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					                              Agricultural Education Standards and Policy Manual

                                                     TABLE OF CONTENTS

Extended Day and Extended Year Program Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives .................2

Extended Day and Extended Year Program Teacher Job Description.............................................3

Extended Day and Extended Year Program Standards and Policies ...............................................4

Georgia Food Systems Technology Program Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives................7

Georgia Food Systems Technology Program Food Processing Teacher Job Description ...............8

Georgia Food Systems Technology Program Standards and Policies .............................................9

Short-Term Adult Agribusiness Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives ..................................13

Short-Term Adult Agribusiness Program Teacher Job Description ..............................................14

Short-Term Adult Agribusiness Program Standards and Policies .................................................15

Georgia Young Farmer Agribusiness Program Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives ...........18

Georgia Young Farmer Agribusiness Program Teacher Job Description ......................................19

Georgia Young Farmer Agribusiness Program Standards and Policies .........................................20

Area Teacher Program Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives ................................................29

Area Teacher Job Description ........................................................................................................30

Area Teacher Program Standards...................................................................................................31

Definitions......................................................................................................................................34




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     EXTENDED DAY AND EXTENDED YEAR PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT,
                        GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Extended Day and Extended Year Program is to provide educational
instructional services beyond the regular school day for students enrolled in agricultural
education classes and post secondary students who are engaged in or have an interest in the
industry of Agriculture. These services are designed to be available to all school systems with an
Agricultural Education program and exist to enhance the educational experiences of students
enrolled.


Goals and Objectives:

1.   To provide students with individual and small group instruction.

2.   To provide students career, real-life experiences with supervision.

3.   To provide expanded educational opportunities through special events and activities.

4.   To relate the implementation of academic skills to career development experiences with
     supervision.

5.   To provide structure and organization toward the further development of premier leadership,
     personal growth and career success knowledge and skills.

6.   To develop programs to organize community resources in the educational program of
     students enrolled in Agricultural Education.

7.   To expand program resources beyond school and community boundaries.

8.   To provide for management of specialized instructional facilities.

9.   To provide teachers approved staff development activities.




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            GEORGIA EXTENDED DAY AND EXTENDED YEAR PROGRAM
                        TEACHER JOB DESCRIPTION


Under the direct supervision of the System School Superintendent or designee and in full
compliance with the standards set forth for the Georgia Extended Day and Extended Year
Program by the Georgia State Board of Education, the Extended Day and Extended Year teacher
shall:

1.   Supervise students in approved Agricultural Experience Programs.

2.   Supervise students in cooperative work experience or internship programs.

3.   Supervise students in after school activities such as student organization, meetings, FFA,
     career development events preparation and participation, completing leadership applications,
     and other leadership type activities.

4.   Assist students in developing and implementing supervised Agricultural Experience
     Programs.

5.   Supervise students in conducting educational community service activities.

6.   Attend approved staff development activities which relate to extended day and extended
     year.

7.   Supervise students on educational field trips and training exercises.

8.   Supervise students in programs offered though the FFA camping program.




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            GEORGIA EXTENDED DAY AND EXTENDED YEAR PROGRAM
                         STANDARDS & POLICIES

In order for the local program to meet the requirements of the Georgia Extended Day and
Extended Year Program as determined by the State Coordinator for Agricultural Education or
designee, all program standards must be met and all policies must have an average rating or
better using the following five point scale:
     1 = Poor
     2 = Below Average
     3 = Average
     4 = Above Average
     5 = Outstanding

Program Standards and Policies:

Standard 1: Extended Day and Extended Year Programs shall be funded only in systems
            that have a full time secondary Agricultural Education program.
                                                                            Met
                                                                            Not Met

Standard 2: The Extended Day and Extended Year Programs shall be reviewed and
            evaluated annually by the local system administration with the assistance of
            the State Agricultural Education Staff.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met

Standard 3: The teacher shall document through the monthly activity report instruction
            on an individual or small group basis for program participants with a
            minimum average of 20 instructional contacts per month.
                                                                              Met
                                                                              Not Met

Standard 4: The travel expenses incurred by the teacher in fulfillment of educational
            duties and responsibilities of Extended Day and Extended Year programs
            shall be defrayed in accordance to State Travel regulations.

     Policy A: Travel funds shall be utilized for local program instructional purposes, state
               approved staff development, and state approved Extended Day and Extended Year
               Program activities.
                                                                             1 2 3 4 5




     Policy B: The teacher shall submit a monthly travel report documenting expenses incurred

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                in completing official duties to the local system as specified by the local system
                policy and to the State Coordinator or designee by the 10th of the month following
                incurred expenses.
                                                                              1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                        Met
                                                                                        Not Met

Standard 5: The teacher shall organize and maintain a local chapter of the FFA
            Association by serving as the advisor.

     Policy A: The teacher shall maintain an FFA membership roster of not less than 45 active
               members or 80% of their students.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: A chapter program of activities shall be developed jointly by the teacher and the
               current fiscal year officers of the local chapter by October 15 that includes
               participation opportunities for members on the local, regional, state and national
               level.
                                                                             1 2 3 4 5

     Policy C: The FFA roster shall be submitted by October 15.
                                                                            1   2   3   4   5

                                                                                        Met
                                                                                        Not Met

Standard 6: The teacher shall organize and maintain a local agricultural industry
            advisory committee to assist in planning the program of work for community
            works in extended day and extended year.

     Policy A: Membership on the advisory committee shall include agricultural industry and
               community leaders.
                                                                        1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: The teacher shall document through committee meeting minutes the review of the
               objectives, activities and accomplishments of the local Agricultural Education
               Program.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                        Met
                                                                                        Not Met


Standard 7: An approved Annual Program of Work for Extended Day and Extended
            Year Programs shall be submitted to the State Coordinator for Agricultural

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                Education or designee by May 15.

     Policy A: The program of work shall include planned activities in the following areas:
               Supervised Agricultural Experience
               Teacher Staff Development
               Facility Maintenance
               Curriculum Renewal
               Career Development Events
               Leadership Training
               FFA Camping Program
                                                                                  Met
                                                                                  Not Met

Standard 8: An annual summary of Extended Day and Extended Year Program activities
            shall be submitted to the State Coordinator for Agricultural Education or
            designee by June 30.
                                                                           Met
                                                                           Not Met

Standard 9: School systems participating in Extended Day and Extended Year Programs
            shall provide instructional facilities, equipment and supplies to support the
            Extended Day and Extended Year Program.
                                                                              Met
                                                                              Not Met

Standard 10: Teachers qualifying for the Extended Day and Extended Year Program shall
             not teach more than one segment out-of-field.
                                                                         Met
                                                                         Not Met

Standard 11: The Extended Day and Extended Year Program shall be conducted beyond
             the normal school day, which shall include a planning period, which occurs
             during the regular school day.
                                                                            Met
                                                                            Not Met

Standard 12: The teacher shall be compensated at a minimum hourly rate based on the
             state approved 190-day base salary schedule.
                                                                         Met
                                                                         Not Met




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                  GEORGIA FOOD SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
                   MISSION STATEMENT, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Georgia Food Systems Technology Program is to teach and assist persons in
the community to preserve food. The program makes it possible for families to process large
quantities of the most nutritious food using modern procedures in a safe environment. A
contribution is made toward providing a stored food supply which may serve against national
disasters.

Goals and Objectives:

1.   To provide education for the local community in food preservation using proper procedures
     and safe practices.

2.   To provide an economical and desirable opportunity for preserving large quantities of food
     without preservatives.

3.   To promote a method to utilize homegrown food for future consumption economically.

4.   To extend the time period for utilization and consumption of homegrown food.

5.   To educate consumers in procedures for utilizing low cost food during surplus markets.

6.   To enable a population with special dietary problems in acquiring quality food otherwise
     relatively unavailable or too expensive.

7.   To enable persons on fixed income to prepare high quality food economically.

8.   To provide citizens participation in a school activity.

9.   To provide a stored food supply helpful in a national emergency situation.




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                  GEORGIA FOOD SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
                   FOOD PROCESSING TEACHER JOB DESCRIPTION

Under the direct supervision of the System School Superintendent or designee and in full
compliance with the standards set forth for the Georgia Food Systems Technology Program by
the Georgia State Board of Education, the Food Processing teacher shall:

1.   Conduct a group instructional program consisting of organized classes for participants of the
     Food Systems Technology Program.

2.   Provide instruction on an individual or small group basis for participants of the Food
     Systems Technology Program.

3.   Supervise the SAE programs of students enrolled in the secondary agricultural education
     class.

4.   Perform related instructional activities that are necessary for conducting successful adult and
     secondary instructional programs, fulfilling administrative requirements of the Food
     Systems Technology Program, and for the documenting of program activities in compliance
     with program requirements.

5.   Assist with the improvement of Agricultural Education facilities and equipment in the local
     school system.

6.   Participate in training activities that will assist him/her in becoming or remaining
     knowledgeable and technologically proficient in problem or interest areas that will benefit
     the adult and secondary participants of the program.

7.   Carry out other duties and responsibilities as requested by his/her immediate supervisor.




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                  GEORGIA FOOD SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
                             STANDARDS & POLICIES

In order for the local program to meet the requirements of the Georgia Food Systems Technology
Program as determined by the State Coordinator of Agricultural Education or designee, all
program standards must be met and all policies must have an average rating or better using the
following five point scale:
     1 = Poor
     2 = Below Average
     3 = Average
     4 = Above Average
     5 = Outstanding

Program Standards and Policies:

Standard 1: To apply for a minimum reimbursement for a Food Systems Technology
            Program, the local system must develop and maintain a list of at least 75
            individuals who express a desire to participate in the program.

     Policy A: The local Agricultural Education program shall provide and maintain an active
               file of community members who indicate an interest in the Food Systems
               Technology Program.
                                                                          1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: Persons eligible for the program are community members who are out of high
               school and have an interest in the Food Systems Technology Program.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                        Met
                                                                                        Not Met

Standard 2: At least one regular teacher of agriculture shall be available for eight hours
            daily to manage the program during the days the facility is made available.

     Policy A: A teacher of agriculture shall manage the facility.
                                                                            1   2   3   4   5

     Policy B: A teacher of agriculture is available for other agricultural education program
               responsibilities when the food systems technology center is not in operation.
                                                                              1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                        Met
                                                                                        Not Met

Standard 3: The local system shall apply for funds based on the days of operation, the

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                number of persons participating, and the quantity of food involved.

     Policy A: The local system may apply for funds based on a maximum of 38 days and two
               teachers of agriculture.
                                                                       1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: Additional funds will be allotted based on the previous two years’ average as
               determined by standardized records of food quantity and a formula multiplying
               days of operation by average daily attendance.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                        Met
                                                                                        Not Met

Standard 4: The facility shall be maintained in a sanitary and safe operating condition.

     Policy A: The canning plant manager shall inspect and maintain the equipment.
                                                                          1 2 3 4           5

     Policy B: Other employees shall be instructed in safe operating procedures and sanitary
               practices.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

     Policy C: Customers/students/participants shall be instructed in safe operating procedures
               and sanitary practices.
                                                                            1 2 3 4 5

     Policy D: Participants will clean their areas and equipment used.
                                                                            1   2   3   4   5

                                                                                        Met
                                                                                        Not Met

Standard 5: An adequate inventory of canning materials and supplies shall be maintained
            with accountability.

     Policy A: The canning plant manager or assignee shall maintain the inventory with care and
               organization.
                                                                          1 2 3 4 5




     Policy B: Sanitation and security shall be practices with the inventory.


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                                                                             1   2   3   4   5

                                                                                         Met
                                                                                         Not Met

Standard 6: Food technology education shall be provided in a work experience method.

     Policy A: Food processed will be for home use and not for resale.
                                                                             1   2   3   4   5

     Policy B: The instructor shall use sound educational practices.
                                                                             1   2   3   4   5

                                                                                         Met
                                                                                         Not Met

Standard 7: Process procedures shall be in accordance with proper food preparation.

     Policy A: Food preparation charts and specifications shall be posted for all participants to
               observe.
                                                                            1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: Managers shall control critical processing equipment.
                                                                             1   2   3   4   5

                                                                                         Met
                                                                                         Not Met

Standard 8: Participants shall maintain possession of all food products during the
            processing procedure.

     Policy A: Participants may not “drop off” food to be processed.
                                                                             1   2   3   4   5

     Policy B: Participants shall receive instruction in all steps of processing.
                                                                               1 2   3   4   5

     Policy C: Processed food must be removed when process is complete.
                                                                             1   2   3   4 5
                                                                                         Met
                                                                                         Not Met



Standard 9: Participation evaluation procedures shall be developed and implemented.


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     Policy A: Participants shall complete an evaluation following each day of activity.
                                                                          1 2 3 4          5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 10: Program evaluation procedures shall be developed and implemented.

     Policy A: A program evaluation shall be kept and prepared on a form that can be assimilated
               into a state summary.
                                                                          1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: A record of individuals shall be counted for each participant and a total annually
               submitted to be assimilated into a state summary.
                                                                            1 2 3 4 5

     Policy C: Adequate records must be maintained so that the average daily attendance can be
               submitted to be assimilated into a state summary.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 11: Proper procedures and correct and adequate educational materials shall be
             used.

     Policy A: The manager shall be responsible for making available educational supplies.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: The manager shall be responsible for proper use of educational supplies.
                                                                          1 2 3 4          5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 12: The program shall include an advisory committee of constituents, which
             identifies community needs to be served.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met




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     SHORT - TERM ADULT AGRIBUSINESS PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT,
                        GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Short-term Adult Agribusiness Program is to provide learning opportunities
for individuals who are engaged or interested in agriculture and have special needs or concerns
not met by other available means which can be addressed in two to twelve hours of class
instruction. These should be available to all local school communities with an agricultural
education program.

Goals and Objectives:

1.   To meet specific educational needs of eligible participants.

2.   To increase the level of understanding and/or skills of program participants that productivity
     and opportunity may be expanded.

3.   To address current concerns in special areas of agriculture among participants.

4.   To provide an agriculturally educational opportunity within the school community for
     interested adults.

5.   To increase productivity in the local community with improved practices.

6.   To create a more educationally conscious society by involving adults.

7.   To create community unity and peer support by bringing together an adult group for an
     educational purpose.




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     GEORGIA SHORT-TERM ADULT AGRIBUSINESS PROGRAM TEACHER JOB
                            DESCRIPTION

Under the direct supervision of the System School Superintendent or designee and in full
compliance with the standards set forth for the Short-term Adult Program by the Georgia State
Board of Education, the Short-term Adult Teacher shall:

1.   Conduct a group instructional program consisting of organized classes for adult participants.

2.   Provide instruction on an individual or small group basis for participants of the Short-Term
     Adult Program.

3.   Conduct a regular program of Agricultural Education.

4.   Perform related instructional activities that are necessary for the conducting of successful
     adult and secondary instructional programs, fulfilling administrative requirements of the
     Short-Term Adult Program, and for the documenting of program activities and compliance
     with program requirements.

5.   Participate in training activities that will assist him/her in becoming or remaining
     knowledgeable and technologically proficient in problem or interest areas that will benefit
     the adult and secondary participants of the program.

6.   Carry out other duties and responsibilities as requested by his/her immediate supervisor.




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     GEORGIA SHORT-TERM ADULT AGRIBUSINESS PROGRAM STANDARDS &
                             POLICIES

In order for the local program to meet the requirements of the Georgia Short-term Adult
Agribusiness Program as determined by the State Coordinator of Agricultural Education or designee,
all program standards must be met and all policies must have an average rating or better using the
following five-point scale:
     1 = Poor
     2 = Below Average
     3 = Average
     4 = Above Average
     5 = Outstanding

Program Standards and Policies:

Standard 1: To apply for funds for Short-term Adult Agribusiness Program classes, the local
            system must develop and maintain a list of 25 individuals who are eligible for the
            program.

     Policy A: The local Agricultural Education program shall provide and maintain an active file of
               community members who are eligible for the program.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: Persons eligible for the program are community members who are out of high school
               and are engaged in or have interest in farming/agribusiness.
                                                                            1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 2: The Short-term Adult Agribusiness Program shall be influenced by community
            input.

     Policy A: A local advisory committee shall assist in the planning of program of activities.
                                                                            1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: An evaluation of the students of the program will be conducted to provide input to the
               program.
                                                                          1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

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Standard 3: The school system shall provide instructional facilities, equipment and supplies
            to support the Short-term Agribusiness Adult Program.

     Policy A: The quality of the facilities for the adult program is adequate.
                                                                             1    2   3   4   5

     Policy B: The Short-term Adult Agribusiness Program has sufficient equipment and supply
               budget to support the program.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                          Met
                                                                                          Not Met

Standard 4: The Young Farmer Adult Program Coordinator was provided information
            concerning the Short-term Agribusiness Adult program to provide evaluation
            for the program.
                                                                            Met
                                                                            Not Met


Standard 5: The Short-term Adult Agribusiness Program shall be evaluated using the
            observation procedure adopted by the local system.

     Policy A: The teacher’s adult instructional activities shall be evaluated using the observation
               procedure adopted by the local system
                                                                              1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                          Met
                                                                                          Not Met

Standard 6: The Short-term Agribusiness Adult Program shall be conducted by a certified,
            full time, in-school teacher of Agricultural Education.
                                                                           Met
                                                                           Not Met

Standard 7: The Agricultural Education teacher conducting a Short-term Adult Agribusiness
            Program shall assume responsibility of planning and organizing the Short-term
            Agribusiness Adult classes.

     Policy A: To qualify for state reimbursement, a class shall consist of 10 or more individuals
               who are not enrolled in secondary classes.
                                                                             1 2 3 4 5

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                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met

Standard 8: Accurate records shall be maintained of class enrollment, hours of instruction,
            contact hours with students prior to class, and contact hours with students
            subsequent to the class.
                                                                                Met
                                                                                Not Met

Standard 9: The agriculture teacher conducting a Short-term Adult Agribusiness Program
            shall be paid according to state policies for Short-term Adult Agribusiness
            classes.
                                                                                Met
                                                                                Not Met




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     GEORGIA YOUNG FARMER AGRIBUSINESS PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT,
                        GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Georgia Young Farmer Agribusiness Program is to provide educational
instruction and opportunities to individuals engaged in the agricultural industry which will increase
their proficiency in agricultural production, management, agribusiness and leadership.

Goals and Objectives:

1.   To provide instruction to meet the current needs of the agricultural industry.

2.   To provide instruction to meet the needs of cutting edge technology in agriculture.

3.   To provide opportunities for farmers and agribusiness to share the best practices.

4.   To provide opportunities for farmers and agribusiness to participate in group discussions.

5.   To provide instruction for skill development to meet the needs of the agricultural industry.

6.   To provide instruction for the application of leadership and personal skill development in the
     agricultural industry.

7.   To provide an opportunity for farmers and agribusiness to expand the mental capacity of the
     agricultural industry.

8.   To provide instruction to increase the managerial skills needed to operate an agricultural
     enterprise.

9.   To provide an opportunity for individuals to increase the values for our society.




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         GEORGIA YOUNG FARMER AGRIBUSINESS PROGRAM TEACHER JOB
                              DESCRIPTION

Under the direct supervision of the System School Superintendent or designee and in full compliance
with the standards set forth for the Georgia Young Farmer Agribusiness Program by the Georgia
State Board of Education, the Young Farmer Teacher shall:

1.   Conduct a group instructional program consisting of organized classes for adult participants of
     the Young Farmer Agribusiness Program.

2.   Provide instruction on an individual or small group basis for participants of the Young Farmer
     Agribusiness Program.

3.   Teach one agricultural education class daily for secondary students during the normal school
     year.

4.   Supervise the SAE programs of students enrolled in the secondary agricultural education class.

5.   Perform related instructional activities that are necessary for the conducting of successful adult
     and secondary instructional programs, fulfilling administrative requirements of the Young
     Farmer Agribusiness Program, and for the documenting of program activities and compliance
     with program requirements.

6.   Serve as Advisor for the local Young Farmer Association chapter.

7.   Assist the full-time Secondary Agriculture Instructor in conducting the Secondary Agriculture
     Program and in carrying out the activities of the local FFA Chapter.

8.   Assist with the improvement of Agricultural Education facilities and equipment in the local
     school system.

9.   Participate in training activities that will assist him/her in becoming or remaining
     knowledgeable and technologically proficient in problem or interest areas that will benefit the
     adult and secondary participants of the program.

10. Carry out other duties and responsibilities as requested by his/her immediate supervisor.




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 GEORGIA YOUNG FARMER AGRIBUSINESS PROGRAM STANDARDS & POLICIES

In order for the local program to meet the requirements of the Young Farmer Agribusiness Program
as determined by the state young farmer coordinator or designee, all program standards must be met
and all policies must have an average rating or better using the following five point scale:
     1 = Poor
     2 = Below Average
     3 = Average
     4 = Above Average
     5 = Outstanding

Program Qualifications:

Standard 1: The local system shall annually develop and maintain an active file of at least 75
            qualified potential constituents for the local Young Farmer Agribusiness
            Program.

     Policy A: Persons documented in the file shall be adult community members who are engaged
               in or have interest in farming or agribusiness. The majority of the list should be
               composed of persons involved full-time in farming or agribusiness.
                                                                            1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: The file of eligible community members shall include the name, address, approximate
               age, area of agricultural interest, etc.
                                                                          1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                    Met
                                                                                    Not Met

Standard 2: The local Young Farmer Agribusiness Program shall be annually influenced by
            local participant input.

     Policy A: Program participants should be surveyed annually with a state approved instrument to
               determine needs and benefits derived from the local Young Farmer Agribusiness
               Program. No less than 50% of program participants listed on the previous year MIS
               report shall participate in the evaluation process.
                                                                          1 2 3 4 5



Policy B: The local Young Farmer program advisory committee shall review and approve the
          annual Program of Work for the local program based on participant input derived from
          the local survey results. Verification of review and recommendations by the advisory

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            committee shall be ascertained by a review of minutes from committee meeting.
                                                                          1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 3: The Young Farmer Agribusiness Program shall be funded only in systems that
            have a full-time secondary Agricultural Education program.
                                                                           Met
                                                                           Not Met

Standard 4: The travel expenses incurred by the Young Farmer teacher in fulfillment of
            educational duties and responsibilities shall be defrayed in accordance to State
            Travel regulations.

     Policy A: State travel funds shall be utilized for local program instructional purposes, state
               approved staff development, and state approved Young Farmer organization
               activities. No less than 80% of the travel allotment will be utilized for Young Farmer
               Agribusiness Program instructional activities.
                                                                              1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: The Young Farmer teacher shall submit a monthly travel report documenting
               expenses incurred in completing official duties to the local system as specified by the
               local system policy and to the State Young Farmer Coordinator by the 10th of the
               month following incurred expenses.
                                                                             1 2 3 4 5

     Policy C: The local system shall annually provide a minimum of 20% additional travel funds
               beyond the state allotment.
                                                                        1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met




Standard 5: The school system shall provide instructional facilities, equipment and supplies
            to support the Young Farmer Agribusiness Program.

     Policy A: The local system shall budget a minimum of $1500 for instructional materials,
               consumable supplies, and equipment for the Young Farmer Agribusiness Program in

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                the local vocational education plan.
                                                                           1   2   3   4   5

     Policy B: The Young Farmer teacher shall develop a budget and rationale for expenditure of
               funds prior to the beginning of the fiscal year and follow local regulations for
               spending budgeted funds.
                                                                             1 2 3 4 5

     Policy C: The Young Farmer teacher shall develop and maintain a property inventory of
               assigned supplies and equipment.
                                                                        1 2 3 4 5

     Policy D: The Young Farmer teacher shall properly store and maintain assigned supplies and
               equipment.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 6: The Young Farmer teacher shall be accessible to program participants and
            system administration during the regular hours of all contracted work days.

     Policy A: The local system shall provide for the Young Farmer teacher to be accessible to
               Young Farmers and school administration through use of a pager or cellular phone.

                                                                           1   2   3   4   5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 7: The local system shall maintain a long-range plan for program improvement in
            the areas of accountability and instructional effectiveness.

     Policy A: The Young Farmer teacher shall provide the leadership in developing, implementing
               and evaluating the long range plan for program improvement.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: As an electronic data transmission system is developed for the program on the state
               level, the local system shall cooperate with the state in providing for the Young
               Farmer teacher resources, such as computer equipment, modem, phone line, etc., to
               facilitate reporting, accountability and instruction.
                                                                              1 2 3 4 5


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                                                                                     Met
                                                                                     Not Met

Standard 8: The Young Farmer Agribusiness Program shall be reviewed and evaluated by
            the local system administration.

     Policy A: The teacher's secondary instructional program shall be evaluated using the
               observation procedure adopted by the local system.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: The teacher's adult instructional activities shall be documented by an activity report,
               which shall be reviewed monthly by his/her immediate supervisor.
                                                                             1 2 3 4 5

     Policy C: A state approved annual report shall be compiled by the Young Farmer teacher,
               approved by the local system administration, and submitted to the State Young
               Farmer Coordinator by June 30.
                                                                          1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                         Met
                                                                                         Not Met

Standard 9: The Young Farmer teacher shall not be assigned regularly scheduled extra duty
            activities except when they do not conflict with Young Farmer Agribusiness
            Program activities.

     Policy A: The Young Farmer teacher's daily schedule shall be planned to allow for maximum
               focus on working on educational activities with Young Farmer participants.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                         Met
                                                                                         Not Met



Standard 10: The Young Farmer teacher shall be a certified teacher of Agricultural Education
             with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a field of Agriculture.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met

Standard 11: The Young Farmer teacher shall have a minimum of three years of experience
             teaching Agricultural Education.
                                                                            Met

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                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 12: The Young Farmer teacher shall document a minimum of 20 hours of
             participation in technical training activities annually beyond staff development
             scheduled by the State Young Farmer Coordinator.
                                                                                   Met
                                                                                   Not Met

Standard 13: The Young Farmer teacher shall exhibit by application a working knowledge
             and understanding of professionalism in education.
                                                                             Met
                                                                             Not Met

Standard 14: The Young Farmer teacher shall participate as a member of the local
             Agricultural Education staff in the planning, developing and implementing of
             local department educational activities.

     Policy A: All Agricultural Education teachers shall participate cooperatively in the planning of
               all phases of the local program of education in agriculture (secondary, middle, young
               farmer, adult, FFA, SAE, food processing, and Young Farmers Association).
                                                                             1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

Standard 15: The Young Farmer teacher shall assist the regular teacher/teachers of
             Agricultural Education in organizing and maintaining departmental facilities
             and equipment.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met



Standard 16: The Young Farmer teacher shall keep the system administration informed of the
             Young Farmer Agribusiness Program activities by posting a weekly itinerary at
             the beginning of each week.

     Policy A: The Young Farmer teacher shall review with system administration the objectives,
               activities and accomplishments of the local Young Farmer program.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                       Met
                                                                                       Not Met

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Standard 17: The Young Farmer teacher shall organize and conduct not less than 20 classes
             for eligible adult participants with a minimum enrollment of 10 individuals per
             instructional activity.

     Policy A: A class shall consist of a minimum of 2 hours of instruction when conducted in a
               classroom setting and a minimum of 4 hours when conducted in a laboratory setting.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: The Young Farmer teacher may not receive credit for more than 2 classes within a
               day, and no more than 20% of annual required classes shall come from a single
               instructional area as outlined in the Young Farmer Curriculum Guide.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                     Met
                                                                                     Not Met

Standard 18: The Young Farmer teacher shall document through the monthly activity report
             instruction on an individual or small group basis for program participants with
             a minimum average of 30 instructional contacts per month.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met
Standard 19: The Young Farmer teacher shall document through MIS Data a minimum
             annual enrollment of 75 eligible individuals.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met

Standard 20: The Young Farmer teacher shall teach one unit of Agricultural Education in
             grades 9 through 12.


     Policy A: The Young Farmer teacher's secondary class shall be first period. NOTE: If the
               system is operating on a block schedule the young farmer teacher must be released
               from secondary class instruction by 10 AM daily.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                     Met
                                                                                     Not Met

Standard 21: The Young Farmer teacher shall be responsible for the supervision of SAE and
             FFA activities of students who are enrolled in the secondary class.
                                                                                 Met
                                                                                 Not Met

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Standard 22: The Young Farmer teacher shall organize and maintain a local chapter of the
             Georgia Young Farmers Association by serving as the advisor.

     Policy A: The Young Farmer teacher shall maintain a Young Farmer membership roster of not
               less than 45 active members with the majority being full-time farmers or agribusiness
               men.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: A chapter program of activities shall be developed jointly by the Young Farmer
               teacher and the current fiscal year officers of the local chapter by October 1 that
               includes participation opportunities for members on the local, regional, state and
               national level.
                                                                              1 2 3 4 5

                                                                                         Met
                                                                                         Not Met

Standard 23: The Young Farmer teacher shall organize and maintain a local advisory
             committee for the local Young Farmer program.

     Policy A: Membership on the advisory committee shall include, in addition to the leadership of
               the Young Farmer Chapter, educational, agricultural and community leaders.
                                                                         1 2 3 4 5

     Policy B: The Young Farmer teacher shall document through committee meeting minutes the
               review of the objectives, activities and accomplishments of the local Young Farmer
               program.
                                                                           1 2 3 4 5

     Policy C: Two meetings per year.
                                                                             1   2   3   4   5

                                                                                         Met
                                                                                         Not Met

Standard 24: The Young Farmer teacher shall maintain an organized filing system, which
             shall include:
                                                                  (Check if Met)
      A. Agricultural education Standards and Policy Manual
      B. Program of Work
      C. Monthly Activities Reports

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        D.   Monthly Travel Reports
        E.   Young Farmer Class Instruction Reports
        F.   Young Farmer Class Rolls
        G.   Secondary Class Instruction Reports
        H.   Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes
        I.   Young Farmer Membership Roster
        J.   MIS Report
        K.   Course Calendar
        L.   Annual Report
        M.   Chapter Program of Activities
        N.   Potential Constituent File
        O.   Departmental Meeting Minutes
        P.   Constituent Surveys and Summary
        Q.   Equipment and Supply Inventory
        R.   Young farmer Teacher Annual Budget
        S.   Young farmer Curriculum Guide
        T.   Young farmer Task List

Standard 25: A local system approved Young Farmer Program of Work shall be submitted to
             the State Young Farmer/Adult Coordinator’s office by June 1.
                                                                           Met
                                                                           Not Met

Standard 26: A Course Calendar, which outlines the annual instructional program according
             to state guidelines, shall be submitted to the State Young Farmer/Adult
             Coordinator’s office by October 1.
                                                                                Met
                                                                                Not Met

Standard 27: A local Young Farmer Chapter membership roster and dues shall be submitted
             to the State Young Farmer/Adult Coordinator’s office by February 1.
                                                                             Met
                                                                             Not Met

Standard 28: A monthly activity report signed by the teacher shall be submitted to the State
             Young Farmer/Adult Coordinator’s office by the 10th of each month.
                                                                                Met
                                                                                Not Met

Standard 29: A monthly expense statement signed by the teacher shall be submitted to the
             State Young Farmer/Adult Coordinator’s office by the 10th of each month.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met

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Standard 30: A class instructional summary signed by the teacher for each organized Young
             Farmer class shall be submitted along with a signed participant class roll to the
             State Young Farmer/Adult Coordinator’s office by the 10th of each month.
                                                                                Met
                                                                                Not Met

Standard 31: An MIS summary of all adult participants’ instruction during the year shall be
             submitted to the State Young Farmer Coordinator’s office by June 30.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met

Standard 32: An annual report shall be developed and submitted to the State Young
             Farmer/Adult Coordinator’s office by June 30.
                                                                              Met
                                                                              Not Met

Standard 33: A summary of the constituent survey conducted by the Young Farmer teacher
             shall be submitted to the State Young Farmer/Adult Coordinator’s office by
             February 15.
                                                                             Met
                                                                             Not Met

Standard 34: Secondary class reports shall be submitted to the State Young Farmer/Adult
             Coordinator’s office by September 15 and February 15.
                                                                               Met
                                                                               Not Met




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     AREA TEACHER PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Georgia Area Teacher Program is to provide premier leadership, educational
resources and enrichment activities for the encouragement and promotion of quality educational
experiences for Georgia’s youth and adults in Agricultural Education.


Goals and Objectives:

1.      To provide specialized instruction for agriculture teachers, adults, and in-school students to
        meet the needs of the agricultural industry and educational system.

2.      To provide specialized assistance to teachers of agriculture to meet the needs of cutting edge
        technology in agriculture including facilities, equipment and laboratories.

3.      To provide staff development opportunities for agriculture teachers through in-service
        programs.

4.      To assist in the leadership and career development skills of youth and adults in agriculture
        through assistance with activities of FFA and the Georgia Young Farmer Associations.

5.      To prepare instructional materials for use in agriculture classes.

7.      To remain knowledgeable and technologically proficient in one or more specialty areas of
        agriculture in which agriculture teachers and students need assistance.

8.      To serve as a liaison between the Agricultural Education Program and the agricultural
        industry.

9.      To provide an opportunity for individuals to maintain the values for our society.




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                                AREA TEACHER JOB DESCRIPTION

Under the direct supervision of the State Director of Agricultural Education or his designee, and in
full compliance with the standards set forth for the Area Agriculture Teacher Program by the Georgia
State Board of Education, the Area Agriculture Teacher shall:

1.      Provide technical assistance to agriculture teachers in teaching classes.

2.      Provide instruction for groups where instructional services are provided in connection with a
        local Agricultural Education program.

3.      Provide technical assistance to agriculture teachers in the maintenance and operation of
        specialized agriculture facilities, laboratories and equipment.

4.      Coordinate and provide staff development in-service training activities in technical areas for
        agriculture teachers.

5.      Coordinate or assist with organizational, career and leadership development activities for
        FFA and the Georgia Young Farmers Association.

6.      Plan and prepare instructional materials for use in agriculture classes.

7.      Participate in professional training activities that will assist him/her in becoming or
        remaining knowledgeable and technologically proficient in problem or interest areas that will
        benefit the Agricultural Education program.

8.      Perform related instructional activities that are necessary for the planning and conducting of
        successful instructional programs, fulfilling of administrative requirements of the Area
        Teacher program, documentation of program activities and compliance with program
        requirements.

9.      Carry out other duties and responsibilities as requested by his/her immediate supervisor.

10.     Serve as a liaison between the Agricultural Education Program and the agricultural industry.




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                            AREA TEACHER PROGRAM STANDARDS

Area teachers shall prepare an annual program of work using the Performance Management Form
(PMF) from the Georgia Department of Education. The State Director of Agricultural Education or
their designee shall approve the program of work and review the performance of each area teacher
based on the PMF on an annual basis.

The Area Teacher shall:

Standard 1: Work under the direction and supervision of a Regional Coordinator and
            State Director of Agricultural Education.

Standard 2: Assist local teachers in organizing and conducting classes for eligible adult
            participants.

Standard 3: Provide specialized teaching assistance to teachers and students of
            Agricultural Education for in-school and out-of-school activities.

Standard 4: Provide specialized assistance to teachers of Agricultural Education in
            organizing and maintaining departmental facilities and equipment.

Standard 5: Maintain contact with agricultural industry organizations and personnel
            related to their specialty areas.

Standard 6: Determine the need for staff development training activities for Agriculture
            Education teachers, as well as coordinate and provide instruction in the
            specialized areas of need.

Standard 7: Be accessible to program clients and administrators during work hours of all
            contracted work days. The Area Teacher shall be provided with and make use
            of e-mail and a pager.

Standard 8: Coordinate or assist with organizational, career and leadership development
            activities for FFA and the Georgia Young Farmers Association.

Standard 9: Plan and prepare instructional materials for use in agriculture classes.

Standard 10: Maintain a record of program improvement in the areas of accountability
             and instructional effectiveness. The Area Teacher shall provide the leadership
             in developing, implementing and evaluating the long-range plan for program
             improvement within their specialty/assigned work area.

Standard 11: Participate in and document a minimum of 20 hours per year of

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                participation in self-improvement training activities. Training activities shall be
                selected which will assist the teacher in becoming or
                remaining knowledgeable and technologically proficient in problem
                or interest areas that will benefit the Agricultural Education program.

Standard 12: Exhibit by application a working knowledge and understanding of
             professionalism in education and expertise in at least one area of technical
             agriculture.

Standard 13: Participate as a member of one of the technical area instructional teams in
             Agriculture Education. These teams include horticulture, forestry,
             mechanics, animal science, agriscience, farm management and others as
             defined by the State Agricultural Education Staff.

Standard 14: Keep the Region Coordinator, State Director of Agriculture Education and
             co-workers informed of their activities by making available an itinerary.

Standard 15: Maintain an organized filing system, which shall include:
             A.    Agricultural Education Standards and Policy Manual
             B.    Program of Work
             C.    Monthly Activities Reports
             D.    Monthly Travel Reports
             E.    Adult Class Instruction Reports
             F.    Adult Class Rolls, Reports and Evaluations
             G.    MIS Reporting Information
             H.    Annual Report
             I.    Equipment Inventory
             J.    Curriculum Guides and Technical Reference Materials
             K.    Leave Records

Standard 16: Document instruction and other services provided to the Agricultural Education
             profession through monthly activity reports and the annual report.

Standard 17: Prepare and submit an annual program of work to the Regional Coordinator
             by June 30.

Standard 18: Utilize state travel funds in fulfillment of instructional duties, approved staff
             development and other state approved Agriculture Education activities.
             Expenses shall be defrayed in accordance to State Travel Regulations.



Standard 19: Perform other duties and responsibilities as requested by his/her immediate

Agricultural Education Program Standards and Policy Manual: Revised 1997                32
                supervisor necessary for planning and conducting successful instructional
                programs, fulfilling administrative requirements of the Area Teacher program,
                documentation of program activities and compliance with program
                requirements.




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DEFINITIONS:

Agribusiness - a business that provides goods and services for the production, harvesting,
processing, marketing and distribution of agricultural products.

Agriculture - the science and art of producing, harvesting, processing and marketing plants and
animals useful to man.

Area adult teacher - certified agricultural education teacher employed to provide technical
assistance to teachers of agriculture in teaching short-term adult classes, assist in improving in-
school specialized classes, improve teacher skills, and conduct leadership and career development
events.

Food systems technology center - a facility maintained and operated by the school system to
provide instructional services in preparing, processing and preserving foods.

Food Systems Technology Program - a program designed to teach and assist persons in the
procurement, processing and preserving of food. The program makes it possible for families to
preserve the most nutritious foods using modern procedures in a safe environment. A contribution is
made toward providing a stored food supply which may serve against natural disasters.

Short-Term Adult Agribusiness Program - a short-term program for individuals not currently
enrolled in secondary agricultural programs but who are engaged or interested in agriculture and who
have special needs or concerns not met by other available means which can be addressed in two to
twelve hours of class instruction.

Short-term adult teacher - a certified full-time teacher of agriculture employed to provide
instruction in the Short-Term Adult Agribusiness Program.

Short-term class or course - a two to twelve hour class offered to students who are 21 years of age
or no longer a part of secondary education.

Young Farmer - an individual who is out of school and whose career objective is to become
established and/or more proficient in agricultural production, agricultural management or an
agribusiness occupation.

Young Farmer Agribusiness Program - a program that provides educational instruction and
opportunities to individuals’ interested or engaged in agriculture. The program seeks to increase the
individual’s proficiency in agricultural production, management, agribusiness, and leadership and
seeks to meet the mission statement, goals and objectives of the program.




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