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Agricultural Education
AG00027
Pasture and Range Management
120.00
This is a one-credit course that will be offered in schools serving communities where pasture and range management is important. Major topics in the course include identification and importance of pasture and range plants, ownership and property, land surveying and description, range ecology, use of rangeland, types of rangeland, rangeland as wildlife habitat, and sustainable rangeland management practices, including grazing programs, seeding and fertilizing, pest management, and fire prevention. FFA and supervised experience will be included as appropriate.
Kurt Murray
kmurr@okcareertech.org
(405) 743-5489
Introduction to Agriscience



Unit
RMG1: Importance of pasture and rangeland management (8 hours)



Benchmark
RMG1-1: Students will explain the meaning and importance of pasture, rangeland,
and grassland.



Benchmark
RMG1-2: Students will distinguish between introduced pastures and native
rangeland.



Benchmark
RMG1-3: Students will distinguish between permanent and temporary pastures and
give examples in the local area.



Benchmark
RMG1-4: Students will list and explain the uses of rangeland.



Benchmark
RMG1-5: Students will explain carrying capacity and identify factors that
influence carrying capacity of pasture and rangeland.



Unit
RMG2: Career entry and advancement in pasture and rangeland (4 hours)



Benchmark
RMG2-1: Students will identify occupations in pasture and rangeland areas.

Benchmark
RMG2-2: Students will name and describe important personal skills for success
in pasture and rangeland careers.



Unit
RMG3: Pasture and rangeland safety (4 hours)



Benchmark
RMG3-1: Students will assess safety situations in pasture and rangeland work
and choose appropriate safety practices.



Benchmark
RMG3-2: Students will properly select, use, and maintain personal protective
equipment in pasture and rangeland work.



Unit
RMG4: Pasture and rangeland biology (15 hours)



Benchmark
RMG4-1: Students will identify pasture and rangeland plant species found in the
local area by common and scientific names.



Benchmark
RMG4-2: Students will classify local native plant species as grasses, forbs,
and shrubs and assess the productive potential of each.



Benchmark
RMG4-3: Students will identify major parts of grass and legume plants.



Benchmark
RMG4-4: Students will explain how grasses, forbs, and shrubs grow and
reproduce.



Benchmark
RMG4-5: Students will discuss the importance of genetics and heredity with
pasture and rangeland plants.



Benchmark
RMG4-6: Students will explain the role of photosynthesis in the capture of
energy by pasture and rangeland plants.



Unit
RMG5: Pasture and rangeland ecology (15 hours)



Benchmark
RMG5-1: Students will list and explain plant dynamics on rangeland.



Benchmark
RMG5-2: Students will relate the role of climate in rangeland ecosystems.



Benchmark
RMG5-3: Students will explain the meaning and importance of nutrient cycling in
rangeland ecosystems.



Benchmark
RMG5-4: Students will describe the roles of precipitation, evapotranspiration,
and irrigation in pasture and rangeland ecosystems.



Benchmark
RMG5-5: Students will discuss the role of pasture and rangeland as habitat for
wildlife.



Unit
RMG6: Introduced pasture (17 hours)



Benchmark
RMG6-1: Students will explain site preparation for establishing pastures.



Benchmark
RMG6-2: Students will identify and explain seeding methods and rates for local
grasses and legumes.



Benchmark
RMG6-3: Students will describe fertilization and other soil improvement
practices.



Benchmark
RMG6-4: Students will explain weed, insect, and rodent management in permanent
and temporary pastures.



Unit
RMG7: Rangeland management (19 hours)



Benchmark
RMG7-1: Students will explain how grazing programs are important in rangeland
management.



Benchmark
RMG7-2: Students will explain the importance of fire as a management tool with
rangeland.



Benchmark
RMG7-3: Students will discuss fertilization and moisture management practices
on rangeland.



Benchmark
RMG7-4: Students will explain the importance of the proper use of pesticides in
rangeland management, including requirements to become a certified pesticide
applicator



Benchmark RMG7-5: Students
will describe the meaning of the Conservation Reserve Program, including its
economic and environmental impact on agriculture.



Unit RMG8: Surveying and
describing land (17 hours)



Benchmark RMG8-1: Students
will explain the meaning and importance of land surveying.



Benchmark RMG8-2: Students
will demonstrate kinds and methods of making land measurements.



Benchmark RMG8-3: Students
will explain how land is described and the use of the base line system.



Benchmark RMG8-4: Students
will demonstrate general procedures in making property, construction, and
topographic surveys.



Benchmark RMG8-5: Students
will explain the meaning and use of remote sensing, global positioning systems,
and geographic information systems in surveying rangeland.



Unit RMG9: Fences and other
facilities (14 hours)



Benchmark RMG9-1: Students
will explain why fences are needed and identify types of fence materials.



Benchmark RMG9-2: Students
will explain the importance of property lines and demonstrate laying out fence.



Benchmark RMG9-3: Students
will demonstrate the installation of posts and wire, including brace
techniques.



Benchmark RMG9-4: Students
will demonstrate the construction or selection and installation of gates.



Benchmark RMG9-5: Students
will demonstrate the layout and construction of corals and other facilities.



Unit RMG10: Agricultural
education (7 hours)



Benchmark RMG10-1: Students
will manage an appropriate supervised experience in pasture and range
management.



Benchmark
RMG10-2: Students will identify opportunities for participation and advancement
in the FFA related to pasture and range management.










Natural Resources: Range & Soil - CTTC

http://www.okcareertech.org/testing/Skills_Standards/Agriculture_Career_Cluster.htm

Supplemental VHS and DVDs - CIMC http://www.okcimc.com

http://www.okcimc.com

Environmental Science and Technology, 2nd edition. Porter, Lee, Turner, Hillan. 2003. Interstate Publishers, Inc.
http://www.pearsonschool.com




Pasture and Range Plants, Centennial Edition. 2006. Fort Hays State University. 12th edition.


http://www.fhsu.edu/alumni/plantbook.shtml





Native Grasses of Kansas


http://spuds.agron.ksu.edu/digikey.htm


Land Judging Website

http://www.landjudging.com


Range Judging Website

http://www.rangejudging.com



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8026
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Career Majors That Sequence This Course
Career Cluster Pathway Career Major
Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Natural Resources and Environmental Science Natural Resources and Environmental Science