Agricultural Education

Mr. Courson's Agriscience Foundations Class News

FFA Membership

FFA is a dynamic youth organization that changes lives and prepares members for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


FFA develops members’ potential and helps them discover their talent through hands-on experiences, which give members the tools to achieve real-world success.

Members are future chemists, veterinarians, government officials, entrepreneurs, bankers, international business leaders, teachers and premier professionals in many career fields.


  • Be a part of the largest student organization in the world.
  • Apply for more than $2 million in scholarships.
  • Meet new friends from across the country.
  • Learn skills that will help you in your future career.
  • Compete on leadership and judging teams.
  • Do your part in helping to provide food and fiber to the world.


All students should become members of the FFA. To become an FFA Member please bring $30.00 to Mr. Courson.

We Are the Future of Agriculture - FFA

Course Outlook

MEETING HUMAN NEEDS - Completed
This unit provides the setting for learning about agriscience and technology.
Objectives:
  1. Explain the three basic human needs.
  2. Discuss major events in the history of agriculture.
  3. List and describe the three major areas of the agricultural industry.
  4. Assess the role of consumers.
  5. Contrast world agricultural practices.
Labs:
  1. Cereal Box Psychology - students evaluated the American Food Supply related to commercialization of the food supply. Students evaluated the role of the American Farmer role in the US and Global Food Supply.
  2. Iron in Cereal - students blended cereal and extracted the heavy medals from the cereal within the classroom. Students discussed and completed lab report of the significance of nutrition for all humans.


USING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - In progress

This unit provides basic information about agriscience.
Objectives:
  1. Explain agriscience and technology.
  2. Relate agriscience and technology to four areas of science.
  3. List and explain common areas of agriscience.
  4. Explain the scientific method and its use in research.
  5. Identify examples of emerging technology in agriculture.

Labs:

  1. Mentos and Diet Coke - created a research idea to compare physical and chemical reactions. The eruption is caused by a physical reaction. Students formed a hypothesis before the experiment.
  2. Elephants Toothpaste - students completed an experiment to demonstrate a chemical reaction. This reaction showed the catalyzed decomposition of hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) decomposes into water and oxygen gas, but normally the reaction is too slow to be easily perceived or measured: 2H2O2 → 2H2O(l) + O. The reaction is exothermic; the foam produced is hot.


LEARNING IN AGRISCIENCE - In progress

This unit provides information on leadership within the agriscience industry.

Objectives:

  1. Explain agricultural education and the three integral components.
  2. Explain the meaning and benefits of supervised experience.
  3. Distinguish between the types of supervised agricultural experiences.
  4. Describe how to plan and manage supervised agricultural experiences.
  5. Trace the history of FFA.
  6. Identify keys in having a successful local FFA Chapter.
  7. Name and explain awards and events in the FFA.

Labs:

  1. Leadership Workshop "Building and Good Foundation" - students collaborated to identify keys to building a good foundation and teamwork. Students used spaghetti and marshmallows to build the tallest structure possible, while collaborating and working as a team.
  2. Leadership Workshop "The World Around" - students will highlight global and national issues. Students will collaborate to overcome some of the biggest issues facing U.S. Agriculture.

What is Agricultural Education

Agricultural education teaches students about agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology.

Agricultural education is delivered through three interconnected components:


  • Classroom or laboratory instruction.


  • Experiential learning — Learning experiences that usually take place outside of the classroom, supervised by the agriculture instructor.


  • Leadership education — delivered through the National FFA Organization.


Agricultural Education uses a three-circle model of instruction. These are classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and experiential learning. The successful integration of each of these three components results in a strong program that produces well rounded individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business, and industry.


Agricultural education first became a part of the public education system in 1917 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. Today, over 800,000 students participate in formal agricultural education instructional programs offered in grades seven through adult throughout the 50 states and three U. S. territories.

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Who is Mr. Courson?

I am one of the four Agricultural Educator/FFA Advisors at J.M. Tate High School in Cantonment, Florida.


I grew up on a family farming operation in Pensacola, raising hay, quarter horses, livestock and timber. Still today, I work in and around the family farming operation. I continue to have a passion for agriculture which started at a very young age.


In middle and high school, I joined the National FFA Organization. I served as a chapter officer throughout middle and high school, and served as a District FFA Officer for 3 years. I served as the 2009-2010 Florida FFA State Secretary. I was the in the final 12 for public speaking for 3 years and won the State Proficiency Area for Forage Production. After high school graducation, I have continued as a facilitator of the New Century Farmer program for 5 years which is in Des Moines, Iowa. It has given me the opportunity to network and communicate with industry professionals to gain cutting edge knowledge in the field.


I attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I received a Bachelor of Science in Technical Management and Logistics graduating on 2015.


While working on my college degree, I worked as an assistant within the Agricultural Education programs within Escambia County School District starting in 2010. Also, I worked for US Airways as a Customer Service Agent.

J. M. Tate High School

At Tate High School Attitude Matters
Expectations of Leadership Qualities

Honesty/Integrity-Humility -Loyalty -Persistence-Passion

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