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AGM 125 - Alternative Energy in Ag

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course is designed to acquaint students with alternative energy sources in agriculture and their impact on the industry. Major areas of study will include petroleum, ethanol, biodiesel, wind energy and second-generation fuel sources. Emphasis on application and selection, equipment operations, storage and handling procedures and federal regulations will be addressed.
Competencies
  1. Summarize the current industry issues.
    1. Explain the economic impact on the state, nation, and the world.
    2. Identify industry production trends.
    3. Define issues that impact the future of the industry.
    4. List career opportunities.
  2. Assess the legal aspect of alternative energy sources in agriculture.
    1. Identify pertinent legal issues.
    2. List current environmental laws.
  3. Develop a merchandising plan.
    1. Outline the various ways to market products.
    2. Explain the basis of pricing.
  4. Compare agricultural building structures, construction techniques, building materials, repairs, and maintenance requirements.
    1. Identify proper procedures for handling and storing of traditional and alternative
    2. Review the legal requirements associated with the alternative energy field.
  5. Develop a general knowledge of the impact of alternative energy of equipment operation.
    1. Explain how engine power is impacted by alternative fuels.
    2. Select the proper octane rating for gasoline engines with different compression ratios.
    3. Select the proper grade of fuel for diesel engines using cetane ratings.
    4. Describe procedures for conserving fuels during equipment operation.
    5. Describe crankcase oil classifications and grades.
    6. Identify gear lubricants and uses.
    7. Identify hydraulic fluid grades.
    8. Define lubricating grease by class and grade.
  6. Assess alternative fuel sources.
    1. Identify alternative fuel sources.
    2. Defend the beneficial use of alternative fuels.
    3. Contrast the benefits of petroleum based vs. agricultural based alternative fuels.
  7. Define second generation alternative fuel sources.
    1. Identify cellulosic ethanol production sources.
    2. Discuss the implications on natural resources from cellulosic ethanol production.
    3. Discuss the use of algae as a second generation fuel alternative.



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