The Agricultural Education Mission
Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.
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The Three-Component Model:
Through agricultural education, students are provided opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. Agricultural education instruction is delivered through three major components:
Classroom/Laboratory instruction (contextual learning)
Supervised Agricultural Experience programs (work-based learning)
Student leadership organization (National FFA Organization).
The following groups work with FFA promoting local program success:
Agricultural education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, technology of plant and animal production and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems. Agricultural education first became a part of the public education system in 1917 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. Today, over 32,000 students participate in formal agricultural education instructional programs offered in grades six-adult throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.