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2019/2020 Competency-Based Task/Competency List for Agricultural Business Operations II (8024/36 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.

Training for Leadership in Agricultural Business

  1. Identify the benefits of community involvement and networking with local, state, and national agencies.
  2. Develop partnerships with other organizations.
  3. Conduct meetings.

Developing Employability Skills

  1. Prepare a résumé.
  2. Design a portfolio.
  3. Complete an employment application process.
  4. Complete an employment interview.
  5. Compose an interview follow-up letter (handwritten or electronic).
  6. Explain the benefits of Work-based Learning (WBL).

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.
  6. Describe various types of insurance coverage.
  7. Identify banking services.

Managing Financial Records

  1. Maintain accurate records.
  2. Make decisions based on records.
  3. Summarize records.
  4. Analyze records.
  5. Complete a rent/lease agreement.

Performing Computer Operations for Agriculture

  1. Identify methods of preventing importation of computer viruses.
  2. Operate various computer programs (e.g., word processing, database) in an agribusiness.
  3. Use (or synthesize) data gathered through the use of leading technology (e.g., GPS, GIS, cellular and wireless communication, software.)

Understanding Basic Economics

  1. Compare the American economic system with systems of other countries.
  2. Apply economic principles to marketing (e.g., supply and demand).
  3. Explain how international business influences the balance of trade in importing and exporting.
  4. Explain economic interdependence.

Planning the Agribusiness

  1. Identify the major parts of a business plan.
  2. Select the products or services to be provided by the agribusiness.
  3. Conduct market research.

Understanding Agricultural Business Structures and Procedures

  1. Describe entrepreneurship and its role in the agricultural industry.
  2. Compare the major types of agricultural business ownership.
  3. Describe employer obligations to employees.
  4. Examine principles of proper business etiquette.
  5. Identify employee incentives and fringe benefits.
  6. Identify methods of extending credit.
  7. Compute gross and net pay.
  8. Maintain a filing system using Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  9. Prepare customer account statements.
  10. Maintain a business checking account.
  11. Complete a mock business tax form.
  12. Write letters or e-mails to customers.

Conducting a Needs Assessment

  1. Explain the use of customer surveys and other measurement tools to evaluate business operation.
  2. Identify customer needs through the analysis of survey results.

Using Business Laws in Agricultural Business

  1. Describe the intent of common state and federal laws that apply to agricultural business.
  2. Identify elements of sales and purchase contracts.

Planning Production of the Product(s) or Service(s)

  1. Identify various inventory procedures.
  2. Develop job descriptions.
  3. Establish workflow.
  4. Develop employee schedules.

Marketing Agricultural Products or Services

  1. Select target markets for agricultural products.
  2. Describe the channels of distribution for agricultural products.
  3. Determine the selling price of agricultural commodities.
  4. Display agricultural products.
  5. Identify the components of a successful sale.
  6. Make a follow-up call or visit.

Operating the Agricultural Business

  1. Explain production of an agricultural commodity or performance of an agricultural service.
  2. Implement marketing strategies.
  3. Maintain business records.
  4. Identify hazards that may cause fire, injury, or poisoning.
  5. Perform applicable workplace skills.
  6. Operate selected machinery and/or equipment.
  7. Develop a machinery/equipment maintenance plan.
  8. Interpret animal, plant, soil, and/or mechanical test results.
  9. Identify selected chemicals, medicines, and other hazardous materials.