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Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CTE Career Cluster)

Agriculture Education Logo  School-based agricultural education (SBAE) is an essential educational program delivered to over 13,000 students engaged in 199 Agricultural Education programs taught by over 230 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 StandardsPDFRevised 2015. National Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Career Cluster Content Standards
National Quality Program StandardsPDFNational Quality Program Standards For Secondary (Grades 9-12) Agricultural Education

Supervised Agricultural Experience Resources

SAE For All Student GuidePDF 
SAE For All Teacher GuidePDF 

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 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 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.

Career Pathway Resources

CPPSA Updates 2018-2019PDFInformation and updates for completing the 2018-2019 Pathway Application

Statewide Articulation Agreements

State-wide articulation agreements have been developed for all clusters. To see those available for this cluster's pathways, click on the following link.
Statewide Articulation AgreementsLink

Kansas State Fair Agriculture Information

Certification Information

Wage & Employment Information

The following documents highlight occupational outlook within the areas named in the title of the document based on the 2012-2022 Kansas Occupational Outlook Study and the 2015-2016 National Employment Occupational Outlook Handbook. Click on each title to open.


Kurt Dillon
(785) 296-3956

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director

Branden Johnson
(785) 296-2078

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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