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Agriculture Academy

The Agriculture Academy gives you the chance to explore careers in the agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources fields while earning college credit before you graduate from high school! This academy will give you hands-on experience with and introductory knowledge of crops/agronomy, horticulture, livestock production, and environmental conservation.

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Agricultural and food science technician
  • Agricultural equipment operator
  • Agricultural inspector
  • Animal breeder
  • Farm products buyer and purchasing agent
  • Farmworker
  • Forest and conservation technician
  • Grounds maintenance worker
  • Nursery and greenhouse farmworker
  • Precision agriculture technician
  • Supervisor of farming, fishing, forestry, landscaping, lawn service, or grounds keeping workers
  • Vegetation pesticide handler, sprayer, and applicator
  • Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretaker

Starting wages for these careers range from $18,300-$38,600* per year.
*Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Program Costs

  • Your school district pays for your courses and provides the textbooks.
  • You are responsible for transportation costs to the course location.
  • You are responsible for any field trips and activities out of the classroom.

Who can participate?

  • Any 9th–12th grade student who meets the requirements.
  • Students who are able to travel to the course locations.

What can you do after you graduate from high school?

As a part of the Agriculture Academy you may receive up to 24 credits (approximately a $4,000 value) toward your college degree**.

You can continue your education at Hawkeye in programs such as:

**Some courses do not apply to all program degrees.

Where are the courses located?

Agriculture Academy courses are located at your high school and the Western Outreach Center.

Course locations may vary; contact your guidance counselor for availability.

Agriculture Academy Courses

◆ General education course
▣ Non-transfer general education course
► Course has a prerequisite and/or corequisite.

Course Descriptions: Show All | Hide All

Semester 1—Fall (11th grade)
AGA-114 Principles of Agronomy 3
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Credits 24

Semester 2—Spring (11th grade)
AGS-113 Survey of the Animal Industry 3
ENG-105 Composition I 3
Total Credits 6

Semester 3—Fall (12th grade)
AGH-221 Principles of Horticulture 3
MAT-772 Applied Math 3
Total Credits 6

Semester 4—Spring (12th grade)
CNS-121 Environmental Conservation 3
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication 3
Total Credits 6

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