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Agricultural Education Program Development Timeline

Before you can start an FFA Chapter at your high school you must first have a state approved Agriculture Education Program.

Agriculture Education Program Development Timeline

Agriculture and the food, fiber and natural resource system is America's most creative, productive and basic industry.  Much of this country's success in agriculture can be attributed to a sound program of education.  To advance a dynamic and efficient agriculture, food and natural resource system and to assure the continued well-being of our society, first-rate education must continue to be a high priority.  Agricultural Education is a cooperative effort among educational institutions, government agencies and food, fiber and natural resource-related businesses to ensure a strong and vibrant agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource system for Colorado.


The steps listed below are a guide to the successful implementation of an Agricultural Education Program that will prepare students for successful careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture!


Step 1 – Secure Support of Local Administration

  • DetermineColorado Vocational Act (State) Reimbursement and Federal Reimbursement Potential

  • Define Value to School and Community

Step 2 – Contact Agricultural Program Director, Emily Fickbohm

Step 3 – Course Planning & Scheduling

  • Determine pathways of interest 

  • Review the state course titles and which courses help provide a progression of learing with levels 1-4

  • Plan for Student Awareness

Step 4 – Form Advisory Committee

  • Identify 5-7 individuals from diverse backgrounds with 51% of the members coming from business business and industry

  • Assess community resources, needs and interests

  • Host an initial meeting to review implementation plan for agriculture education program


Step 5 – Advertise for and Hire Instructor

  • Contact Emily Fickbohm to post on Colorado FFA Website and email within Colorado listserv. 

Step 5 – Start developing a Program Approval

  • Contact Emily Fickbohm to assist with the online program approval process.

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