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Agriculture - AGR
Agriculture Institute IV
AGR 174

An extension of Ag Institutes I, II, & III this course focuses intensively on renewable energy and the impact on agriculture and the growing energy needs of our society. Lesson plans and implementation within curricula will be discussed. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Agriculture Institute I
AGR 095

Designed for elementary and secondary teachers to provide for an essential background in the agriculture industries and look at newly developing technologies in that field.

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Agriculture Update
AGR 014

Study of current agricultural trends and techniques in the areas of agronomy, agribusiness, animal science, and agricultural mechanization.

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Cert Crop Advisor Test Prep
AGR 019

This course is designed to prepare individuals to take the State and National Written Exams so they may be Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) Certified.

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Outdoor Power Equipment
AGR 039

Provides an understanding of both 2 and 4 cycle engines and drive trains used on outdoor power equipment. The theory of carburetion, ignition, safety, and lubrication systems will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on overhaul and service procedures.

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Agricultural Mathematics
AGR 040

Applications of mathematics as it applies to the operation of grain and livestock farms, agriculture business and agriculture mechanization.

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Supervised Occupational Exp I
AGR 041

On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Supervised Ocupational Exp II
AGR 042

On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Supervised Occupational Experience III
AGR 043

On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Supervised Occupational Experience IV
AGR 044

On the job experience as a full-time employee in selected agriculture occupation. Must be in curriculum that degree is awarded. (Repeatable 3 Times)

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Introduction to Agricultural Occupations
AGR 046

An introduction to the vast, complex business of agriculture, ways of doing business, guides for success of a person in the agricultural business of farm machinery technology, and familiarizes the student with the preparation for agricultural production, business, and mechanics jobs.

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OSHA/Ag Mach Safety
AGR 049

Provides an intensified study into agricultural machinery safety. Focuses on why agriculture machinery accidents happen, how they can be prevented, and how to create a safe working environment. Visual aids are utilized to display effect.

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Soils
AGR 050

Planned learning activities and experiences designed to cover soil development, functions of soil minerals, soil types, and their class. A major study of soil types in Illinois and Indiana and their conservation practices are included.

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Soil Fertility
AGR 051

Enables those involved with soils and crops to make intelligent and efficient use of fertilizer materials available.


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Principles of Crop Production
AGR 052

Designed to develop needed skills involved in production of the major field crops in central Illinois and Indiana. Plant growth, crop choice, tillage, planting and sowing for maximum yields are emphasized.

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Integrated Pest Management
AGR 053

Designed to develop a working knowledge of agricultural chemicals as they are related to herbicides and insecticides. Students should have a working knowledge of calibration and maintenance of agricultural chemical equipment. Identification of major weed species in this area and their control is emphasized.

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Crop Harvesting/Drying/Storage
AGR 054

Fundamentals of harvesting, drying, and storage. Opportunities of various systems are explored through visitations at different sites and systems.

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Animal Husbandry
AGR 060

Prepares students with a basic understanding of livestock care, production and management from selection through breeding and marketing of beef and dairy cattle, swine and sheep. Emphasis is placed on confinement plans and new trends.

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Livestock Evaluation
AGR 061

Detailed study of beef cattle, dairy cattle, swine, sheep, and horse selection. This laboratory oriented course allows students to appraise livestock, viewing positive and negative selection points, and pays particular attention to judging.

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Advanced Livestock Evaluation
AGR 062

Provides an advanced study of beef, swine, and sheep selection. Both live animal and performance record analysis will be incorporated utilizing a combination of visual and genetic potential appraisal. Special emphasis will be placed on oral reasons.


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Animal Nutrition
AGR 063

Covers fundamental principles of livestock nutrition with an understanding of the mono-gastric and ruminant digestive system, essential nutrients, feed ingredients and additives, and balancing of rations. Private and commercial feed sales implications are included.

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Beef/Dairy Production Skills
AGR 064

Prepares students with the necessary skills required in modern cattle production, the different methods and tools used to perform these skills and a close inspection of handling facilities.

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A.I. Management-Cattle
AGR 065

Provides a basic understanding of reproductive physiology and trains individuals to artificially inseminate beef or dairy cattle. Explains and gives hands-on experience in actual insemination producers.

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Meat Science
AGR 066

Provides a basic understanding of meat classification and grading. Emphasis is placed on the live evaluation of beef, pork, and lamb. Following harvest the carcasses will be evaluated for consumer acceptability.

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Swine Production Skills
AGR 070

Prepares students with the necessary skills required in modern swine production, the different methods and tools used to perform these skills, understanding herd health, and looking at and making swine environmental decisions.

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Swine Reproduction and A.I.
AGR 071

Trains individuals to understand reproductive physiology, semen collection and artificial insemination.

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Ignition & Electrical Systems
AGR 080

Designed to develop a working knowledge of the concepts and components of farm power and machinery electrical systems. Discusses basic electrical principles of electromagnetism and use of electrical test meters including the repair of ignition and charging systems.

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Adjusting New and Used Mach
AGR 086

Designed to teach the basic fundamentals of the operating principles and adjustments of combines and bailers.

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Ag Trans & Power Trains
AGR 088

Covers standard and automatic transmissions, their gears and gear ratios, application and use, service requirements, and adjustments in farm power equipment and machinery units.


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Tractor Overhaul
AGR 089

Designed to develop students' skills necessary to successfully overhaul a gas, liquid propane, or diesel farm equipment engine. Students will be able to accomplish disassembly and assembly procedures, measure parts for wear, engine overhaul, and tune-up and break-in procedures.


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Principles of Agri Mechanics
AGR 090

Covers the fundamentals of basic preventive maintenance for tractors and familiarizes the student with setting and adjusting sprayers, tillage equipment, planters, and combines.

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Hydraulics
AGR 091

Covers theory and principles involved in hydraulics and their application to the mechanization and maintenance of farm power machinery.

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Advanced Hydraulics
AGR 092

Provides an in-depth study of hydraulics and its functions in mechanization. This course looks specifically at John Deere, Case-IH, Deutz-Allis, and Ford systems. Emphasis will be placed on theory of operation, diagnosis, and repair of machinery manufacturers' equipment.


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Ag Machinery Air Conditioning
AGR 094

Focuses on the theory of air conditioning, diagnosis of problems, and the safe handling of air conditioning material. Extensive hands-on is provided for diagnosis, service procedures, and agricultural air conditioning component repair. Equipment that will be covered will be two and four-wheel drive tractors, combines, and fertilizer applicator trucks.

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Agriculture Institute II
AGR 096

An extension of Ag Institute I, it is once again designed for elementary and secondary teachers. This course focuses intensively on the impact of agriculture industries and new technologies on society. Lesson plans and methods for delivering information will be discussed.


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Intro to Agriculture Software
AGR 111

Use of computers in farm and agri-business management with emphasis on commercially available software for accounting, budgeting, record keeping and market analysis.

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Computer Applic/Agriculture
AGR 112

Covers the effective use of keyboard, manipulating agriculture files, using word processors, spreadsheets, database and presentation software, and discovering available agriculture software for accounting, budgeting, record keeping, and market analysis.

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Agriculture Economics
AGR 120

An introduction to basic economic concepts of the agricultural sector with emphasis on costs, revenue, price determination, supply and demand, and farm policy.

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Farm Business Records
AGR 121

An introduction into basic farm record keeping. Prepares students to compile records associated with specific farm enterprises. Record analysis is emphasized for farm efficiency measures.

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Farm Management
AGR 122

Economics principles applied directly to the organization and operation of midwest farms are discussed. Management effectiveness in cropping and livestock systems and resource utilization for maximum profit are stressed.


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Marketing of Ag Products
AGR 123

An introductory course covering farm marketing strategies, futures markets, cash markets for livestock and grain, and general problems in pricing major agricultural commodities.

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Farm Credit and Finance
AGR 124

An introduction to financing statements, capital and credit needs of farmers, sources of credit, and problems of borrowers and lenders.

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Agriculture Business Financing
AGR 131

Covers the use, sources, and methods of obtaining credit as it applies to farming and the farm supply business.

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Retailing/Agri Supplies
AGR 132

Covers the practical application of retailing as it affects farm business supplies by divisions merchandising, sales, promotion, personnel control and operation.

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Agriculture Salesmanship
AGR 133

Covers the basic principles underlying the sales process in agricultural farm supply and practical application and development of sales techniques. Basic to the course is an understanding of the salesperson's obligation to self, his or her company, and his or her customer.

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Business Analysis/Records
AGR 134

An analytical approach to financial statements and records of agricultural business, implications and decisions made on the basis of these records.

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GPS/Applications in Ag
AGR 151

This class is designed to provide students the opportunity to become familiar with global positioning systems as they relate to agriculture and develop a working knowledge of variable rate systems.

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Intensive Crop Scouting
AGR 152

Scouting skills are taught with emphasis on insects and plant diseases. Life cycles, prevention and control measures are discussed.

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Ag Custom Applications
AGR 153

Designed to familiarize students with custom application equipment. Emphasis is placed on regulations, procedures, safety, environment, and professional conduct.

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CDL Training
AGR 154

This class will prepare students to take the CDL drivers license exam. Rules and regulations including the performing of safety checks will be covered.

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Intro/Agriculture Education
AGR 201

A general introduction into the various aspects and natures of the teaching profession. Opportunities and responsibilities are explored through individual work and site visitations. Evaluations are made to evaluate an individual's potential to teach.

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Prin/Field Crop Science
AGR 204

Designed to develop a working and scientific knowledge of modern crop production as a germination, growth, reproduction, tillage, and weed control of agricultural field crops. Emphasis is also placed on fertility, diseases and insects.

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Intro/Soil Science
AGR 205

Application of the basics in the physical, chemical, and biological aspects in soils. Soils of Illinois and Indiana are emphasized along with concepts of fertility, conservation, and field descriptions.

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Intro/Animal Science
AGR 206

Focuses on a study of beef, swine, sheep, poultry, and horses; and the scientific factors affecting nutrition, selection and genetics, products, environment, and physiology.

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Intro/Ag Economics
AGR 207

Principles of economics applied to problems in agriculture, marketing of agricultural products, agricultural policy, and the role of agriculture in the U.S. and world economies.

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Intro/Ag Mechanization
AGR 208

Study of problems and laboratory exercises pointing to present and potential engineering applications in agriculture are presented. Emphasis is placed on farm power and machinery, soil and water control, electricity, and structures.

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Equine Care and Management
AGR 078

A survey of issues for the horse owner addressing basic equine care and management including health, farrier science, nurtition, stable management, equine equipment, and buying, selling, riding and training horses.

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Equine Training Techniques
AGR 079

Focuses on the psychology and physiology involved in training and riding. Study includes progressive training schedules, motivation and response to rider cues. The course examines various equine training techniques and exercises.

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Introduction to Agroecology
AGR 141

This course introduces ecological principles as they relate to agriculture, and includes sustainable food production systems and concepts of agroecology. Also emphasized is discussion of population ecology and plant demographics, as well as the conversion from conventional to alternative production.

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Forages and Pasture Management
AGR 163

Various forage crops will be discussed including their role in today's agriculture and grassland ecology, plant physiology, nitrogen fixation, establishing and maintaining forages, and harvesting. Pasture management including identification, establishing pastures, and intensive and rotational grazing systems will be discussed.

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Biological Pest Management
AGR 145

Biology of pest management will discuss the pest concerns of an organic production system. The discussion will include identification, prevention, and approved control measures within an organic system.

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Organic Crop Production
AGR 143

Organic crop production will explore the history, production, harvesting, storage, and marketing of products. State and federal laws as they relate to organic crop production will also be discussed.

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Agriculture Institute III
AGR 098

An extension of Ag Institutes I & II this course focuses intensively on the impact of urban agriculture and its industries, agriculture communications, and alternative energy. Lesson plans and implementation within curricula will be discussed. (Repeatable 2 Times)

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Small Engines
AGR 083

Designed to develop a working knowledge of types of gas engines, systems in a gas engine, components of systems, principles of operations, care, maintenance, repair, and adjustment of gas engines.

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Advanced Electrical Systems
AGR 082

Designed to increase knowledge in electrical systems. After completion of this course, students will be able to properly use service equipment to diagnose electronically controlled monitor systems and components on tractors and harvesting equipment.


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Diesel Fuel Systems
AGR 087

Provide basic understanding of diesel engine fuel systems and operation. Students will learn diagnosis, removal of diesel pumps, and injector repair.


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Planting and Tillage Equipment
AGR 097

Covers the theory and principles of operation, set-up and adjustment, troubleshooting, and repair of major brands of planters, drills, field cultivators, and primary tillage equipment.


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