Four classes are offered in the Agricultural and Environmental Science and Technology (AEST) program:

Concepts of Agriscience
(Grades 9 & 10)
This class is designed to introduce students to the sciences, technologies and applied practices of the progressive agriculture/agricience industry. (Counts as a Science credit towards graduation)

Science of Environmental Agriculture
(Grades 10, 11, 12)
(1 Credit) - This course is designed to introduce and develop skills in environmental areas related to the use and management of natural resources in the food and fiber systems. (Prerequisite: Concepts or Biology I)

Science of Agricultural Plants
(Grades 10, 11, 12)
(1 credit) - This course develops competencies related to the production of food, fiber, ornamental, and other purposes. (Prerequisite: Concepts or Biology I)

Science of Agricultural Animals
(Grades 10,11, 12)
(1 Credit)-This course focuses on the development of skills and knowledge related to the anatomy & physiology, growth & nutrition, breeding & reproduction, evaluation, health, and management of agricultural & other domesticated animals. (Prerequisite: Concepts or Biology I)


Bert Anderson, Teacher
Bert Anderson is a native of Canton, MS. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Mississippi State University in 1994. His background as a herdsman for Naugher Dairy Farm, Martin Polled Herefords, and an employee for the Department of Agriculture-Petroleum Division will be beneficial in leading students to realize the many opportunities in the agriculture field. Mr. Anderson wants to pass along his passion for agriculture, so his students can tap into their love and desires and set their goals on them and have long and productive careers in agriculture. He is married to Melanie Clayton Anderson and has two children Hannah and Hayden.

Admission Requirements
9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students with an interest in agriscience or related careers are eligible to participate in this program.

Student Organization
The AEST program is also a part of the National FFA Organization. FFA is an intercurricular program that is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young people by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. All students enrolled in AEST are members of FFA and have the opportunity to participate in contests and compete for scholarships.

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