"Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil and you're a thousand miles away from the corn field."
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
Agriculture 11 will allow students to investigate and research the different agricultural industries and products found in both Nova Scotia and around the world. Throughout this course, students will have the opportunity to explore several examples of modern farming techniques as well as examining various marketing tools used by the agricultural industry. This course will look at how agriculture has evolved over the years and where it is going in the future. Growing up and working on a large dairy farm (pictured above) in New Brunswick has allowed me to experience many aspects of agriculture first hand. I hope this background will allow me to teach you about this vital industry and that you find this course informative and interesting. Below are some of the subjects we will be examining:
· Fundamentals of Agriculture/Agrifoods and Health and Safety: In this topic we will build on what you may already know about agriculture. We will examine the significance of agriculture in our day to day lives. Included in this unit is a discussion of health and safety and an examination of the Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act.
· Primary Production Systems: What has happened to agriculture over the past 100 years? This topic will allow us to discover changes in agriculture due to technology, science, and the role of government on the production of agricultural products.
· Support Systems: In this section, we will examine the different marketing tools used by the agricultural and agrifoods industries. How do the get our attention and ensure we continue to purchase their products available to us?
· Foods: We will look at everything from food processing to the selling of food. How do they make food safe? How do I eat healthy foods and avoid unhealthy ones? These questions and more will be examined in this section.
· Final Project: This project will be due at the end of the course. Here you will pick a product or industry and conduct research to compile your project. More information on this project will be discussed later in the year.
This course will consist of reading, answering questions, homework checks, frequent quizzes, tests, projects, essays, and assignments. We will be moving at a fairly fast pace so attendance is a key component to success in this course.
Due dates for assignments will be posted on all assignments and in the classroom, room 313. Missing assignments will be marked as incomplete until they are passed in. It is your responsibility to ensure this work gets finished or you run the risk of receiving an incomplete for the course.