Agriculture economics: developing high school curriculum for a senior grade level class

The objective of this project was to establish the need to add an agriculture based economics and government class at a local high school. The high school is located in Northern California and is surrounded by agriculture. In fact, many graduates acquire agricultural positions after high school. The high school has been open nine years and is still developing classes that connect the community and other programs on campus. As the campus grows and expands, the administration requested various departments to develop courses to meet the needs of students as well as develop skills relevant to post secondary education or the work force. The agriculture department sought to develop a senior level course that addressed graduation requirement for government and economics. After the need to offer the course was confirmed, efforts were then devoted to develop a class syllabus, class outlines and sample lessons to be taught in the class for approval.