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Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Agriculture Education Logo  School-based agricultural education (SBAE) is an essential educational program delivered to over 10,000 students engaged in 172 Agricultural Education programs taught by over 190 instructors in school districts across the state of Kansas. 

The Mission of Agricultural Education: Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.

To Accomplish this Mission:
The complete agricultural education program will target students through:

  • Contextual, inquiry-based instruction and learning through an interactive classroom and laboratory
  • Premier leadership, personal growth and career success through engagement in FFA activities and programs
  • Experiential, service and/or work-based learning through the implementation of a supervised agricultural experience program.

We aspire for excellence as we recruit, prepare and encourage individuals to pursue agricultural careers in life skills through agricultural education.

We serve the community and inform them about agriculture, its needs, opportunities and challenges, as well as provide life long career skills.

Agricultural Education programs will respond to community needs and Kansas' agriculture needs. It will prepare students to be College and Career Ready and to participate as leaders and managers in a global economy.


National Agriculture Standards Documents

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster Content StandardsNational Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards
National Quality Program StandardsNational Quality Program Standards For Secondary (Grades 9-12) Agricultural Education

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Pathway Design Sheets with Competencies

The pathway design sheets listed below include a list of the course options within each pathway and the competency profiles for each of those courses. These design sheets are good for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years unless otherwise noted.

AFNR College and Career Ready Skills and Competencies

These are to be included in all Agriculture Pathways and courses. Agriculture Pathway Concentrators shall be able to meet at least 80% of the College and Career Ready Skills competencies. The College and Career Ready Skills will be phased out of the individual course competencies as course competencies are revised. This competency profile provides the standards for all Agriculture Pathways for College and Career Ready Skills. Click the link below to access the complete list.

AFNR College and Career Ready Skills

Career Pathway Resources

Career Pathway Program of Study Application 2014-2015 UpdatesStep-by-step instructions for completing the KSDE Career Pathway Application.

Statewide Articulation Agreements

The state-wide articulation agreements are listed below by post-secondary institution. The name of the document includes the name of the post-secondary institution and the pathway addressed in the agreement. Click on the title of the document to open the document and examine the details of the agreement.

Kansas State Fair Agriculture Information

2014 Ag Ed/FFA State FairbookRules and regulations for 2014 Kansas State Fair Ag Ed and FFA entries.
Agriculture Mechanics Score SheetsKansas State Fair Score Sheet for Agricultural Mechanics
County Collective BoothsFFA County Collective Exhibits Score Card 2003
State Fair Entry FormKansas State Fair Ag Ed Entry Form
Teacher Guide to the State FairTeacher's Guide For Exhibiting in the Agricultural Mechanics Agriculture Science County Collective Booths Division at the Kansas State Fair

Wage & Employment Information

The following documents highlight occupational outlook within the areas named in the title of the document based on the 2010-2020 Kansas Occupational Outlook Study and the 2012-2013 National Employment Occupational Outlook Handbook. Click on each title to open.


Kurt Dillon
(785) 296-3956

Deputy Commissioner
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career Standards and Assessments

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education
Jay Scott
(785) 296-3951

Assistant Director
Academic Standards
Jeannette Nobo
(785) 296-2078

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