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Agriscience I and II:

Agriscience I and II are the first of five (5) courses in vocational agriculture. The basics of vocational agriculture are taught in these two courses, with introductions into leadership, agriculture mechanics, animal, plant, and soil sciences. Hands on experiences and involvement in as many activities as possible are emphasized at all times. These two courses must be taken in order and are pre-requisites to Vocational Agriculture III and IV.

Horticulture I

This is the first of two courses designed to provide students with an overview of the horticulture industry. Topics for the study include an orientation to the horticulture industry in Louisiana, types of growing media, basic plant science, plant propagation, vegetable production, and fruit production. Scientific, mathematical, economic, and technical principles are reinforced in the course, as are communication and critical thinking skills. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are field trips and activities in the school greenhouse or lab facility. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for proactical application of instructional competencies.

Horticulture II

This course is the second course designed to provide students with an overview of the horticulture industry. Emphasis is placed on information and skills needed to pass the following Louisiana state licensing tests: Horticulture Services, Landscape Contracting, Certified Nursery Professional, and Retail Florist. Students will be prepared to enter fields of the green industry that require permits: Wholesale Nursery, Nursery Stock Dealer, and Cut Flower Dealer. Topics of study include establishing, managing, ad maintaining ornamental and recreational turf, basic greenhouse management, principles of landscape maintenance, pest control, floriculture, and florist design and marketing. Scientific, mathematical, economic, and technical principles are reinforced in this course, as are communication and critical-thinking skills. Work-based learning strategies appropriate for this course are field trips and activities in the school greenhouse or lab facility. Supervised agricultural experience programs and FFA leadership activities are integral components of the course and provide many opportunities for practical application of instructional competencies.