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New Agri-Science and Agri-Business Programs at Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School

Madison-Grant Jr./Sr. High School is excited to announce our newest addition of programming for grades 7 through 12. Leaders at Madison-Grant United School Corporation are bringing the Agricultural Science and Business Program to inspire, challenge, and cultivate excellence in every Argyll. The board and administration are still exploring opportunities for future partnerships and program sponsorships. Students will have amazing opportunities to participate in all aspects of agriculture thanks to our newest addition. We have a brand new 1,400 square-foot facility that will house classes like animal sciences, welding, and green-house projects.

Purdue University graduate Hannah Lyon will teach the first year of the program. “The program is designed to inform students and the community specifically on how we use our resources, whether it is food in terms of crops and harvesting or raising livestock. The program will cover a broad spectrum, and will also go into vocational skills such as welding and mechanics.” She explains how the program will be used to develop well-rounded candidates by the time they graduate, “We’re not just educating students on a topic, but also the FFA aspect. Leadership development, community projects, and professional skills. When students graduate, they will have a well-rounded portfolio of their work from the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAP). Their skills will be backed with real life experience, conferences, and workshops.”

In the first year of the program, we are planning a community service-based project to engage students in real world situations. Lyons says of the program, “Our community spoke, brought forth a need, and we are making it happen.”

Initial class offerings include:

  • Exploratory Agriculture
  • Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Advanced Life Science: Animals
  • Advanced Life Science: Foods
  • Advanced Life Science: Plants and Soil Science
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Agriculture Power, Structure, and Technology
  • Animal Science
  • Food Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Landscape Management (I/II)
  • Natural Resources
  • Plant and Soils Science
  • Sustainable Energy Alternatives
  • Supervised Agricultural Experience