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Welcome to the Casper College Agriculture Department. We are home to over 100 agriculture majors. The department is located on the Casper College campus in Casper, WY. There are five full-time faculty that teach a variety of classes to meet the needs of six different degree programs. Casper College is the oldest junior college in the state of Wyoming and the largest for full-time, traditional students.

Agriculture Degrees are offered for both transfer and non-transfer students in the areas of: Animal Science, Agriculture Business, Range Management and General Agriculture. Classes include a wide variety of animal science and animal production courses, meat science, soils, range ecology, crops and agro-ecology, agriculture economics and agriculture business courses. Generally, 75 percent of our traditional students transfer to universities and receive their Bachelor’s Degrees. We also offer a variety of technical courses such as Packing and Outfitting (AGTK 1590) and Horseshoeing (AGTK 1570) to meet the demands of members of our community. We recently developed an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture Business completely taught via distance education utilizing techniques designed for web based courses. Make sure to check out our online agriculture degees and classes.


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AGEC 1010 Agriculture Economics I (3L,3CR)[E][CS]:
Will introduce the student to macroeconomics as a field of study and how it is useful to people in their daily lives. Can be used to fulfill the Human Behavior requirement for agriculture.

AGEC 1020 Agriculture Economics II (3L,3CR)[E][CS]:
The relation of microeconomic principles to the organization, and problems facing individuals in agriculture. Can be used to fulfill the Human Behavior requirement for agriculture. Prerequisite: AGEC 1010.

AGEC 1100 Introduction to Computerized Ag Records (3L,3CR):
This course is an introduction to farm and ranch computerized records management. It covers basic farm/ranch accounting functions including all financial statements (flow of funds, income statement and balance sheet). The course compares cash versus accrual accounting and the benefits of each. The focus of this course is to develop and reinforce accounting and record management principles by utilizing the microcomputer and entering case farm/ranch data.

AGEC 2010 Farm-Ranch Business Records (3L,3CR)[E]:
The mechanics of farm and ranch record keeping and its use as a management tool. The laboratory exercises are actual problems in farm and ranch management and record keeping.

AGEC 2020 Farm-Ranch Business Management (3L,2LB,4CR)[E]:
Economic principles and business methods applied to analyze firms and operations. Will utilize practical problem solving techniques for variety of management problems.

AGEC 2100 Advanced Computerized Ag Records (3L, 3CR):
This course is designed to cover advanced agriculture computerized records management. It includes advanced agriculture functions including all financial statements (flow of funds, income statement, balance sheet, and change in financial position). Advanced analysis techniques will be used to determine the financial condition of the business. The financial statements will be utilized to evaluate the efficiency of an operation through the use of index and ratio analysis. Prerequisite: AGEC 1100.

AGEC 2300 Agricultural Marketing (3L,3CR):
An introduction to agricultural markets and marketing. Topics include the structure of United States agriculture, prices and marketing costs, government policy’s influence on marketing, effects of supply and demand on marketing, livestock and crop marketing, and risk management. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

AGEC 2370 Farm and Ranch Appraisal (2L,2LB,3CR):
The appraisal of agricultural property using the American Rural Appraisal System. Students will be acquainted with the factors which influence value of a property, both real and personal, and will be required to make an actual farm or ranch appraisal. Prerequisite: AGEC 2010.

AGRI 1010 Computers in Agriculture (1L,2LB,2CR)[E]:
Designed to familiarize students with computer applications and programs in agriculture. This course will be user-friendly and will provide the students the opportunity to use a personal computer in regards to agriculture.

AGRI 1020 GPS and GIS in Agriculture (1L,2LB,2CR):
A look at applications of GIS and GPS technology as it pertains to the agricultural industry. Students will learn basic GIS, GPS and cartographic principles and apply them to help solve problems or answer questions in the ag industry. Also will use other technologies such as GPS collars to track livestock grazing and remote sensed satellite imagery to help ascertain the health of grazing lands and estimate AUMs. Prerequisite: AGRI 1010 or permission of the instructor.

AGRI 1490 Topics: (Subtitle) (1-3CR):
Consists of investigations and discussions with respect to current topics in agriculture.

AGRI 2000 Agriculture Chemicals I (3L,3CR):
Designed to develop an understanding of agriculture chemicals, their principles and safety. Because agriculture is said to be the nation’s most dangerous industry, a special emphasis will be given to chemical safety, environmental and consumer hazards, and impacts along with federal and state laws governing agriculture chemicals. (Fall semester.)

AGRI 2010 Agriculture Chemicals II (3L,3CR):
A course designed to develop an understanding of agriculture chemicals and their principles that are reviewed and applied to herbicides, insecticides, and fertilizers as they relate to crop and livestock production. The students become familiar with selection methods, rates, and methods of application.

AGRI 2475 Independent Study in Agriculture (1-3CR) (Max. 3):
A comprehensive research study. Upon completing the project the student should present a paper and oral seminar to a committee selected by the project instructor. The problem and amount of credit received must have the approval of the instructor. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

AGTK 1570 Horseshoeing (1L,2LB,2CR) (Max. 2):
A complete course in horseshoeing, including the physiology of the feet and legs, unsoundness, hoof care, shoeing equipment, and the actual shoeing of live horses. Taught by a graduate of an accredited horseshoeing school.

AGTK 1580 Introduction to Outdoor Recreation: Guide Outfitting (3L,3CR):
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the outdoor recreational guide industry. Emphasis will be placed on the use of horses and mules in the outdoor guiding industry. This course is meant to be a preliminary course to an actually hands-on Outfitting/Guide Curriculum.

AGTK 1590 Packing and Outfitting (0.5L,3.5LB,2CR):
A course dealing with the principles and techniques involved in the use of horses as a form of transportation on the ranch or in the wilderness. Covers equipment and general procedures used in packing.

AGTK 1610 Farm Shop I (1L,4LB,3CR):
Common skills involving both wood and metal working tools, fitting farm tools, welding, forging, and soldering.

AGTK 1620 Farm Shop II (4-8LB,2-4CR) (Max. 4):
Farm machinery repair is stressed, and a large project must be planned and constructed.

ANSC 1010 Livestock Production I (3L,2LB,4CR)[E]:
Course covers the scope of the livestock industry with particular emphasis on breeds and types and management of beef cattle, sheep and wool, swine, dairy cattle, poultry and horses.

ANSC 1020 Livestock Production II (3L,3CR):
Course covers fundamental principles of genetics and animal breeding, reproductive physiology, principles of nutrition, and digestion in domestic animals. Topics also include animal health and diseases, and grading and marketing methods of slaughter and feeder animals.

ANSC 1030 Equine Management (3L,3CR)[E]:
A basic course covering the equine industry, including classes and breeds, selection with form to function, care and management, conformation and unsoundness, health and diseases, reproduction, and feeding and nutrition.

ANSC 1040 Equine Nutrition (2L,2LB,3CR):
A basic course including the digestive system, nutritive needs, feed composition, metabolic and digestive disorders, vitamins and mineral nutrition, feed preparation and ration formulation, and general feeding and management.

ANSC 1100 Artificial Insemination (2LB,1CR):
A complete course in artificial insemination, including class work in animal breeding, physiology, nutrition, and beef cattle management, as well as actual insemination work with animals.

ANSC 1130 Equine Management II (3L,3CR):
A basic course covering the equine industry including the history, care, management, reprorduction, prevention of disease, facilities and general equine practices.

ANSC 1150 Animal Diseases (2L,2CR):
A survey of the diseases common to this area in cattle, sheep, and horses. Special attention is given to sanitation, prevention, control, and eradication of disease.

ANSC 1200 Livestock Fitting and Showing (1L,2LB,2CR):
Designed to provide students with the necessary skills to fit and show cattle, sheep, and swine. Emphasis will be placed on the clipping of feeder calves. This course is required for all students planning to exhibit feeder calves at the Arizona National.

ANSC 1210 Livestock Judging I (2L,6LB,5CR):
Comparative appraisal and selection of beef cattle, sheep, hogs, and light horses. Students will be chosen from this class to represent Casper College at regional and national judging contests.

ANSC 1220 Livestock Judging II (Advanced) (2LB,1CR):
Advanced study in the principles of livestock selection with emphasis on judging and giving reasons. Prerequisite: ANSC 1210, or permission of the instructor.

ANSC 2020 Feeds and Feeding (3L,2LB,4CR)[E]:
Principles of animal nutrition with emphasis upon practical feeding of livestock. Particular attention is given to feeding livestock in relation to recent discoveries in nutrition, including the functions and importance of vitamins and minerals, and the necessity for proper quantity of protein rations of livestock. Economy in feeding emphasized throughout the course.

ANSC 2110 Beef Production (3L,3CR):
A detailed study of the feeding, breeding, marketing, and pedigrees of all major breeds of beef cattle with emphasis on problems peculiar to the beef cattle industry in Wyoming. Prerequisite: ANSC 1010 and ANSC 1020.

ANSC 2120 Sheep Production (3L,3CR):
A detailed study of care and management of sheep flocks in the western states, with particular emphasis on problems peculiar to the range sheep industry in Wyoming. Prerequisite: ANSC 1020.

ANSC 2130 Swine Production (3L,3CR):
Swine production in the United States including production of purebred and commercial swine: breeds, breeding, feeding, marketing, and management. Emphasis is on problems encountered in the production of swine in Wyoming. Offered periodically. Prerequisite: ANSC 1010 or ANSC 1020.

ANSC 2230 Livestock Judging II/I (4LB,2CR):
A concentrated study of livestock selection with major emphasis on team competition and national livestock shows. Prerequisite: ANSC 1220, or permission of the instructor.

ANSC 2490 Topics: (Subtitle) (1-3CR):
Consists of investigations and discussions with respect to current topics in animal science.

CROP 2000 Plants, Agriculture and Civilization (3L,2LB,4CR):
This course is designed to familiarize the student with agriculture in developed and developing countries, integrate ecosystem concepts in agriculture and to introduce current crises and challenges facing agriculture in the future.

CROP 2200 Forage Crop Science (3L,2LB,4CR):
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the biology, propagation and management of forage and farm crop plants. Many topics (e.g., plant ecophysiology, cropping practices in agro ecosystems, plant genetic improvement) will be covered.

FDSC 2100 Meat Evaluation (4LB,2CR)[E]:
The study and evaluation of beef, sheep and swine carcasses for both quality and yield grades and the identification of wholesale and retail cuts and the quality factors associated with those cuts of beef, sheep, and swine. Prerequisite: ANSC 1210.

REWM 1000 Introduction to Range Management (1L,1CR):
Principles of range management as they apply to various grazing areas in Wyoming. The relationship of range management practices to livestock production, wildlife management, watershed management, recreation, and industrial uses. Some time will be given to a discussion of range management problems brought up by the group.

REWM 2000 Principles of Range Management (2L,2LB,3CR)[E]:
Basic principles of range management as they relate to livestock production, conservation practices and wildlife management, region vegetative types and range sites, and grazing systems and multiple range uses. Several field trips included.

SOIL 1000 Elementary Soils (3L,3CR):
Designed to develop an understanding of fundamental properties of soil and how they relate to plant growth and development. Consideration is given to origin and classification of soils, their physical, chemical and biological properties and principles underlying good soil management. (Spring semester.)

Doornboss Agriculture AnnexThe instruction used by Casper College Agriculture Faculty revolves around using innovative teaching methods, effective classroom strategies and the use of updated information and technologies in our classrooms.  “Learning by Doing” still holds a very important place in the teaching strategies of our instructors, (3 of the 4 are former high school Ag Science instructors and FFA Advisors).  Spending time in the field working with GPS, livestock presentations, range ecologies labs, and soils science instruction are just a few examples of the hands-on learning that we try to promote.

The Casper College Agriculture Department is fortunate to have some outstanding facilities to assist in promoting outside and laboratory lessons.  The Grace Werner Agriculture Pavilion was built in 1979 for the primary purpose of teaching animal science in a lab setting and was added onto in 1984.  The Doornbos Agricultural Annex was built in 2003 to allow for the on-campus housing of livestock and provide a facility for animal based lessons on campus.

We utilize these hands-on learning techniques to reinforce concepts taught in the classroom setting.  We have made it a department goal to utilize technology to the utmost to support our in-class instruction.  We have created virtual classrooms with internet access, and LCD projectors with DVD and VCR capabilities.  Students have continual access to our computer lab that was updated less than a year ago with 10 state-of-the-art teaching stations for student use.  In class teaching techniques are kept current and designed to deliver quality content in an interesting and thought provoking manner.  One example of this is the utilization of current events produced by “AgEd Net.com”.  Every class period, a list of current agriculture events is discussed and tied into the daily lesson.

 

Real Life ExperienceOften, the most influential learning for students comes in the form of on-the-job training.  We pride ourselves in the cooperative effort that we have with several employers in our community in the development of our graduates and students. 

A great example of this is the Wyoming Livestock Roundup (WLR) which is the state’s largest and most influential agriculture publication based here in Casper.  One of our agriculture communication students, Brianna Bambach, was recently hired as an intern with the WLR.  While there, Briana will be actively involved with the daily writing, reporting, layout and advertising of a quality agriculture publication.  This will be a great addition to the speaking skills that Brianna attained at Casper College.

Annually, we have students interested in feeds and feeding of livestock and also business and marketing skills employed at a local feed store.  There, students are active in the formulation, mixing and merchandising of rations and feeds to local ranchers, farmers and small animal owners.  They are also very involved in the interaction with the customers and develop ideal business and salesmanship skills.

Another great example of our experiential learning is a local meat processor that annually hires as many employees as we can send them.  Kompac meat processor is a state of the art meat processor that harvest, cut, and package livestock and wildlife for the community.  In the past, several students have continued their meat science careers after employment with this processor.

Students often seek employment with business contacts that they have made while students at Casper College.  We are also in the process of developing an internship program for students who seek employment with agriculture businesses to assist in their education.

 

Grace Werner Agricultural PavillionThe Casper College Agriculture Department’s teaching philosophy can best be summarized through our mission statement, goals, philosophy and pedagogy.

Departmental Mission Statement

The Agriculture Department emphasizes the worth of the individual student and focuses on areas of career education and academic performance for the transfer student. The department strives to enable and encourage the student to excel and fulfill their potential while gaining knowledge and skills essential in today’s changing agricultural world.

Departmental Goals

  • To inspire and educate each and every student.

  • To promote the transferability of those students seeking Bachelor’s Degrees.

  • To tool students for a career choice after completion of course work.

  • Recruit and retain the best students interested in Agriculture from across Wyoming and the United States.

  • Utilize our athletic (Rodeo) and academic competition (Livestock Judging) to promote the department and college.

Teaching philosophy and pedagogy of the department

The teaching philosophy of the Agriculture Department is to ensure that students receive the direct teaching in the classroom that they need and to promote the hands on, lab teaching needed for agriculture.

 

Ranchers’ Night Out, Thursday - February 15 from 6 - 9 p.m.In order to become successful and grow as a department, we believe in making sure that we market ourselves to our campus, community, state, and region. We work on many events throughout the year to develop relationships and support for our efforts and activities.

For students and youth, we annually host two livestock judging contests, fall and spring. These contests are generally attended by 125-150 4-H and FFA members from Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana. At the Wyoming State FFA convention every April, we help with contests and host a recruitment booth during the four days to get students interested. Finally, we extensively recruit and call future students about Casper College and their options throughout the year. Normally, we have two students a week tour the campus and look at the next step in their life.

The Doornbos Agriculture Lecture Series brings FFA students to campus. This lecture series is held annually in February and covers a wide variety of topics from livestock fitting and showing to issues such as global warming and agro-terrorism. In conjunction with the lecture series, we also offer a Rancher’s Night Out that brings in producers and the public to discuss issues that pertain to the local production. 

On campus, we invite all of the faculty, staff, and administration to visit the Agriculture Department at the Bull Wash Bash. We have fun events from roping a dummy calf to Cow Pie Bingo. We wrap up the year with the annual Ag Banquet, which allows us to showcase our achievements of the past year to the campus, community, and most of all, the parents of our students.

 

BannerThe Casper College Agriculture Department takes prides in our professional growth activities.  Tom Parker is a former Region I  NVATA Vice President and a former National NVATA President.  Heath Hornecker, the current agriculture department head is a former State WVATA President. Three of the four faculty members from Casper College attended the NAAE Region I Conference in April 2007.  Staying involved in our local, state, regional, and national agriculture organizations is a very important commitment we have made.

Our department is committed to providing time and money to professional development.  In February, we hosted the annual Philip Doornbos Lecture Series.  This was a two day seminar and included a fitting and showing clinic plus a lecture by an internationally renowned agriculture speaker, author, and scientist Dr. Jay Lehr.  Areas of professional development that the agriculture faculty has been involved in over the years includes training, workshop, and conferences in:  Precision Agriculture, GIS, GPS, Computerized Financial Records, Crop Production Records, Livestock Production Records, National Farm and Ranch Business Management Association, Perception Accounting,  Index and Ratio Analysis, Western Integrated Resource Management, Holistic Resource Management, Range Ecology, Livestock Judging and Quality Matters.

The faculty at the Casper College Agriculture Department are involved in many more activities and organizations which include:  American Society of Animal Scientists, American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists, Wyoming Association of Career and Technical Educators, Wyoming FFA Foundation, National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, and the National Junior College Coaches Association.

 

TeachingThe Casper College Agriculture Department is very fortunate to have many relationships with members of the community, other departments on campus, high schools and youth programs.

One of our strongest partnerships lies with our advisory board that meets annually to discuss all aspects of the agriculture department and make recommendations for future changes.  The advisory committee is made up of business men and women, teachers and alumni of the programs.  In addition to meeting annually, the faculty often seeks the input of advisory committee members on a wide range of issues.

The Casper College Agriculture Department has also made it a priority to be actively involved with many youth oriented and producer organizations in the state of Wyoming.  We host many 4-H and FFA activities that range from sales, contests, shows and “Ag in the Classroom” days hosted by the local FFA and 4-H organizations.  The department is also a vital member of both the Wyoming Club Calf Association and the Wyoming Club Lamb Association.  We host a sale every fall in conjunction with the Wyoming Club Calf Association and assist in implementing a futurity show at the Wyoming State Fair for those calves sold in the previous year’s sale.  We also host the Wyoming Club Lamb Association’s summer show on campus and are sponsors for several of the award given that day.

We also have the unique opportunity to be a partner in education with the local high school and their FFA program.  The college has an articulation agreement with Natrona County High School here in Casper and offer college credit for 12 credit hours of agriculture classes taught to high school students.  The articulation agreement calls for the interaction between our faculty at the college and the high school instructors.

 

In the Casper College Agriculture Department, we believe that the most successful students are not only those that excel in the classroom, but also are ones that actively participate in activities that are offered on campus.  The Oil City Ag Club is the largest club found on campus with membership of around 35-45 members a year. Many of its activities include: the Adopt a Highway Program, annually hosting a Club Calf Sale in the fall and a Lamb and Pig sale in the spring, and social activities such as a Thanksgiving dinner and card tournaments.

The Livestock Judging Club annually hosts spring and fall livestock judging contests which are attended regularly by 125-150 4-H and FFA members from the Wyoming, Colorado, and Montana.  Members of the Livestock Judging Club also provide annual livestock training in Driggs, ID, coupled with a ski trip.  Livestock Judging Club member serve as leaders at our annual livestock judging camp that was held in Elko, NV and has since been moved to Jerome, ID.

The Casper College Rodeo Club is historic club that dates back to the start of the department. They volunteer throughout the year to help put on local events such as jackpot ropings, the Chris Ledoux Memorial Rodeo and most importantly, the Casper College Ropin' and Riggin' Days Rodeo held every April.

Casper College Ag students are very active in student government (two faculties were also senators as students) and other campus clubs such as intramural sports, Forensics/Debate and College Republicans.  We have also had a very strong tie with the Wyoming FFA Association and have taught numerous State FFA Officers during their terms.

A Tradition of Rodeo Excellence

More about the Casper College Rodeo Team

Few college rodeo programs anywhere have the kind of tradition enjoyed by Casper College.

With four national team championships and three more finished in the top three during the past 30 years, Casper College ranks among the most successful programs in the country. Former T-Bird cowboys have gone on to no less than 126 professional titles. This long-standing tradition starts over 50 years ago when Dale Stiles hosted the first Casper College rodeo. At the time, no other junior college had fielded a rodeo team, let alone hosted its own rodeo. Through the years, Stiles would coach some of the sport’s greatest stars, and become a legend himself. Although Stiles retired in 1990 the rodeo he started in 1955 is going strong today. The annual event hosted by Casper College, still carries the name of its founder, the late Dale Stiles.

Today the tradition of Casper College rodeo goes far beyond the names in the record book. Casper College prides itself as the first junior college to sponsor a rodeo, the first junior college to win a team championship, and the first to win four consecutive team titles.

Fort Worth WinnersA Tradition of Livestock Judging Excellence Continues

The Livestock Judging Team is having a great year! The team recently competed at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado where they finished 6th overall in the Carload Judging Contest. The team was high team overall at the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, making this the first team from Casper College to win a major national contest since 2007.

The winning team: Left to right: Kaycee Carpenter, Mikenzie Taylor, Katie Ochsner, Jacy Pannell, Kinsey Freeman, Morgan Hatfield, Catherine Karoulis, Jessie McClellan,Ttrinity Holland.

In addition to overall team honors, they placed first in the Horses division, second in the Hogs division and in Reasons, fifth in the Sheep division and sixth in the Cattle division. Several individuals also placed highly in their events.

Jessie McClellanMikenzie TaylorKatie OchsnerCatherine Koroulis The above photos, left to right, show Jessie McClellan, 4th place high individual and 3rd place in Hogs; Mikenzie Taylor, 6th place overall and 2nd place in Reasons and Horses; Katie Ochsner, 7th place overall and 6th palce in Horses; and Catherien Koroulis, 2nd high individual overall and 2nd in Horses.

Congratulations to the Casper College Livestock Judging Team! Become a member now!

The livestock judging team is a very important part of the agricultural department at Casper College. The team is open to those students enrolled in a livestock judging class. Any interested student may enroll in the course and become eligible for the team, regardless of prior experience. The training necessary to compete is taught as a part of the regular course content. The course is individualized, considering each participant's level of competence. The team competes on the local, regional, and national levels, and has been very successful, winning numerous awards at all levels of competition. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the agriculture department at Casper College.

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