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Course #: 711

Length: 1 Trimester

Grade Level: 10-12

Credit: 0.5

Lab activities include: plant dissection, microscope investigations, raising plants in the greenhouse, landscaping, grooming animals, general animal care, animal housing, computer activities and much more.

Students will be exploring horticulture and agronomy concepts such as plant reproduction, plant growth responses, and crop management. As a part of this class, students will be investigating and implementing protocols for setting up a crop operation (both in a greenhouse and in a crop field). This class will then research crop varieties, establish planting timelines, and implementing Integrated Pest Management protocols.

Lab activities include: setting up a greenhouse, transplanting plugs, evaluating plant health, identifying plant pests, monitoring plant nutrition, plant propagation, planning and implementing a 5 acre crop test plot, and plant identification.

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My name is Troy Talford and I am an instructor at the High School. I am originally from Durand, Wisconsin (near Eau Claire) and went to college at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls (UW-RF). My degree is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education. During my time at UW-RF I also served as a State FFA Vice President (2001-2002). In 2014 I was honored to have been named a Career and Technical Education National Board Certified Teacher.

As a part of my college career I spent one semester student teaching in the Holmen High School under Mr. Roger King. Through my experiences there, I hope to bring new ideas and activities to the curriculum here at the Sauk Prairie High School.

My parents are Steve & Linda and I have a sister, Becky, and a charming niece, Briella. Much to people’s surprise, I never lived on a farm while growing up, but I am only one generation removed from dairy farming on both sides of my family. I do consider myself closely related to the agricultural industry as I have worked on my uncle’s dairy farm. I have also enjoyed helping my friends back home with their dairy production, sweet corn production, and maple syrup production. Making maple syrup has been, by far, the most rewarding experience for me. The process of making the syrup is one that allows you to work with others, enjoy nature, and see “sweet” results.

I look forward to working in the Sauk Prairie School District and encourage any and all community members to check out this website for updated information regarding our program and activities.