The mission of agriculture education is to prepare and support individuals for careers, build awareness, and develop leadership for the food, fiber, and natural resource systems.
Structure. Agriculture education combines Classroom Instruction, Supervised Agricultural Experience, and the FFA organization through integral instruction. The agriculture education model is supported by both federal and state law. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has recognized standard or TEKS for agriculture science courses.
Classroom Instruction covers agriculture science and advanced sciences, and gives students a practical approach to the theories of science and how they are used in agriculture, the largest science industry in the nation.
Supervised Agricultural Experience is the hands-on, work-based learning part of the model. It allows the students to learn industry skills through an ownership or non-ownership enterprise project that is overseen by their instructor.
The FFA (Future Farmers of America) organization is the training and testing area of agriculture education. FFA evaluates the skills that students learned through agriculture education by using Career Development Events. It also sharpens students’ speaking and leadership skills.