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2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog
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AGC 420 - Agricultural Issues

Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course will explore the current issues that affect agriculture from the perspective of the producer and consumer in a society with little direct connection to food production. The course will review today’s most pressing issues: the environment, the national debt, international trade and world health and how it relates to global society change.
  1. Determine the key agricultural issues.
    1. Identify the key issues impacting agriculture today.
    2. Prioritize the issues from a societal perspective.
  2. Implement a research process to validate the key agricultural issues.
    1. Determine the type if research to be conducted to identify issues.
    2. Design an assessment instrument to validate key issues.
  3. Analyze information to effectively communicate both sides of an agricultural issue.
    1. Evaluate the assessed data to determine parameters for future discussion.
    2. Summarize data using appropriate communication tools for delivery.
  4. Conduct a review of the identified issues through round table discussions.
    1. Create effective discussions of issues through role play interaction.
    2. Establish procedures for role play position of pro vs. con on issues.
  5. Form independent decisions utilizing a process of conflict resolution.
    1. Identify the type of conflict resolution styles.
    2. Incorporate the use of an interest-based relational approach to conflict resolution.
  6. Develop process to improve self confidence through communication.
    1. Utilize a recognized personality assessment to determine individual strengths and weaknesses.
    2. Incorporate strategies to affect communication styles based on personality assessment.
  7. Develop an individual communication model to discuss agricultural issues in public forums.
    1. Establish a procedure for determining the relevant sides of the issue within a group presentation.
    2. Identify protocols for handling adversarial issues and/or people.
  8. Design an opinion or editorial article for a publication on a position impacting agriculture
    1. Utilize an appropriate communication media to convey opinion.
    2. Develop an effective article through clarification points.

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