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Please feel free to contact Mr. James Abbas for any questions that you may have.

High School Address:

 918 4th Ave. Ackley, IA 50601

Email: jabbas@agwsr.org

Phone: 641-847-2633

Ag Classes

Here at AGWSR, we offer various types of agriculture based classes.  The varieties seem to please the interests of all of our students.  Did you know the first step to be an FFA member is enrolling in an Ag class?

Iowa Agriculture at Test Plot
Iowa Agriculture

Iowa Agriculture

Term: Year

Grade Level: 9,10,11,12

Prerequisite: None

Description: This is a year-long introductory course on the study of Agriculture in Iowa. Topics to be studied include: soils, leadership opportunities in the FFA, parliamentary procedure,  the animal industry, animal evaluation, electricity and a variety of other topics. 

Electricity in the Lab
Electricity in the Lab

Electricity

Term: Semester

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Prerequisite: None

Description: This semester course deals with understanding the fundamentals of electricity with hands-on experiences. Areas of study include, how energy is produced and used, the National Electric code, estimation electrical cost, service entrance panels, wiring diagrams, wire selection, electrical circuit planning, practice wiring laboratories, fuses and circuit breakers, electrical light and heat. It is recommended that students be upperclassmen.

Welding in the Shop
Welding in the Shop

Welding

Term: Semester

Grade Level: 10,11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Description: This semester course is working mainly with welding processes.  The first nine weeks of the course will be focused on learning safety and the theory behind the welding processes.  The second nine weeks of the course will be focused on skill development. The students will be assigned tasks in the areas of gas, MIG, and arc welding and practice their technique until they can successfully complete each task.

student working on his tractor
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Ag Mechanics

Term: Full Year

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Prerequisite: None

Description: This full year course is a study of Ag Mechanics.  Great time will be spent learning how to develop skills in mechanics such as changing tires, tractor restoration, and advanced welding techniques.  

Horticulture in the School Greenhouse
Horticulture

Horticulture

Term: Semester

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

Description: A course designed for upper level students interested in one of the most rapidly growing  areas of Agriculture in America.  Horticulture explores the basic principles in cultivation, processing, and sale of fruits, nuts, vegetables, ornamental plants, and flowers.  This coarse also explores many different career opportunities, preparing you for a job in this growing field.

Nursery Landscaping at the Village
Landscaping at the Village

Nursery Landscaping

Term: Semester

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

This hands on semester course is broken into to pieces in which both pieces will utilize the school greenhouse.  Everyone has a lawn and turf grass will be the focus of this class for nine weeks.  Grass selection, establishment and maintenance will be the focus.  The class will also have nine weeks of study in the nursery landscape area.  Students will learn how to incorporate plants into the landscape.  The classes focus will be on perennials, shrubs and trees.  The class will have a large outdoor project they plan each year.

Animal Science Dissection Lab
Animal Science Dissection Lab

Animal Science

Dual Enrolled With Ellsworth Community College

Term: Semester

Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None

This course is an overview of management and production practices primarily associated with cattle, swine, sheep and equine.  Other species such as poultry, dairy and aquaculture will be addressed.  Topics will include Nutrition, Reproduction, Management, Marketing, Evaluation, and Health.  Industry trends and economics will be covered also.

Agronomy Class with Servi Tech Agronomist
Agronomy Class with Servi Tech Agronomist

Agronomy

Term: Semester

Grade Level: 10,11,12

Prerequisite: None

Description: This is a semester course is a study of Agronomy in Iowa.  Great time will be spent learning how to identify weeds and crops.  We will also focus on how to evaluate crops for quality, how to complete computations related to agronomy and how to grow crops here in Iowa.