Sioux Central Agriculture Education - Ag Ed - SAE - FFA
Welcome to the Sioux Central Agriculture Education Program website!
Knowing that the world's population could reach 9 billion by the year 2050, agriculture is working to meet the world's growing food, feed, fiber and fuel needs. The agriculture industry is currently unable to find enough students with this agriculture background to satisfy hiring needs.
Want to know more about what's happening in the Ag Ed Program?
- Follow the #rebelffa conversation
- "Like" Sioux Central FFA on Facebook
- Sign up for weekly email updates and periodic reminder text messages by emailing Mrs. Harwood
- Sign up for calendar notifications from the Sioux Central activities calendar
- Check the Sioux Central Announcements website
INSTRUCTION: Agriculture is the basis of civilization; without a safe and sustainable food supply, society will suffer. Upon this foundation, students attaining passing grades in rigorous agriculture courses will be knowledgeable about production agriculture in Iowa in addition to being prepared in the seven career pathways and leadership experiences. The relationship of Iowa agriculture to US and world agriculture will also prepare students for agricultural opportunities beyond the local community.
We offer ten semesters of agriculture coursework, four of which are offered for college credit (up to 12 college credits). Courses available to Sioux Central students through the agriculture department are as follow:
- Exploratory Ag/Shop (7th grade)
- Exploratory Natural Resources/Shop (8th grade)
- Intro to Ag, Food, and Natural Resources (9th grade)
- Agricultural Science - Animal (10th grade)
- Agriculture Education III (11th and 12 grade)
- Introduction to Agricultural Business (ICCC)
- Principles of Horticulture (ICCC)
- Introduction to Natural Resources (ICCC)
- Principles of Crop Production (ICCC)
- May Term - "Horsin' Around"
- Natural Resources and Ecology - science department
Online Quizzes Blogs Classroom Policies
All Sioux Central Agriculture Education courses are taught by Mrs. Harwood.
FFA: Every student enrolled in an ag course is automatically eligible for membership in the Sioux Central FFA chapter, an agriculture-related leadership organization where students can network to build relationships within the agriculture industry, improve communication and teamwork skills and develop their potential for professional success through serving as a Chapter Officer or contributing to chapter activities as a Program Of Activities Committee member.
Dedicated involvement in FFA can also result in exciting trips, prestigious awards, scholarships and a lot of fun. The Rebel FFA Hall of Fame highlights some of our most outstanding students through the last eleven years.
SAE: The well-rounded ag student also benefits from involvement in year-round Supervised Agricultural Experience programs which lead to career exploration, business management and employment skill development. These projects add relevance to the rigor of the classroom and the relationships formed in FFA. Our record keeping system is online: The Agriculture Experience Tracker.
Students interested in showing livestock at Clay or BV County Fairs or the Iowa State Fair should see the Livestock ID forms page - most forms must be submitted in the spring.
SUPPORT GROUPS: Parents, community members and students are encouraged to join the Rebel FFA Parents & Alumni Affiliate. Industry representatives, parents and others with vested interest in the Ag Ed Program at Sioux Central are asked to serve multiple-year terms on the Buena Vista County Ag Ed Advisory Committee, meeting with Newell-Fonda and Alta agriculture education programs to review course offerings, student competency goals and make recommendations for the program.
Being multi-year and community-based, the Sioux Central agriculture education program offers exploratory courses for all middle school students as well as semester- and year-long courses for high school students. There are three equal and integral parts of the Sioux Central agriculture education program as well as the community support necessary to develop a high-quality agriculture education program.Sioux Central Mission StatementThe Sioux Central Community School will provide opportunities for each student to develop academically, emotionally and socially into a competent and responsible citizen.
Agriculture Education Department Mission Statement
Agricultural education courses will prepare students for careers, build awareness and develop leadership for the food, fiber, energy and natural resource systems.
Students and staff can access Sioux Central email accounts here.