Ulen Hitterdal Public School

Agricultural Education Department

Student Handbook


I have read, and I understand the expectations of the Ulen Hitterdal Ag Ed Department. I will do my best to contribute positively to the vision, mission, and goals of the program.

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Student Enrolled                                                     Parent/Guardian

Greetings from the Ulen Hitterdal Agricultural Education Department and FFA Chapter!

        As a relative newcomer to the Ulen Hitterdal Public School District, I am excited to begin my third year in this welcoming community!  Positioned in a dynamic rural area, students in the Ulen-Hitterdal area have the opportunity to live in and learn about a great diversity of agriculture. I am excited to help provide students with as many experiences as possible.  

        The purpose of this handbook is to allow every student enrolled in Agriculture courses at Ulen Hitterdal Public School the chance to gain full advantage of the benefits that an Agricultural Education program has to offer.  This handbook informs the students, parents, and school officials of Ulen Hitterdal Public School of the policies, procedures, and most important the expectations of the total Agricultural Education program.  

        If taken full advantage of, the opportunities provided by the Agricultural Education department can be some of the most rewarding parts of a student’s academic career.  Each Agricultural Education course has hands-on, out-of-school experiences built directly into the curriculum. Through service learning and leadership requirements, as well as a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project, I hope that the communities of Ulen and Hitterdal will become more aware of the dynamic young people that call this place home. By combining hands-on learning, academic instruction, and premier leadership opportunities, it is my sincere hope that the Ulen Hitterdal Agricultural Education Department can produce the leaders of tomorrow and the achievers of today.

        FFA membership is encouraged for all students enrolled in Agricultural Education courses, and is considered an integral piece of the Agricultural Education model. Integral meaning that I must teach about the FFA organization in each one of my classes. The FFA is a national organization of over 500,000 students in grades 7-12 who are enrolled in Agricultural Education courses.  The National FFA mission statement states that, the FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.”  Students who are members of FFA are exposed to an even greater variety of experiences, and their involvement will put them at a great advantage when applying for college, scholarships, and employment opportunities.

        As you read through this handbook, please take note of the many benefits that students can gain while involved with Agricultural Education at Ulen Hitterdal.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, as I will be happy to assist each student in having a positive experience in the program.


Mrs. Amanda Thorsvig

Agricultural Education Instructor

FFA Advisor



Essential Components of a Total

Agricultural Education Program

The department hopes for every student to have a well-rounded Agricultural Education experience.  As you can see from the model below, this includes classroom instruction, a Supervised Agricultural Experience to encourage out-of-classroom experiences, and FFA membership to help to develop the student as a leader. For a student of the Ulen Hitterdal Agricultural Education Program to gain as much as possible, he/she should participate in ALL three areas. No one circle is more import than the other in a well-rounded Agricultural Education experience.

Vision Statement

The Ulen Hitterdal Agricultural Education Department envisions a community where the population values and understands the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems in their society.

Mission Statement

The Agriculture Education Department at Ulen Hitterdal Public School prepares students to be well-informed and able members of a society that depends on agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources.

Program Goals

Classroom Instruction Component

        The classroom is the starting point for the educational competencies to be taught in most core classes. In no means is the classroom an ending point for the goals of Agricultural Education, which is what makes it different from other traditional courses. However, the classroom is a starting point for a journey down the road of lessons learned, practiced, used, and mastered. Hands-on lab and shop activities will be utilized to reinforce the material and lessons that are presented in the classroom.

        The list below shows the Agricultural Education courses offered at Ulen Hitterdal Public School. Each student is strongly encouraged to take a wide variety of Agricultural Education courses to gain all that is offered from this total program. More courses will be developed and scheduled for future years.

Agricultural Education Program Curriculum

Agriculture 7

Agriculture 8

Exploring Agriculture

Agriculture 9/10

Ag Business

Ag Leadership



Animal Science

Small Animals

Metal Fabrication

Small Engines

Wood Working

Advanced Woods

Ag Structures

Ag Construction

Applications in CAD

Wildlife & Natural Resources

Agricultural Work Experience (Summer SAE Credit)

Independent Study

Please See Individual Course Syllabi For More Information On Each Class Offering

Supervised Agricultural Experience Component (SAE)

What is a Supervised Agricultural Experience? A Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) is an integral component of the program. A SAE is a practical application of classroom concepts designed to provide real-life experiences and develop skills in an agricultural related area.  Students will gain hands on training in record keeping, goal setting, planning and evaluating.

Benefits of having an SAE: Students can explore careers, earn money, improve communication skills, develop management skills and even have fun.

Supervised Agricultural Experience Basic Assignment Information

(Students’ will be provided with much more guidance and instruction as the project progresses)

Potential SAE Areas: Ag Communication, Research, Ag Mechanics, Processing, Ag Sales, Production Agriculture, Service, Technology, Science, Floriculture, Management, Landscaping, Nursery, Outdoor Recreation, Home/Community Development, Turf, Forestry, Small Animal Care, Wildlife, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Animal Health, Job Placement, Ag Science Fair, and more!

Types of SAE:  

  1. Entrepreneurship: Owning and operating your own business.  Student has a business plan, and is responsible for all business operations, labor, and product or service.  

Examples: owning your own lawn-mowing business, growing your own alfalfa hay field, raising show animals for the county fair, painting gourds and selling them, making soy-based lip gloss and selling it.

  1. Placement: Working for someone else, whether on a farm or in some type of agriculturally-related industry or business.  Can include paid employment or unpaid internships

Examples: working for a greenhouse, floral shop, grocery store, mechanic, veterinarian, or city park, website design for a local business, working on the family farm or a family business.

  1. Research: Complete a science project related to the areas of Agriculture, Botany, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Zoology, or Biochemistry, Food Science, or Microbiology

Examples: testing soil to determine nutrient content, determining which type of feed makes steers gain weight faster, testing the effects of antibacterial soap on bacteria

  1. Exploratory: allows the student to explore agricultural careers and develop agricultural literacy. Good for students who are looking for a more in-depth study into some specific area of Agriculture.

Examples:  Job shadowing a DNR officer, volunteering with a local veterinary office

FFA - Leadership Component

Leadership Development is an integral component of a complete Agricultural Education program. Students must learn to become self-advocates and contributing members of the society. Leadership development is key in this process. The FFA provides ample opportunities to grow as a person and become a confident leader. Community service and participation with other service groups are also exceptional ways to build leadership development. Above all the education value of service learning is the “warm fuzzy feeling” inside when you know that you have helped another human being. This component is worth about 5% of each student’s final grade.  Amount of events/hours that are required vary for each course.  

What types of activities count?

How do students submit time?

Students will be provided a form that needs to include the following information:

What if students have extra hours?

Extra credit may be awarded for extra hours of service. There is a limit however on the total amount of extra credit that a student can earn in the course. Also, a student cannot earn extra credit if he/she has any missing or incomplete work.

Some Helpful Information on the FFA…

What is the FFA?

The National FFA Organization is a dynamic youth leadership organization that strives to make a difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.  Membership is open to any students in grades 9-12 that are enrolled in an agricultural education course.  The FFA has over half a million members nationwide, making it the largest student-led youth organization in the world.  The organization has over 7,000 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.  The FFA prepares students with lifetime skills in leadership, science, business and technology in agriculture. FFA is NOT just cows and plows anymore!

FFA Membership Statistics

What’s in it for members?

2017-2018 Ulen-Hitterdal Chapter Officers

President: Marty Moore

Vice Presidents:

Jenna Hogetvedt  Carsten Groth

Secretary: Samantha Knutson        Treasurer: Marshall Stumbo

Sentinel: Simon Pender

Interested in joining FFA?  Just ask Mrs. Thorsvig!  

We are excited to have you as a member!