Leadership Development

Decision Making Process

Identify, research and plan an action, present to stakeholders, then review input.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning means learning from experience or learning by doing.

Leadership Traits

Understand how personal qualities can shape effective leaders and how to utilize your strengths to benefit a group or lead you to an enjoyable career path.


Students should learn more about themselves and be able to match careers to their interests.


Becoming an active member of a community by involving yourself with local groups or serving as a mentor.


This includes strategies and skills that students gain to help them find success when learning something new, in studying for something, etc.

Technical Skills

Hands-on, learning by doing activities that can help students utilize the academic skills they’ve been gaining as well as abilities they already have or wish to have.

Personal Health

Actions students can take to develop personal growth through the four areas of: body, mind, spirit, and social, as a balanced personal growth model.


This is knowing how to find information for, develop support for, and speak out about different AFNR areas, whether highly debatable or simple.

Effective Communication

This is the ability to share information with an audience or individual- which can be written, verbal, or nonverbal.

Types of Divergent Thinking

Divergent thinking refers to being creative.

Environmental Characteristics of Creativity

The environment plays a critical role in an individual's ability to demonstrate creativity and innovation.

Stages of the Creative Process

There are five stages to the creative process.

Reliable Research Strategies

Employ research practices to plan and carry out investigations, create solutions, and highlight the most current findings related to workplace environments and practices.

FFA 101

Identify the core basics of the organization through the code of ethics, official dress, three circle model, vision/mission, membership and history.


This includes participating in activities which will help build leaders in younger students and mentors in older students.

Problem Based Learning

A student-centered approach in which students learn about a subject by working in groups to solve an open-ended problem, which drives the motivation and learning.

Team Building

Help your students work together effectively as a team by means of activities and events designed to increase motivation and promote cooperation.

Environmental Problem Solving

Looking at issues and trying to figure out a way to deal with their negative implications is a great way to explore problem-solving and problem-solving methodologies.

Issues Identification

Conduct a community environmental inventory and select issues that impact AFNR management.

Define AFNR

Research what the current policies and community practices are.

Implications of Policy on Agriculturalists

Government and agency policy can force regulations on AFNR activities.

Types of Issues in Agriculture

Identify current issues within the agriculture industry and categorize current issues into basic categories (trade, policy, energy, technology, infrastructure, etc.).

Research Current Policy

Public policy related to AFRN is constantly changing and evolving.

Evaluate Policy

Public policy evaluation is a process in which you examine the content, implementation or impact of a policy.

Analyzing Alternatives

Through the evaluation process questions may be raised about the validity of a current policy and possible amendments that may be made.

Identify Stakeholders

A stakeholder is a person with an interest or concern in something, especially a business.

Informing Opinions

In order to properly consider public input and make an appropriate decision, you need to have the facts.

Social Impacts

Social impacts include not only the farmer or employer but also employees and the surrounding public within the area of impact of AFNR activities.

Balancing Impacts

Balancing the economic, social and environmental impacts is the core to sustainable AFNR practices.

Business and Personal Finance

This is the ability to put together and maintain regular records for an AFNR business and/or personal means.

Examine Company Hierarchy

Understand the organizational structure of the business and its purpose in helping the company function at its best.

Goal Setting

Understand the purpose behind setting business goals as well as how to set SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely).

Impacts of Decisions

Understand how decisions can impact the agricultural industry and the world.

Current AFNR Issues

Being able to identify and research current agricultural issues and be able to describe both sides of the issue in an intelligent way to help them make a decision on where they stand.

Career Clusters

Locate and interpret career information for at least one career cluster.

Educational and Job Requirements

Identify educational and credentialing requirements for career cluster and pathways.

Career Research

Identify and explore various career pathways in AFNR.

Employability Skills

Employability skills or competencies young people need to enter the workforce.

Personal Finance

Management of money and financial decisions for a person including budgeting, savings, investments, and future planning.

Workplace Communication

This includes communicating effectively through written, oral, and non verbal methods.

Personal and Career Goal Setting

Include strategies to utilize and feel confident in setting personal and career goals for your future.

Career and College Prep

Employers want graduates who can think mathematically, communicate, create, work in teams, and solve problems.

Utilizing Technology

Find creative ways to utilize technology that is new to the AFNR industry as well as the social environment.