Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Career Cluster focuses on preparing students for employment in careers that relate to the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources, including food, fiber, Instruction in this cluster is delivered through three major components:
- Classroom and Laboratory instruction
- Supervised Agricultural Experience programs
- Student Leadership Organizations
There are six Career Pathways offered through this career cluster which include:
- Agricultural Mechanics Systems
- Agricultural Production Systems
- Animal & Veterinary Science
- Food Science, Dietetics & Nutrition
- Natural Resource Science
- Plant Science
During the next five years, college graduates will find good employment opportunities if they have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. It is projected that almost half of the opportunities will be in management and business. Additional openings are projected in the areas of education, communication, and governmental services.
Future Farmers of America (FFA)
FFA, an Association of Agricultural Students, is an extracurricular opportunity for students enrolled in agricultural education classes. FFA is an integral component of the overall agricultural education 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.
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
FCCLA is the only in-school student organization with the family as its central focus. FCCLA is an extracurricular student organization that functions as an integral part of the Family and Consumer Sciences education curriculum and operates within the school system, and it provides opportunities for active student participation at local, state, and national levels.