Ag Economics / Government​  
Prerequisites: 12th grade agriculture pathway students / Active FFA student

The Ag Economics course is designed for the student interested in understanding the operations and institutions of economic systems as applied to our nation’s largest industry—agriculture. Units of instruction include basic economic concepts, comparative economic systems, individual and aggregate economic behavior and international trade and policy. Instruction is also given in leadership, citizenship, and career education.


This course focuses on the structure and processes of the United States Government System. Initial emphasis will be on the responsibilities and rights of citizenship, voting, political parties, elections, campaigns, the Constitution, the branches of government, and the Bill of Rights. Additionally, the course will compare the political powers at the local, state, national, and global levels. A consistent focus throughout the course will be an analysis of the role that both the government and the voters play in developing policies and laws affecting the Agricultural Industry. 


This course also qualifies students to participate in all local, state, and national FFA events/activities throughout the  year as an official state and national FFA member.

This course meets AHS Economics and Government graduation requirement/credit

​This course meets CTE Agri-Business pathway concentration course credit

Ag Leadership​  
Prerequisites: 11th & 12th grade students who HAVE taken Ag Communications course or instructor approval

Course is designed for students who share a common vision towards the growth and development of the agriculture/FFA program. Students will be encompassed in a variety of leadership, management, and employability, public speaking, and community service skills. “Hands-on” learning utilizing computers, technology, and advanced communications will be addressed. One of the primary objectives of the class is to organize, prepare, and implement the AHS Agriculture Program / FFA Program of Activities.

Students are expected to carry positive attributes such as a positive attitude, productive work ethic, strong initiative and desire to work towards a common goal / vision, and the willingness to “be involved”.

This course also qualifies students to participate in all local, state, and national FFA events/activities throughout the  year as an official state and national FFA member.

This course is Merced College 2+2 articulated college credit course

​This course meets CTE Agri-Business pathway concentration course credit

Ag Communications​  (NEW for 2018-2019)
Prerequisites: 10th grade students or 11th & 12th grade students who have NOT taken Ag Leadership course

Agricultural Communications is an introduction to variety of communications styles associated with agriculture and leadership. Students will learn how to write with an understanding of audience and purpose, how to gather information from a variety of sources, how to analyze complex information and how to present it in a appropriate written, visual and/or oral format depending on the objective.  Students will also learn to deliver polished formal impromptu, prepared, extemporaneous and job interview presentations. This course will also align and coordinate with the Ag Leadership course when leadership associated goals and objectives align with the Ag Communications course.

This course also qualifies students to participate in all local, state, and national FFA events/activities throughout the  year as an official state and national FFA member.

This course is pending (spring 2018) UC/CSU “G” credit for admissions

​This course meets CTE Agri-Business pathway concentration course credit

Ag Sales and Marketing  (NEW for 2018-2019)
Prerequisites: 11th or 12th grade students / Ag Communications or Ag Leadership course

This class is a basic understanding and survey of the business within the agriculture industry with a specific emphasis on agriculture sales, marketing and advertising. It is an introduction to agriculture business and its impact on the agricultural producer, consumer and the food system, and how these concepts are applied to create, sell and market agriculture products. The management principles encountered in the day to day operation of an agricultural enterprise are stressed as they relate to the decision making process.

This course also qualifies students to participate in all local, state, and national FFA events/activities throughout the  year as an official state and national FFA member.

This course is pending (spring 2018) UC/CSU “G” credit for admissions

​This course meets CTE Agri-Business pathway capstone course credit

Atwater High School Agriculture Courses

Agri-Business Pathway Courses


Ag Comminications         Ag Economics / Government         Ag Leadership          Ag Sales and Marketing