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2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Agricultural Business Fundamentals I (8022/36 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/lab 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.

Developing Employability Skills

  1. Compose a letter of application.
  2. Prepare a résumé.
  3. Create a portfolio.
  4. Complete electronic and hand-written employment application forms.
  5. Complete a mock employment interview.
  6. Compose an interview follow-up letter and/or e-mail.
  7. Identify the benefits of Work-based Learning (WBL) opportunities.

Making Consumer Choices

  1. Identify rights and responsibilities of customers.
  2. Identify methods of handling consumer complaints.
  3. Identify consumer-protection agencies.
  4. Identify components of a guarantee, a warranty, and a contract.
  5. Explain information found on product labels.

Managing Financial Records

  1. Keep accurate business records.
  2. Summarize records.
  3. Prepare a personal budget.
  4. Practice maintenance of regular checking and savings accounts.
  5. Identify personal financial management tools and strategies.
  6. Complete mock income tax forms.
  7. Calculate depreciation.
  8. Calculate net worth.
  9. Complete a profit-and-loss statement.

Performing Computer Operations for Agriculture

  1. Identify agricultural applications of leading technology (e.g., GPS, GIS, cellular and wireless communication, software).
  2. Create records and correspondence, using word processing software, spreadsheets, databases, and e-mail.
  3. Conduct research.
  4. Conduct oral and visual presentation, using presentation software.
  5. Implement procedures for backing up files and restoring files from backup.

Understanding Basic Economics

  1. Explain the importance of economics.
  2. Identify the components of the economic process.
  3. Identify basic economic principles (e.g., supply and demand).
  4. Differentiate among economic resources (e.g., factors of production, intermediate goods).
  5. Calculate the cost of production.
  6. Identify characteristics of free enterprise.

Understanding Agricultural Business Structure and Procedures

  1. Define the role of entrepreneurship in the agricultural industry.
  2. Describe various forms of agricultural business structures.
  3. Explain the benefits and liabilities of owning an agricultural business.
  4. Develop an organizational chart.
  5. Interpret a rent/lease agreement.
  6. Justify the purchase or sale of equipment and supplies.
  7. Set profit goals.
  8. Identify sources of capital.

Marketing Agricultural Products or Services

  1. Identify the various agricultural markets.
  2. Explain the importance of marketing an agricultural business.
  3. Identify the components of the marketing process.
  4. Identify various media outlets for promoting agricultural products and services.
  5. Explain Virginia’s role in the global market.
  6. Identify personal traits that are beneficial to an agricultural salesperson or brand ambassador.

Using Business Laws in Agricultural Business

  1. Identify labor laws relative to agricultural business.
  2. Identify agricultural regulatory agencies and their responsibilities.
  3. Identify elements of sales and purchase contracts.