The Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Cluster includes the production, processing, marketing, financing, distribution, and development of agricultural commodities and resources. These commodities include food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products and/or resources.
Agricultural Education is comprised of three distinct, yet interrelated components. First, students will participate in classroom and laboratory experiences. In the classroom, students learn concepts and theories dealing with a broad spectrum of agricultural and agribusiness topics. Drawing upon classroom concepts, students participate in the laboratory experience. During this time, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on knowledge of concepts through direct application in real-world scenarios.
The classroom and laboratory experience culminate in the form of the Supervised Agricultural Experience Program (SAE). This component requires students to carry out an approved agricultural project. These projects can vary from traditional home projects to entrepreneurship to cooperative work experience in production or agribusiness.
The last component is the Future Farmer's of America (FFA) student organization. FFA serves to elaborate on classroom and laboratory concepts and foster leadership skills. As an integral, intracurricular component of the agricultural education program, FFA provides extensive opportunities for student incentives.