Hart Career Center
Agriculture Science

Classes in Agriculture Science are held in our new Ag building!

Ag Science students participate in FFA. After high school students can join Mexico Young Farmers (Ted DeVault, advisor).

The opportunities for students completing the Agriculture Science program are limitless. Our graduates have gone on to four-year universities to study Agriculture and some have started right in with production agriculture.

The Agriculture courses we offer have a large span of interests and career opportunities. With a college degree students could become Ag teachers, Ag journalists, Food Scientists, Veterinarians, Farm Managers, Conservation Agents, Turf Managers, USDA employees... the list goes on and on.

Our students who go straight into production Ag have careers like farming, truck driving, owning their business, chemical applicators, feed store clerks... and the list again goes on and on!

Courses
Agriculture Science I (C1003)
Credit(s): 1 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Note: Class is FFA Eligible and FFA Trap Shooting Team Eligible
Want to learn about animals? Agriculture Science 1 is an introductory course about animal science. We hatch chicks in the poultry unit and we study about cows, pigs, sheep/goats, and horses. Smaller units include shop, leadership, and record keeping. Be ready for hands on projects and group work.
Agriculture Science II (C1012)
Credit(s): 1 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Agricultural Science I
Note: Class is FFA Eligible and FFA Trap Shooting Team Eligible
This class is the second step among Ag students who wish to take upper level courses at the Mexico Agriculture department. Students will have opportunities to study many areas briefly before taking upper level courses as a junior and senior. These courses are Woodworking, including a small project, Welding, including a small project, Conservation, Soils, Plant Science, and Food Science. Along with these hands on units, students are able to prepare for advancement in the FFA and gain important career skills through units in Leadership, Career and Personal Development, SAE, and Resume Building. Students enrolled in Ag Science II are encouraged to join FFA but not required.
Ag Structures (C1021)
Credit(s): 0.5 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None although Ag Science II is preferred.
Note: This class will be offered 1st semester. Class is FFA Eligible, FFA Trap Shooting Team Eligible
Ag Structures is an introductory look at construction with an agricultural twist. This course will be primarily hands on projects within the shop. Students should be prepared to learn skills in concrete, woodworking, blueprint design, construction, wiring, roofing, and other units pertaining to basic construction. Students will construct projects to test their skills as we move through the units. This course requires the use of power and hand tools. Students should be prepared to work in the shop the majority of the classroom time. For those students interested in a career working with your hands, this course is a necessary step in the Ag Construction career pathway. Students in Ag Structures are encouraged to join FFA but not required.
Landscaping (C1095)
Credit(s): .5 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None but Ag Science II is preferred
Note: This class will be offered 2nd semester. Class is FFA Eligible and FFA Trap Shooting Team Eligible
Landscaping is an upper level class for those interested in the field of landscaping, golf course management, lawn care, sports facility operator and many other horticultural fields. This course will provide an in depth look from a career perspective of these fields. Units will range from designing a landscape to installation. Other units that will be covered are golf course management, turf grass management, interiorscaping, sports field care, plant selection, as well as career skills such as creating a bill of sale, preparing an estimate, and many hands on opportunities to experience the ins and outs of this field.
Agricultural Construction (Welding Emphasis) (C1026)
Credit(s): 1 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Note: Class is FFA Eligible and FFA Trap Shooting Team Eligible
This class alternates with Ag Construction I as an introductory course into the Ag Construction Career Pathway. Those students interested in gaining skills and insight into the field of welding and construction will enjoy working with your hands as you move through these units. This course is established as an introduction to stick welding, MIG welding, and small metal projects. Students will gain the skills necessary to move into upper level construction and welding courses and hit the ground running. During this year long course students will spend time working on welding, concrete and plumbing, electricity, and repair and maintenance. Along with their required welds students will build a variety of introductory projects as time allows. This class will work as a funnel into both Ag Construction II and Industrial welding but is primarily geared to those students who need the skills of welding and metal fabrication without the intention of attending a post-secondary welding school.
Agricultural Construction II (C1028)
Credit(s): 1 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None but Ag Science II is preferred
Note: Class is FFA Eligible, FFA Trap Shooting Team Eligible
Ag Construction II is a shop class through an agricultural perspective for juniors and seniors interested in a career working with your hands. Students will begin the year learning how to construct blueprints, build materials lists, construction of a bill of sale, and figuring profit of a project. These units will jump start your year into woodworking, welding, oxy acetylene, plumbing, and project fabrication. Once intro projects are completed in woodworking and welding, students are encouraged to bring in their own projects to build. These projects can be wood or metal and can range from birdhouses to deer stands and up to trailers. Students are encouraged but not required to build a self-funded project as their will be projects from the community that will also be available. Majority of class time will be spent within the Ag Shop so students should be prepared to work with saws, welders, torches, and other power tools.
Wildlife and Conservation (C1071)
Credit(s): 1.0 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None although Ag Science I is preferred
Note: Class is FFA Eligible, FFA Trap Shooting Team Eligible
This course gives an in depth look at the careers of conservation, outdoor recreation, wildlife management, and fishery management. If you have interests in careers or hobbies within these fields you will gain skills and knowledge to better yourself. Units include: outdoor recreation such as shooting range management, archery range management, food plot planning and installation, wildlife management, conservation careers, fishery operation and management, and more. This year long course is a hands-on opportunity to expand your knowledge of wildlife and job opportunities in outdoor activities.
Animal Science (C1015)
Credit(s): 1 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Ag Science I & II
Animal Science is project-based course that allows students to learn more about animal nutrition, genetics, reproduction, and animal health. This course goes beyond what is learned at the Agriculture Science I level and focuses more on production animal agriculture. Each student is highly encouraged to join the Mexico FFA Chapter. Record books are expected to be completed while in this course.
Agribusiness Management and Economics (C1057)
Credit(s): 0.5 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None but Ag Science I & II preferred
Note: This course will be offered 1st semester. Enrollment in this class allows students to be in FFA and on the Trap Team.
Thinking about owning a business/farm some day? Agriculture Management and Economics is a semester class that looks at basic economic principles and business management skills. Students will be interacting with community members to gain the skills needed to manage an agriculture business. There is a capstone project for this class where students go step by step through planning an agriculture business.
Agriculture Sales & Marketing (C1059)
Credit(s): 0.5 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None but Ag Science I & II preferred
Note: This course will be offered 2nd semester. Enrollment in this class allows students to be in FFA and on the Trap Team.
The Sales and Marketing semester course allows students to 1) improve their employability skills 2) learn how to correctly set up a sale. Everyone will be selling themselves for jobs in the present or future. This class will be working with the Greenhouse class to market the products raised in the greenhouse. Agriculture Sales class is a project-based course that allows students to think outside the box and use skills they may not use in traditional classes.
Greenhouse (C1052)
Credit(s): 1 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None but Ag Science I and II preferred
Note: Enrollment in this class allows students to be in FFA and on the Trap Team.
Students enrolled in the Greenhouse course will be exposed to hands-on learning in the school’s greenhouse. Greenhouse covers content from basic plant anatomy, pests and diseases, to growing live plants and much more. Students will work with the marketing class to sell the crops produced in our greenhouse. Greenhouse is a project-based course. Each student is highly encouraged to join the Mexico FFA Chapter. Record Books are expected to be completed while in this course.
Ag Communications (C1006)
Credit(s): 1.0 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None but Agriculture Science 1 is preferred.
Note: Enrollment in this class allows students to be in FFA and on the Trap Team.
Are you creative? Like to talk? How about taking a class that lets you express your creativity through communication both oral and written. Ag Leadership is a course designed to help shape you into a better communicator and to improve your leadership skills.
Ag Power (C1024)
Credit(s): 1.0 Credit Type: Practical Art
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Note: Enrollment in this class allows students to be in FFA and on the Trap Team.
Like working with small motors? Want to learn how to work on your own small motors? We will learn about tools and fasteners as well as the parts of the motor. This course involves shop time with real motors looking at all of the systems within the motor and how to troubleshoot problems. This will include an introduction to diesel mechanics.
Faculty

Kendra Allen grew up in Thompson, MO. She graduated from Centralia High School then the University of Missouri-Columbia with a major in Ag Education with an Ag Econ minor. While in college, she was active in the Block and Bridle Organization, serving as an officer twice. After college, she taught junior high science in a rural district, then moved back home to concentrate on the family farm. She has worked for Audrain County Soils and Water District assisting landowners with erosion control programs. Her hobbies include working on the family farm and raising miniature donkeys. She enjoys her job as Agriculture Science teacher at Mexico and loves getting to know her students not only through the classroom but through their SAE projects and the Career and Leadership Development Events.