,462, for an average of $7,000 per student.
- In 2013, the combined total earnings for the American and State FFA Degree recipients were $3,450,621. This group of students represents just 3.6 percent of Utah's FFA membership.
- Last year, 4,540 students were awarded a CTE Skill Certificate in Agriculture, indicating a high level of performance.
STATE AND LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS
Circle Four Farms
Dairy Producers of Utah
Gossner Foods, Inc.
Intermountain Farmers Association
Moroni Feed Company
PacifiCorp/Rocky Mountain Power
Producers Livestock Marketing Association
USDA-Farm Services Agency
Utah Beef Council
Utah Dairy Council
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Utah Department of Natural Resources
Utah Farm Bureau Federation
Utah Nursery and Landscape Association
Utah Park Producers
Utah State University
Western Ag Credit