(This excerpt is from the February Roland-Story Newsletter and compliments National FFA Week, which is occurring this week, Feb. 15-22. It provides an overview of the current R-S Ag curriculum and coursework, as explained by R-S Ag teacher Brad Taylor.)

—by Brad Taylor, Agriculture Education instructor

We are now well into our new semester with our various class offerings. This spring, our Agriculture Education classes consist of: Agricultural Shop, Food Science, Horticulture, Introduction to Veterinary Medicine, and Agricultural Business Management.

The students in the Agriculture Shop class are focusing their attentions on making various woodworking projects. This year we are offering 1 section of the class with 15 students in it. A major emphasis in this class deals with safety in the shop setting. Some of the projects include: children’s size Adirondack chairs, reading benches, children’s sized picnic tables and outdoor signs. If you are interested in purchasing any of the children sized projects or a reading bench, contact Brad Taylor at the high school (733-4320 or email at btaylor@roland-story.k12.ia.us) for information.

Food Science students have learned about the food chemistry, basics of food preparation, and nutrition and digestion and will be learning more about the concepts of food research and development. They will be dealing with multiple tasks throughout the semester referred to as ‘food challenges’ in which our focus is on product development.

In our horticulture class, the 45 students have studied how math is utilized in this field as well as learning about basics of the plant systems. Currently students are learning about the nomenclature of plants as well as plant systems. This class is offered for a science credit.

In the Introduction to Veterinary Medicine class, the students focus this semester is on learning about veterinary care of animals. The 23 students have learned about animal cells, tissues, circulatory systems and renal system. Future units deal with the skeletal system, nervous system and reproductive system.

The students in the Agriculture Business Management class are learning about sales and job interviewing. Future units of study include learning about the various types of agri-businesses as well as agricultural financing. This class is offered as a joint enrollment class through DMACC.

Our FFA chapter will be competing in sub-district FFA contests at Parkersburg on February 20th. We also worked in cooperation with the FCCLA to co-sponsor our annual Sweetheart Ball Dance. Upcoming events include this week’s National FFA week (see the sponsored FFA Week page found in this week’s Herald) and District meetings for State Degree Evaluations.

For further information over the Roland-Story Agriculture Program you can refer to our web site at: www.rsffa.org