Cashton Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the agribusiness systems; animal systems; biotechnology systems; environmental science systems; food products and processing systems; natural resource systems; plant systems; and power structural systems pathways.
Cashton agricultural education courses can be accessed online through Google Classroom. Student assignments and resources are posted for students weekly.
Welcome Letter and Course Syllabus
Check out this year’s welcome letter and course syllabus.
The Cashton Agriculture Department offers career focused classes to its students:
Filling the Cupboard: A Course in Modern Gardening Practices and Community Service (6-12):
- Do you want to be a better gardener or improve your gardening skills to get that green thumb you always wanted? Students taking this course will be working in the school gardens and the Cashton Agriscience Greenhouse to grow food for the community and school. Students will have a hands on experience in planting vegetables and maintaining garden growth for the summer. Agriculture Career Pathway: Plant Systems.
Lures and Lunkers (6-12):
- This course will be an adventure for those who love the water’s edge. Building spinner baits and casting lines in this course will allow students to hone their fishing skills and knowledge. This course will focus on the fish of Wisconsin and creating the best tackle to bring in a whopper. Students are required to have a fishing licence if applicable. A trout stamp may be required. Agriculture Career Pathway: Natural Resource Systems.
Summer Sausage (6-12):
- Mix a myriad of meat products in this course dedicated to making your mouth water. Students will be mastering the craft of making sausage and smoking food throughout the duration of this course. From the refrigerator to the grill, students will be processing meat products in the Cashton Agriscience Food Processing Lab. Agriculture Career Pathway: Food Products and Processing Systems.
Supervised Agricultural Experience (Independent Study):
- The course offers development in the students Supervised Agricultural Experience program. Work will consist of visitations by the instructor to see the development of the program. Students will address the area of record keeping, management strategies, and financial planning while developing their own Supervised Agricultural Experience program. Agricultural Career Pathway: Agribusiness Systems.
Welcome to the Machine (9-12):
- This course explores the machines of agriculture. Primarily an introduction and exploration of tractor restoration, Welcome to the Machine is a class that explores agricultural mechanics. Partnering with community groups, like the Coulee Region Antique Engine Club, St. Joseph Equipment, and Tractor Central to learn the history of agricultural machinery and seeing first hand the development of agricultural technology. Students will learn basic tractor troubleshooting and repair as well as the history of agricultural machinery. Agricultural Career Pathway: Power Structural and Technical Systems.
Soils Evaluation (6-12):
- The course is offered for students interested in being able to evaluate land and soil in the Cashton area. Work will include on farm workouts where soil will be evaluated for texture, structure, slope, land classification and conservation practices best suited for that land. Students will get hands on skills to help them develop and understand these specific soil properties. Agricultural Career Pathway: Environmental Systems.
Leadership, Team-Building, and Agribusiness (6-12):
- The Cashton Ag Department offers many field trips during the course of the summer. Students will be able to experience many areas of agriculture and self-development. Summer tours look at various agricultural industries, production facilities, and farming designs. The students will promote leadership, personal development, teamwork and self-esteem. Agricultural Career Pathways: Agribusiness Systems and AFNR Career Ready Practices.
Courses for 2017-2018
Middle School Agriculture (6):
- This course is designed for the student who wants to gain an understanding and appreciation for agriculture. Topics covered in this course include agriculture occupations, youth leadership, FFA, Wisconsin agriculture, plant science, large and small animal science, wildlife, soil science. Students will discover new concepts in agriscience as well as developing an appreciation from where their food comes from. Agricultural Career Pathway: Agricultural Career Cluster.
Introduction to Agriculture (9):
- This course will explore agriculture in the career pathways of animal systems, plant systems, food products and processing systems, natural resource systems, environmental service systems, agribusiness systems, power structural and technical systems, and youth leadership. This course is a prerequisite for all high school level agriculture courses, unless instructor approved. Agricultural Career Pathway: Agricultural Career Cluster.
Agriculture Mechanics and Power Systems (10-12):
- This course deals with the improvement, maintenance, construction, and design of agricultural-related products. Other topics may include metalworking, mechanical engineering technology, tractor restoration, and small engines. Agricultural Career Pathway: Power, Structural and Technical Systems.
Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology (10-12):
- This course deals with wildlife and fisheries ecology and its management. Topics include career opportunities, history of wildlife ecology, management of big game in Wisconsin, species identification, population management, carrying capacity, trophy management, measuring, fish species, water management, history of aquaculture, river habitats, taxidermy, and career opportunities in wildlife ecology. Students will also study forest history, ecology, and tree identification while doing hands on projects. Agriculture Career Pathways: Environmental Service Systems and Natural Resource Systems.
Food Science and Production (10-12):
- This course allows participants to understand food composition, biotechnology and chemistry of foods, food safety, dairy industry, meat science, and food. Activities may include brat making, sauerkraut processing, jerky production, and meat cutting. Students will gain a better understanding of the science that goes into the food they eat, whether it be grown or processed. We will also study the science behind flavoring, coloring, and preserving. We will look into the differences and similarities between organically grown products and conventionally grown products as well as the pros and cons to genetically modified organisms. Agriculture Career Pathway: Food Products and Processing Systems.
Dairy Industries (10-12):
- This course deals with the dairy science and livestock industry. Topics include animal selection, dairy judging, dairy nutrition, bio-security, facility planning, product production, artificial insemination, and animal management. This course also includes animal product processing with current technology and tours of various agricultural enterprises. Agricultural Career Pathway: Animal Systems.
Agribusiness Leadership and Agriculture Technologies (11-12):
- This course is open to students in grades 10-12 who wish to further develop interest in leadership and team building activities. Leadership is defined as “the ability to move or influence others toward achieving personal or group goals.” Your involvement in this course will help you become a better agribusiness leader. Through learning activities, projects, and participation in course activities, you will be a better leader. This course is also designed to highlight topics of precision agriculture and emerging agricultural technologies to better manage agricultural production. Agricultural Career Pathway: Agribusiness Systems.
- Students will learn about basic plant parts and their functions, identify horticulture plants, soil, and plant growth media, propagate plants, lettuce farm to school production, bedding plant production, development of floral arrangements and landscape design. Students will also develop a landscape model based on their own creativity and investigate careers in the horticulture field while working in the school greenhouse. Agricultural Career Pathway: Plant Systems.