High school students enrolled in agriculture education courses have the unique opportunity to go beyond the classroom and learn real-world applications in a number of disciplines

High school students enrolled in agriculture education courses have the unique opportunity to go beyond the classroom and learn real-world applications in a number of disciplines.

Whether it is in agricultural mechanics, livestock evaluation or a dozen other areas of learning the Missouri Agricultural Skills and Knowledge Assessment Industry Recognized Credential (MOASK IRC) program recognizes students performing at a proficient level as determined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Palmyra R-1 High School students who have completed the required education and training and have demonstrated proficiency in one or several of 15:

Soils Evaluation: Drew Billups, Liz Bimson, Olivia Lehenbauer, Emelia Ridout; Farm Business Management: Paige Billups, Chase Goldinger, Hope Hudson, Jackson Lundberg, Kinsey Tiemann, Boyd Triplett; Meats Evaluation: Kaibella Clay, Caleb Juette; Nursery Landscaping: Grady Crowe, Jared DeHaan; Agronomy: Chris Drebes, Jacob Webster; Floriculture: Brett Griesbaum, Tisha Richmond, Zachary Rosenkrans, Bennett Sutter; Entomology: Augustine Mahsman, Ji Yong Ni, Evan Nierman, Timothy Wellman; Agriculture Mechanics: Jackson Powell.

Palmyra R-I High School vocational education teachers Amanda Haeberlin and Luke Mahsman joined Marion County Farm Bureau President Joe Kendrick in presenting the MOASK IRC certificates.

The technical skills assessments are conducted much like Future Farmers of America (FFA) judging events, but the results are used to determine a student's proficiency and not for competitive award purposes. The program compliments the three circle model for delivering agricultural education in schools. The circles represent learning in the classroom, leadership through the FFA and hands-on training through each students Supervised Agricultural Experience.

Sponsors Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture are proud to partner with DESE and take an active role in the program. County Farm Bureau leaders are responsible for the verifying the rigor of each event, ensuring requirements are met and providing certificates for students deemed proficient.

“Ultimately, we want to add value to the experiences our youth gain through agriculture education,” said Kendrick. “We believe these credentials will benefit students as they pursue higher education and/or vocational training, apply for scholarships and ultimately enter the workforce.”