Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Keeping Pace with 21st Century Agriculture

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Keeping Pace with 21st Century Agriculture

Article excerpt

To maintain a quality Agriculture Education program, we must keep pace with changes in agriculture and subsequent changes in our students. As agricultural jobs have changed from production to those centering on service, we in agricultural education must develop a curriculum that keeps pace with those changes. We must not allow ourselves to fall into the trap of "that's what I needed when I graduated".

No longer are the majority of our students going back to the farm or seeking careers in other production driven jobs. Today's vast majority of 21st century agriculture students are looking for exciting careers in the service sector of America's largest industry (agriculture). We in agriculture education must develop a curriculum that both reflects industry's needs and attracts students to fill those needs.

Changes in curriculum do not come about easily or without considerable consternation. As difficult as they are they are, changes are crucial to our survival and even more crucial to meeting the needs of our students. At our Walla Walla High School, we met the challenge of declining enrollment by modernizing our curriculum. With the assistance of a quality advisory board, we have changed our curriculum to meet the needs of our community and students. Rather than to teach basic crop and animal science classes, we now offer turf management and veterinary science classes. When restoring our FFA barn we designed it to simulate a veterinary clinic, rather than a just a production facility. We still have lambing pens in the barn, but the main focus of the remodeling was. to give the students the impression they were walking into a veterinary clinic complete with a small animal examination table, small animal wash area, surplus sterile cabinets from our local hospital, sanitary floors, clean white walls, bright examination style lights, and student lockers. …

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