Alabama Course of Study Objectives

                Fundamentals of Agriculture

Foods and Food Processing

1. Analyze the development of food science from prehistoric to modern times.

2. Evaluate food availability in the United States compared to that of other countries

     and cross examine basic food availability in multiple countries.

3. Explore careers in the food science industry.


Natural Resource Systems/Environmental Management

4. Identify potential hazards in Alabama forests, including topographical hazards,

     stinging insects, venomous spiders and snakes, poisonous plants, hunting, boating

     and recreational vehicle safety.

5. Describe historical events that have influenced natural resources in Alabama

     and the United States.

6. Describe the importance of forestry/natural resources to the economy of the local,

    county, state and nation.

7. Distinguish between game and non-game wildlife species.

8. Explain the importance of conserving natural resources.


Soil Science

9. Identify major soil areas in Alabama.


Plant Science

10. Determine characteristics and functions of plants.



11. Discuss the history of Agriscience Education and its three circle model.

12. Identify characteristics of a SAE program, including manageability,

       record-keeping, availability of facilities, and financing.

13. Demonstrate communication skills through career development events (CDEs),

       Including prepared public speaking, extemporaneous speaking, creed speaking,

       and parliamentary procedure.

14. Determine factors in developing an effective career plan, including procedures

       for obtaining employment.

15. Explore new technology in the agriculture industry and related skills found in    



Animal Science

16. Identify prominent livestock breeds.

17. Compare breeding systems.

18. Evaluate and rank animals within a group based on established criteria.

19. Demonstrate an understanding of livestock marketing.

20. Describe proper waste management /pollution prevention procedures.

21. Analyze biotechnology and the history of its development.

22. Understand the benefits and concerns in biotechnology.

23. Identify steps in biotechnology safety management.


Power Structural and Technical Systems

24. Identify causes and results of accidents in the construction trades.

25. Interpret mathematical applications related to the construction trades.

26. Identify tool and equipment safety procedures in woodworking, welding,

      electrical, small engine repair, plumbing, and masonry operations.

27. Identify tool and equipment safety procedures in woodworking, welding, electrical,   

      small engine repair, plumbing, and masonry operations.

28. Demonstrate the mechanical drawing process used in designing structures.

29. Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate laboratory safety rules and


                 Intermediate Agriculture

Agribusiness Systems

1. Identify career and entrepreneurship opportunities in the field of agribusiness.

2. Explain the responsibilities of business ownership.

3. Define the characteristics of an effective entrepreneur.

4. Compare the types of business ownerships. (sole proprietorship, franchise, partnership,

     limited liability corporation {LLC}, corporation).

5. Discuss roles and functions of management, major components of the free enterprise

     system, law of supply and demand and characteristics of organizational structures of


6. Discuss depreciating capital, types of accounting systems and sources and procedures

     for obtaining agribusiness loans.

7. Develop marketing strategies of entrepreneurial services and products.


Foods and Food Processing

8. Explain the percentage of each food dollar that is spent on marketing.


Natural Resources and Environmental Management

9. Identify employment opportunities in the natural resources career areas.

10. Identify potential safety hazards in Alabama forests.

11. Evaluate the safe use of a chainsaw.

12. Interpret map characteristics and features.

13. Explain basic forest management practices utilizing the Forestry FFA CDE booklet.


Plant Systems

14. Evaluate safety practices used in plant systems.

15. Explain basic concepts of agronomy utilizing the FFA Land CDE booklet.

16. Identify the requirements needed to conduct a successful vegetable production


17. Identify turf and landscape plants by common name.

18. Explore greenhouse/nursery management techniques.

19. Developing an understanding the installation and maintenance of an irrigation system.



20. Describe the career paths one might follow in the electrical trades.

21. Explain, describe, and demonstrate the use of safety equipment, protective clothing,

       and procedures applicable to agriculture in the electrical trade.

22. Analyze components needed for wiring a structure.

23. Identify sources of electrical energy.

24. Demonstrate techniques for making electrical splices and connections for a single-pole 

       switch with light, three-way switch with light, and a duplex receptacle.



25. Design water supply and sewage drainage systems for a structure.

26. Discuss the safe practices used in the plumbing trade.

27. Identify tools used in plumbing.

28. Describing the safety requirements for using power and hand tools common to the

       plumbing trade.

29. Explain the selection of specific types of pipe used in plumbing.

                       Advanced Agriculture

Agribusiness Systems

1. Describe the law of supply and demand as related to the agricultural industry.

2. Describe various techniques for measuring the performance of an agribusiness.

3. Identify sources for obtaining agribusiness loans.

4. Explain the impact of government policies and regulations on agribusiness management


5. Demonstrate parliamentary procedure in agribusiness meetings utilizing the FFA

    Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event Contest Booklet.


Foods and Food Processing

6. Describe FFA opportunities available to students with an interest in food science



Animal Science

7. Describe safety procedures for handling livestock.

8. Explain benefits of livestock production to society.

9. Describe safety procedures for handling livestock.

10. Identify major body parts of cattle, swine, sheep, equine, and poultry.


Animal Biotechnology

11. Describe the importance of animal biotechnology to humans, including medical,    

      environmental, and product advancements.

12. Describe heterogeneity as an important strategy in maintaining health and productivity

      in animal populations.


Animal Rights Verses Animal Welfare

13. Differentiate animal rights from animal welfare.


Disease and Parasite Control

14. Evaluate methods of disease prevention in livestock.


Veterinary Science

15. Identify methods of disease prevention in animals.


Poultry Science

16. Demonstrate the safe handling of chemicals and drugs used in poultry production.

17. Identify various breeds of poultry, including chickens, ducks, geese, quail, and turkeys. 

18. Describe factors to be considered in the design of energy-saving housing for poultry,  

      Including ventilation and lighting.



19. Describe career opportunities associated with construction finishing.

20. Identify various types of building materials.

21. Recognize the uses of basic woodworking tools and materials.

22. Compare advantages of concrete flooring systems and wood flooring systems by

       designing a floor framing system for a structure.

23. Design a wall framing system for a structure.

24. Design a ceiling framing system for a structure.

Important Dates


Friday, October 8


School Closed

*End of 1st Nine Weeks


Monday - Tuesday

October 10 - 11, 2021


School Closed


Friday, October 15

St. Clair CDE

St. Clair County Arena


Friday, October 29

Zoo Field Trip




1st Semester $30

2nd Semester $30


*May be paid all at once or seperate.


*All Shop Fees

can be paid through

Field Trip Form - CDE       Parent Release

Field Trip Form County CDE.docx
Microsoft Word document [21.7 KB]

Field Trip Form-CDE          Teacher Release

Fieldtrip Permission Form-Teacher.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [188.3 KB]

   Tractor/UTV Consent

Tractor Release.docx
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