The agricultural sector is a highly competitive industry creating new challenges in identifying global and domestic markets; improving business planning, financing, risk management, and productivity; and reducing costs. Advances in science and technology, in particular biotechnology and agribusiness, will continue to drive innovation and growth in this career cluster. Growing public concerns over natural resources, environmental quality, and public health will continue to expand the role and scope of the natural resource management and environmental services sectors. Students have the opportunity to participate in various activities and competitions outside of the classroom through membership in the National FFA student organization. See where Environmental, Agricultural, and Natural Resources programs are offered in Maryland.
The Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE) is a national program of study that offers students a rigorous curriculum designed to challenge students to perform at high levels. Through the use of activities, projects, and problem-solving, students explore agriculture subject matter while they learn necessary knowledge and skills. To establish these requirements, CASE incorporates the National Academic Standards and Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Content Standards.
The Horticultural Services program of study is based on requirements for the Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) certification used by the Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association. Students complete a sequence of courses which include: Introduction to Environmental Science, Foundations of Horticulture, Landscape Design & Management and Plant Production. Students have the opportunity to earn the Student-Level CPH certification by passing the industry exam.