# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Agricultural Production Technology Task/Competency List

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

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2020/2021 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Agricultural Production Technology (8010/36 weeks)

Tasks/competencies bordered in blue are considered optional when marked as such; they and/or additional tasks/competencies may be taught at the discretion of the school division. All other tasks are considered essential statewide and are required of all students.

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Demonstrating Personal Qualities and Abilities

  1. Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  2. Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving.
  3. Demonstrate initiative and self-direction.
  4. Demonstrate integrity.
  5. Demonstrate work ethic.

Demonstrating Interpersonal Skills

  1. Demonstrate conflict-resolution skills.
  2. Demonstrate listening and speaking skills.
  3. Demonstrate respect for diversity.
  4. Demonstrate customer service skills.
  5. Collaborate with team members.

Demonstrating Professional Competencies

  1. Demonstrate big-picture thinking.
  2. Demonstrate career- and life-management skills.
  3. Demonstrate continuous learning and adaptability.
  4. Manage time and resources.
  5. Demonstrate information-literacy skills.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of information security.
  7. Maintain working knowledge of current information-technology (IT) systems.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with technologies, tools, and machines common to a specific occupation.
  9. Apply mathematical skills to job-specific tasks.
  10. Demonstrate professionalism.
  11. Demonstrate reading and writing skills.
  12. Demonstrate workplace safety.

Examining All Aspects of an Industry

  1. Examine aspects of planning within an industry/organization.
  2. Examine aspects of management within an industry/organization.
  3. Examine aspects of financial responsibility within an industry/organization.
  4. Examine technical and production skills required of workers within an industry/organization.
  5. Examine principles of technology that underlie an industry/organization.
  6. Examine labor issues related to an industry/organization.
  7. Examine community issues related to an industry/organization.
  8. Examine health, safety, and environmental issues related to an industry/organization.

Addressing Elements of Student Life

  1. Identify the purposes and goals of the student organization.
  2. Explain the benefits and responsibilities of membership in the student organization as a student and in professional/civic organizations as an adult.
  3. Demonstrate leadership skills through participation in student organization activities, such as meetings, programs, and projects.
  4. Identify Internet safety issues and procedures for complying with acceptable use standards.

Exploring Work-Based Learning

  1. Identify the types of work-based learning (WBL) opportunities.
  2. Reflect on lessons learned during the WBL experience.
  3. Explore career opportunities related to the WBL experience.
  4. Participate in a WBL experience, when appropriate.

Note: Competencies 39-43 have been added to ensure compliance with federal legislation: National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7, https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ7/PLAW-116publ7.pdf). All inquiries may be sent to cte@doe.virginia.gov. Students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success. Instruction is delivered through three major components: classroom and laboratory instruction, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) program, and student leadership (FFA).

  1. Identify the role of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) in agricultural education.
  2. Participate in an SAE.

Exploring Leadership Opportunities through FFA

  1. Identify the benefits and responsibilities of FFA membership.
  2. Describe leadership characteristics and opportunities as they relate to agriculture and FFA.
  3. Apply for an FFA degree and/or an agricultural proficiency award.

Demonstrating Safety Skills in Agricultural Production

  1. Identify risks/hazards in an agricultural operation.
  2. Demonstrate safety in an agricultural operation.
  3. Identify public safety issues pertaining to agricultural operations.
  4. Perform lockout/tagout (LOTO) procedures in an agricultural production setting.
  5. Identify regulations related to labor in the agricultural production operation.

Applying Safety Practices for Carpentry and Metalworking in Agriculture

  1. Identify marked safety areas.
  2. Identify the location and use of eye wash stations.
  3. Identify the location of posted evacuation routes.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of SDS.
  5. Demonstrate the safe use of chemicals.
  6. Demonstrate the safe use of standard and metric hand tools.
  7. Demonstrate the safe use of power tools.
  8. Demonstrate the safe use of precision standard and metric measuring tools.
  9. Demonstrate the use of protective clothing and equipment.
  10. Demonstrate the safe use of fire-protection equipment.
  11. Demonstrate the safe use of equipment.
  12. Demonstrate safe practices in the agricultural mechanics lab/workshop.

Using Mechanics in Agricultural Production

  1. Demonstrate standard measurement techniques in agricultural mechanics.
  2. Calculate a bill of materials.
  3. Demonstrate woodworking skills.
  4. Demonstrate metalworking skills.
  5. Construct a section of farm fence.
  6. Identify major farm machines common to agriculture production.

Using Soil Science in Agricultural Production

  1. Describe the soil-formation process and components of soil.
  2. Evaluate the physical and chemical properties of soil.
  3. Analyze soil characteristics.
  4. Create soil amendment recommendations for a given crop or land use.
  5. Examine best management practices for improving soil health.
  6. Describe erosion, its effects on the environment, and prevention methods.
  7. Conduct a water percolation test.
  8. Demonstrate how to use the USDA Web Soil Survey.
  9. Devise a soil-management plan to minimize erosion and maximize biodiversity, plant productivity, and the formation of topsoil.

Using Plant Science in Agricultural Crop Production

  1. Identify grain, oil, and specialty field crops.
  2. Identify vegetable crops.
  3. Identify fruit and nut crops.
  4. Identify the essential nutrients and their major functions for optimal plant growth and development.
  5. Identify common plant nutrient deficiency and toxicity symptoms.
  6. Analyze the influence of environmental factors on plant growth.
  7. Identify principles and practices of sustainable crop production.
  8. Differentiate among approved planting practices.
  9. Prepare growing media for use in plant cultivation systems.
  10. Develop a management plan for plant production.
  11. Cultivate plants based on current industry standards.
  12. Evaluate disease-control measures.
  13. Develop a plan for integrated pest management (IPM) for plant production.
  14. Demonstrate crop-sampling techniques.
  15. Analyze crop samples.

Managing Natural Resources

  1. Describe how agriculture and the environment are interrelated.
  2. Describe best management practices to protect soil and water resources.
  3. Describe best management practices for the forest.
  4. Describe best management practices for wildlife.

Exploring Livestock and Poultry Production

  1. Determine requirements for establishing and managing an animal enterprise.
  2. Explain criteria for selecting poultry and livestock.
  3. Describe nutritional requirements for poultry and livestock.
  4. Describe poultry and livestock healthcare requirements.

Developing Business Aspects of an Agricultural Enterprise

  1. Explain the benefits and liabilities of owning an agricultural business.
  2. Identify the components of a business plan for an agricultural enterprise.
  3. Explore government agencies, regulations, and incentives.
  4. Describe marketing options for an agricultural enterprise.
  5. Explain the importance of establishing and maintaining a financial and production record-keeping system for an agricultural enterprise.

Understanding Precision Agriculture Management and Technologies

  1. Describe technologies used in precision agriculture and their importance.
  2. Describe the equipment necessary for a GPS to provide applications used in precision agriculture.
  3. Describe the procedure for operating a GPS receiver.
  4. Research technologies used in precision agriculture management.
  5. Collect and apply data in the development of a map.

Exploring Security in Agricultural Industries

  1. Define biosecurity.
  2. Describe biosecurity procedures in agricultural production.
  3. Identify biosecurity risks in an agricultural production enterprise.
  4. Define agroterrorism.
  5. Describe internal and external measures to prevent agroterrorism related to an agricultural enterprise.
  6. Identify agroterrorism risks related to an agricultural enterprise.
  7. Define cybersecurity as it relates to agricultural production.
  8. Describe measures to prevent cybersecurity breaches in an agricultural production enterprise.
  9. Identify cybersecurity risks related to an agricultural production enterprise.