High school students enrolled in agriculture education courses have the unique opportunity to go beyond the classroom and learn real-world applications in a number of disciplines. Whether it is in agricultural mechanics, livestock evaluation, or a dozen other areas of learning, the Missouri Agricultural Skills and Knowledge Assessment Industry Recognized Credential (MOASK IRC) program recognizes students performing at a proficient level as determined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
The Community R-VI High School and Van-Far R-1 High School students that have completed the required education/training and demonstrated proficiency in one or several of 15 skill areas are:
Jayda Borgmeyer/Nursery and Landscape Management of Van-Far High School.
Josh Atkinson/Dairy Cattle Evaluation; Ty Becker/Agronomy; Katie Bertels/Meats Evaluation; Avery Carline/Agricultural Mechanics; Taren Clark/Floriculture; Tayler Cope/Floriculture; Kathlyn Dawson/Nursery and Landscape Management; Morgan Duenke/Nursery and Landscape Management; Sirrina Dunn/Meats Evaluation; Damon Eckler/Entomology; Maddee Gastler/Meats Evaluation; Nathan Gastler/Agronomy; Hunter Houghton/Agronomy; Chelsea Hoyt/Floriculture; Jewel Kessler/Nursery and Landscape Management; Molly Mays/Meats Evaluation; Amber Nichols/Dairy Cattle Evaluation; Lauryn Robnett/Dairy Cattle Evaluation; Grant Stafford/Agronomy; Braedon Swaim/Dairy Cattle Evaluation; Travis Swaim/Agronomy; Ally Troesser/Floriculture; and Kylee Windmann/Entomology, all from Community R-VI High School. The Ag Instructors, Tonya St. John, of Van-Far R-1 High School, and Stacy French, of Community R-VI High School, joined Patty Fennewald, representative of the Audrain County Farm Bureau in presenting the MOASK IRC certificates.
The technical skills assessments are conducted much like FFA judging events, but the results are used to determine a student’s proficiency and not for competitive award purposes. The program compliments the three circle model for delivering agricultural education in schools. The circles represent learning in the classroom, leadership development through the FFA, and hands on training through each student’s Supervised Agricultural Experience.
Sponsors Missouri Farm Bureau and the Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture are proud to partner with DESE and take an active role in the program. County Farm Bureau leaders are responsible for verifying the rigor of each event, ensuring requirements are met, and providing certificates for students deemed proficient.
“Ultimately, we want to add value to the experiences our youth gain through agriculture education,” said Patty Fennewald, representative for Audrain County Farm Bureau. “We believe these credentials will benefit students as they pursue higher education and/or vocational training, apply for scholarships, and ultimately enter the workforce.