# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Agriscience Exploration Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Agriscience Exploration (8005/9 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Note: Competencies 31-35 have been added to ensure compliance with federal legislation: National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7, https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ7/PLAW-116publ7.pdf). All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov. Students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success. Instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom/lab instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, and student leadership (FFA).

  1. Identify the role of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) in agricultural education.
  2. Participate in an SAE.

Exploring Leadership Opportunities through FFA

  1. Identify the benefits and responsibilities of FFA membership.
  2. Describe leadership characteristics and opportunities as they relate to agriculture and FFA.
  3. Apply for an FFA degree and/or an agricultural proficiency award.

Becoming Oriented to Agriscience Exploration

  1. Identify class rules, safety precautions, and procedures.
  2. Identify topics associated with agriculture, agriscience, and agribusiness.

Recognizing the Importance of Agriculture/Agriscience

  1. Explain the importance of agriculture to Virginia, the United States, and the world.
  2. Describe the relationship of agriculture to other segments of society.

Conserving Natural Resources

  1. Describe natural resources.
  2. Identify conservation measures.
  3. Identify soil compositions.
  4. Explain factors affecting soil erosion.
  5. Describe soil erosion control measures.
  6. Explore water quality.
  7. Explain human impact on air quality.
  8. Determine the economic importance of forestry.
  9. Explain the basic types, parts, and growth processes of trees.
  10. Identify Virginia forest trees.
  11. Explore forest wildlife.

Exploring Research in Agriculture

  1. Explain the importance of agricultural research.
  2. Identify agricultural research in animal science.
  3. Identify agricultural research in plant science.
  4. Identify research in agricultural engineering technology.

Exploring Plant Science

  1. Determine the economic importance of agricultural and horticultural crops.
  2. Describe the life processes of plants.
  3. Explain methods of plant reproduction and transplanting.
  4. Demonstrate proper watering and fertilization of plants.
  5. Identify plants.
  6. Explain the use of hydroponics and aquaponics in growing plants.

Exploring Animal Science

  1. Determine the importance of animals to agriculture.
  2. Explain the importance of animal evaluation.
  3. Identify breeds of animals.
  4. Identify basic practices for the care of animals.
  5. Describe new technologies in animal science.
  6. Describe ethical concerns related to animal welfare.

Developing Agricultural Mechanical Skills

  1. Identify laboratory procedures and policies.
  2. Identify safety practices and procedures.
  3. Interpret simple plans.
  4. Use basic hand tools for woodworking.
  5. Perform woodworking skills.
  6. Use measuring tools.
  7. Use wood fasteners.
  8. Finish and preserve wood.