Making Dollars and Sense...
Adding Value to Agricultural Products
"Course in a Box"

Minnesota Agricultural Educators and University of Minnesota

Order Number: VA-MN
Price: $575.00

This course examines the social, economic, and scientific concepts related to adding value to raw and processed agricultural products. Specific topics include:
  • the agricultural impact of economics, cultures, social structures, technologies
  • agricultural processing, products, and nutrition
  • the environmental issues resulting from adding value to agricultural products

Laboratory activities will provide opportunity for:

  • examining various technologies
  • evaluating product
  • examining nutritional advantages
  • assessing economic benefits to communities
  • determining the environmental impact on various developments.

This material can easily be adapted to your teaching style, to what you need the students to learn, and placed immediately into your existing classes. This “Course in a Box” can also be used as the basis for a stand-alone course or utilized in a team-teaching environment. This curriculum is designed to lead you and your students through the process of adding value to agricultural commodities and establishing an entrepreneurship program. The lessons will help prepare students for an entrepreneurship SAE and the Ag Marketing and Ag Sales Career Development Events(CDE).

The strength of this curriculum is in its design. Minimal teacher prep time is needed since each lesson includes a detailed lesson plan, problem statements, learning objectives, principles and practices, transparency masters, worksheet/quiz masters, student activity masters, other support materials, suggested time and activity sequence charts, and comprehensive content outlines that include “teacher helps”.

This curriculum is ideal for beginning instructors and seasoned veterans alike!

This "Course in a Box" contains: Ten notebooks containing 62 lesson plans; worksheet, transparency, and quiz masters; several detailed examples; FFA-CDE guidelines; and performance and evaluation package.

  • University of Minnesota case-study on sustainable agriculture
  • Ten videotape programs
  • Two reference books and four supplemental reference packages
  • Soybean Instructional Kit (CD-ROM, video, and teacher's manual)
  • Crop ID Kit, containing ten samples and instructor's guide
  • Minnesota commodity cards
  • Approximately 20 value added product samples
  • All packaged in two resusable plastic boxes

Ten Unit - 62 Lesson Curriculum

Unit 1: Introduction to Value-added Agriculture - 5 lessons
Unit 2: Agricultural Product Utilization - 12 Lessons
Unit 3: Processing & Manufacturing of Agricultural Products - 4 Lessons
Unit 4: Social, Economic, & Environmental Impact of Agriculture - 5 Lessons
Unit 5: Product Development - 6 Lessons
Unit 6: Market Research - 5 Lessons
Unit 7: Creating a Business Plan - 8 Lessons
Unit 8: Producing the Product - 5 Lessons
Unit 9: Selling Skills - 5 Lessons
Unit 10: Evaluation - 4 Lessons

Course Objectives Students will be able to:

  • Describe ways value can be added to agricultural products.
  • Describe the foundational nature of agriculture to civilization and cultures.
  • Determine the integral nature of agriculture into the general culture.
    Describe the flow of agricultural products through the economy.
  • Describe the variety of agricultural products used in everyday living.
  • Evaluate the impact of product and monies generated by agriculture in
    everyday business.
  • Assess the social and economic advantages of adding value to rural and urban communities.
  • Evaluate the factors in entrepreneurship and marketing agriculture products.
  • Describe the scientific and economic processes essential in developing a new product.
  • Determine demands, wants, needs, and nutritional features in product
  • Analyze the image of agriculture by the public and the role of value-added.
  • Compare the environmental impact of agriculture and agricultural product flow.
  • Determine the process involved in converting raw materials into finished

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