Agriculture

Winona Senior High School students are invited to select from a menu of electives ranging from plant science and floriculture, to small animal care, management of dairy, fish and wildlife, leadership training and agriculture school to work and internship.

The Winona FFA Chapter is an award-winning organization available to 7th-12th grade students.

Animal Science

Animal Science

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is a study of income producing types of animals. Units will include selection, nutrition, housing, breeding, and other management practices. This class will make you a more informed consumer as you become aware of where the food that you buy at the grocery store comes from. The class will include field trips, guest speakers, and hands-on activities.

Small Animal Care and Management

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This class is an introduction to the pet and companion animal industry. This class will study the history, anatomy, selection, nutrition, reproduction, and health care of dogs, cats, tropical fish, birds, small animals, reptiles, and horses. This class is enhanced through interaction with live animals and will include guest speakers and field trips.

Dairy Management

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

The course will cover all aspects of the dairy industry. Selection of animals, breeding, balancing feed rations, dairy housing designing, marketing, and current trends in the industry. A unit on managing your operation will also be included. This will consist of record keeping and budgeting.

Leadership & Internship

Leadership, Personal Development, and Career Management

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to create a positive self-concept in students. The class will include participation in decision-making, goal-setting, teamwork, communication skills, and self-motivation. The students will be put into leadership situations and will be helped to perform individually and in groups. Students should leave the class with the tools to cope with life’s problems and the ability to better understand themselves.

Agriculture School-to-Work Program/Industrial Tech Internship

Grades: 11, 12

This course is designed to offer students actual on-the-job training during the school day. Students will be provided with the opportunity to apply related in-school instruction to actual on-the-job training related to their career goals. Students are responsible for locating work station and providing transportation to and from their work station. Work stations are not limited to agriculture/industrial tech related careers and special arrangements can be made with the instructor. The class is designed to be offered during the last period of each day. Students may earn up to 4 credits in this class.

Plant Science

Plant Science

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is an introduction to the science and practice of raising plants. Units of study include the scope of the plant science industry, plant propagation, plant anatomy, Minnesota trees, vegetables and vegetable gardens and fall flower seed harvesting. This class will be enhanced by hands on experience working in the WSHS green-house and the WSHS vegetable garden.

Floriculture

Grades: 10, 11, 12

This class is an introduction to the flower industry. Major emphasis will be on the raising of flowers in the WSHS Greenhouse. Students will gain extensive hands-on experience working in the WSHS Greenhouse and planning and planting flower beds. Professional floral designers will train students to create floral arrangements and field trips to floral shops will emphasize the business aspect of the industry.

Wildlife

Introduction to Fish & Wildlife Management

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to introduce students to Minnesota mammals, birds, and fish. Course units will include big game mammals, trapping, habitat, reptiles, forestry, bats, and hunting seasons and rules. The class will include guest speakers, hands-on activities, and field trips which will include a trip to Whitewater State Park.

Fish & Wildlife Management

Grades: 10, 11, 12

This course is a study of Minnesota wildlife, fish, and birds. Minnesota and Winona waters, wild turkeys, outdoor survival, habitat restoration, and current issues will be covered. The class will include guest speakers, field trips, and hands-on activities. The class may sponsor an injured bird of prey as a group project.

Managing Minnesota Wildlife

Grades: 10, 11, 12

This course is designed for those interested in wildlife and the outdoors. Students will learn to identify mammals, waterfowl, and upland game birds, as well as getting information on habitat, hunting practices, ethics, and laws. The class will be enhanced by guest speakers, hands-on activities, and field trips, which includes trips to the Muddy River Rendezvous, and inside the Winona deer park.

Brian Sather

Agriculture Teacher
Winona Senior High School