2013-14 Unit Plan
Agricultural Science

Mission Statement

The Butte College Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Department serves our community by providing diverse experiential learning opportunities in a progressive curriculum, using advanced technology, industry cooperation, and alumni support to prepare students for productive futures. 

Program Description

The program has one full-time instructor that is currently serving as department chair along with an addition full time instructor that shares duties between Agriculture Business and Agriculture/Agriculture Science. There are three part-time instructors teaching courses from entomology to animal science.  The agriculture Science program is inclusive of animal science, plant science and general agriculture. Program lacks hands-on opportunities on campus in areas of livestock handling, management and feeding.

Future Development Strategy

Strategy 1

To collaborate with Chico State University Agriculture programs to ensure that are student meet the enrollment criteria for transfer.

Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture

  • Supporting Rationale
    The majority of Animal Science students are transferring, mostly to CSUC, where Animal Science is the second largest component of the College of Agriculture. Future Agriculture Educators have a need for more hands-on activities in the areas of livestock management and feeding, Welding and Horticulture. We are focused on an Agriculture Science and Agriculture Education pathway leading to CSUC while attracting students to Butte College. To increase enrollment and serve new students who cannot directly access the university system we must increase our resources on campus.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 2

    Develop animal lab activities on campus for hands-on learning opportunities.

    Initiatives
  • Focusing on student success
  • Valuing a culture of learning
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    We need to develop some animal lab activities on campus for hands-on learning opportunities. Most of our Animal Science lab activities must be held at other sites where there are animals, as we have no production unit on campus. Our plans also will incorporate a major and unique sustainability element. We would like to create a sustainable demonstration model with pigs and chickens that would engage students in hands on learning and expose them to “local food” production systems. With a new focus on Animal Science and Agriculture Education, our current Agriculture Science and Animal Science courses will be enhanced with “real world” experiences. Permanent pastures will be developed to replace haying operations that occur on marginal ground. The costs to create the pigs and chicken enterprise will be covered by the farm account at no cost to the district. The new fodder feeding system will aid in the reduction of feed costs for both pigs and chickens. Students will learn about alternative feeding programs that can reduce overall feeds cost especially when looking at feeding programs for organic livestock/meat products.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Maintaining core programs and services
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Strategy 3

    Continue efforts to offer courses and advise students in the area of crops and plant protection.

    Initiatives
  • Inspiring passion through collaboration
  • Focusing on student success
  • Enhancing an innovative, responsive, and accountable culture
  • Modelling sustainability

  • Supporting Rationale
    With the addition of 2 new Plant Protection courses in AGS/EH, we now can offer a 42 unit Program approved by the Department of Pesticide Regulation that will allow a student along with 2 years of related work experience to quality to take the state licensure exam to become a Certified Pest Control Advisor. The Chancellors office has approved a certificate of achievement in Plant Protection. With the additional course work along with the retirement of the Natural Resource/Ag Science instructor the program desperately needs a replacement instructor/leadership that will work primarily with the plant science component of both Agriculture Science and Environment Horticulture.

    Supporting Rationale Alignment
  • Supports Previous Program Review Recommendations
  • Supports Changes from Student Learning Outcomes Assessment
  • Resolving health, life, and safety issues
  • Increasing student success
  • Establishing new initiatives that support the Strategic Direction
  • Maintaining the appropriate program and service mix between the main campus and outlying centers
  • Required Resources

    Project 1.

    Some fencing will be required and a working area for animals will need to be completed. Deb Conway and student workers will complete these projects. The capital outlay for this enterprise account will not have any direct costs to the college. The funding for the project will come from sponsorships, grants and/or the farm account. Pigs, chicks and feed Total $5,000

    Project 2.

    Complete a greenhouse for hydroponic production of: a). livestock fodder and b). human food for cafeteria, faculty, staff and students. The structure itself along with heater, gas and water is already in place. The wiring for heater, ventilation and outlets will come from farm accounts and grants. Electrical and gas hookups - $6500

    Equipment:

    Project 1.

    Fencing and Portable shelter for pigs and chickens ($5000) Project 2. Farm funds and grants will help to purchase the hydroponic growing systems. a. Fodder System – already purchased - $4000 b. System for lettuce, greens etc. - already purchased - $6000

    Current Revenue Stream

    SIFE program has committed $5000 to the pig and chicken project.

    Farm Fund Account (dollars generated from hay and crop sales over the years) will cover the remainder of the cost

    Augmentation Requests

    None