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Agriculture
Most of the seats in these courses are normally reserved for students in an agriculture program. Other students may take these courses if they meet the prerequisites and there is space.

English Language Requirements
Beginning Fall, 2007 students registering in post-secondary level courses (numbered 100 to 499) will be required to meet the English language entrance proficiency requirements. Students in ESL or the University Foundations programs can register in those courses identified in the University Foundations program with lower levels of language proficiency.

AGRI 1035 credits
Introduction to Milking and the Dairy Farm
Prerequisite(s): AGRI 134, AGRI 183, AGRI 231
Corequisite(s): AGRI 104 and admission to the Milker Training program
Introduction to typical dairy farms; use and basic maintenance of milking equipment; practical herd health concerns and reproduction in the dairy cow; care of calves; basic physiology of the dairy cow, principles of nutrition and sanitation. Regulations affecting the dairy industry will be reviewed. Field trips at student expense will be required.

AGRI 1044 credits
Practical Milking Work Experience
Prerequisite(s): AGRI 134, AGRI 183, AGRI 231
Corequisite(s): AGRI 103 and admission to the Milker Training program
All students will participate in the care of dairy livestock in the UCFV barn. Each student will be assigned work experience, without remuneration, on commercial host farms throughout the 12 weeks to develop their skills and efficiency. Students must provide their own appropriate work clothing and must have a valid driver's licence and reliable transportation. Work hours will include both early morning and late afternoon milkings. Host farmers will participate in the evaluation of each student.

AGRI 1113 credits
Introduction to Soils
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces soil as a medium for plant growth. Soil formation and the physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil are presented. The soils of British Columbia are featured. Field trips may be required outside regular hours, including Saturdays. Saturday field trips will be held in conjunction with other Agriculture department courses to provide students with an integrated overview of soils as they relate to crop and livestock production in British Columbia. Students should budget approximately $40 for field trips.

AGRI 1122 credits
Soil Fertility and Fertilizers
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces soil fertility and fertilizers as they apply to field and container crops. Topics include how soil reaction and organic matter affect plant growth, liming practices and requirements for other soil amendments, and the fertilizer elements required for higher plants. Soil sampling and interpretation of soil test results are also covered. The manufacture, storage, and methods of application for inorganic and organic soil fertilizer materials and the economics of fertilizer use are presented.

AGRI 1211 credit
Principles of On-Farm Food Safety
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces HACCP-based programs (hazard analysis and critical control points) as they relate to a safe food industry in BC and Canada. The four types of potential hazards and the identification of their critical control points for fields, farm buildings, and factors involving people will be discussed. The differences between HACCP and HACCP-based programs as they relate to food production, an overview of record keeping, and an introduction to the major commodity-specific programs will be covered. Case studies will be used. Actual commodities presented each year may vary, but could include HACCP-based programs for dairy, poultry, fruit, and vegetables. Requirements for participating in an on-farm HACCP-based audit will be introduced.

AGRI 1231 credit
Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Fall
Prerequisite(s): None
Practical horticulture work skills for the late summer and fall seasons. Complements lecture material from a variety of horticulture production courses. Course work will vary depending on the weather, but will include: propagation, fall turf maintenance, seeding, sodding, ornamental plant pruning, horticulture tool and equipment handling and maintenance, garden renovation, and greenhouse production and maintenance. Students must participate in outdoor labs, regardless of weather, as well as in the greenhouse. All students must have steel-toed work boots, rain gear, work gloves, hand pruners and a pocketknife. Off-campus field trips will be required at student expense.

AGRI 1242 credits
Introduction to Horticulture
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces binomial nomenclature; the environmental factors affecting plant growth: physical, biological, and chemical control of plant growth, and an introduction to the major horticultural crop groups: fruits, vegetables, greenhouse crops, nursery crops, and turf.

AGRI 1291 credit
Horticulture Skills and Techniques for Winter
Prerequisite(s): None
Practical horticulture work skills for the winter and spring season. Complements lecture material from a variety of horticulture courses. Course work may vary, depending on the weather, but will include: propagation, spring turf maintenance, fruit tree pruning, greenhouse production and maintenance work, garden renovation, planting and transplanting, irrigation system troubleshooting, and taxonomic keys. Students must participate in outdoor labs, regardless of the weather, as well as in the greenhouse. All students must have steel-toed work boots, rain gear, work gloves, hand pruners and a pocketknife. Off-campus field trips will be required at student expense.

AGRI 1302 credits
Principles of Sustainable Agriculture Practices
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces the concept and some applications of sustainable agriculture. Students will learn scientifically sound, practical agri-production information for low-input sustainable systems such as, but not limited to, certified organic production. The content of AGRI 130 is suitable for both the beginning student of agriculture and for farmers who are considering a transition from conventional commercial agricultural production to alternate, low input production systems.

AGRI 1331 credit
Introduction to Animal Health
Prerequisite(s): None
The students will study commercial production facilities and practices that lead to or prevent common livestock diseases. Conventional and new procedures used to prevent and control diseases will be covered.

AGRI 1342 credits
Ruminant Animal Health
Prerequisite(s): None
The principles of disease infection, treatment, and prevention in ruminant livestock are introduced. Topics include reproduction, obstetrics, respiratory ailments, nutritional and infectious disease, and health management of dairy and beef cattle and other ruminants, as time permits.

AGRI 1371 credit
Livestock Nutrition
Prerequisite(s): None
This course covers and integrates the basic facts concerning the nature of nutrients and their metabolism with the use of common feedstuffs on farms.

AGRI 1383 credits
Swine Production
Prerequisite(s): None
This course covers feeding, breeding, and management for commercial and purebred swine operations. Topics include production, marketing, facilities, equipment, swine herd health and genetics. Students will be required to participate in the care of departmental livestock outside of regular class hours. Field trips are required. This course is only offered in even-numbered years.

AGRI 1423 credits
Agribusiness Principles
Prerequisite(s): Students should be familiar with basic word processing, spreadsheets, electronic mail, and the worldwide web before entering this course. Those with limited or no experience with PCs should take CIS 100 or equivalent before enrolling in AGRI 142
Corequisite(s): None
This course deals with the farm manager as a decision-maker. Topics include farm office, farm record-keeping and accounting, enterprise management, financial statements, cost accounting, break-even calculations, budgets, projections, production records, financial applications, and leverage. The use of computers to manage farm financial records (spreadsheets and data management programs) will be an integral part of this course.

AGRI 1663 credits
Agri Pests: An Integrated Approach to Insects and Weeds
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces students to insect pest and weed problems common in B.C. agriculture. Beneficial insects and their role in agriculture will also be covered. Students will learn how a basic IPM program can be used to control weeds and insects. The course uses lectures, laboratories and some field work, as well as several guest speakers. Students may be required to prepare a weed and insect collection. Students may also write the provincial pesticide licensing exam at the end of this course. A separate fee is required to write this exam.

AGRI 1672 credits
Agri Pests: An Integrated Approach to Diseases
Prerequisite(s): None
This course introduces students to infectious and non-infectious diseases, commonly found in B.C. crops. Students will learn how a basic IPM program can be used to control infectious diseases. The organisms causing infectious diseases will be studied. Pesticide safety, including pesticide classification, mode of action, components, labels, and safe use and handling will be covered. Students may also write the provincial pesticide licensing exam at the end of this course. A separate fee is required to write this exam.

AGRI 1831 credit
Farm and Equipment Safety
Prerequisite(s): Completion of Level I First Aid certificate is recommended
Corequisite(s): None
This course includes the safe operation of farm machinery and power equipment, an introduction to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) in the workplace, and safety and fire prevention on the farm and in the workplace.

AGRI 1923 credits
Practicum I
Prerequisite(s): Full-time status in one of the certificate or diploma agriculture programs, and consent of the Agriculture director
A three-week, on-the-job training course in agriculture. You will work, free-of-charge, for a selected host, in return for which you will gain valuable work experience and acquire new skills. Only full-time students who have successfully completed their current semester's courses and have an overall GPA of 2.0 are eligible to participate. Students' grades for this course will be based on hosts' evaluations.

AGRI 1943 credits
Practical Horticulture
Prerequisite(s): Full-time enrollment in Horticulture Crop Production certificate program or instructor's permission
Students will become familiar with the horticultural aspects of grounds maintenance and greenhouse management, which may include some landscape construction techniques, pruning, fertilizing, planting/transplanting of landscape plant materials. Review of tools and equipment used in landscape maintenance work will be covered. Off-campus field trips are required, and students will be expected to work outdoors in inclement weather. All students must have their own steel-toed safety boots, rain gear, and work gloves. Work in the UCFV greenhouses will be required.
Students should budget approximately $35 for field trips.

AGRI 2002 credits
Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
Prerequisite(s): None
The theory and applied principles of integrated pest management (IPM) as it is practiced in British Columbia will be covered. Emphasis is placed on the identification and life cycles of weeds, insects and diseases, and how this information can be used to develop appropriate IPM controls for nursery, fruit, vegetable, turf, and forest seedling industries. Pest management techniques are discussed within an overall farm picture where IPM methodologies must fit with best management production practices. Field trips are mandatory. Saturday field trips will be held in conjunction with other Agriculture department courses to provide students with an integrated overview of agriculture in British Columbia. Students should budget approximately $40 for field trips.

AGRI 2052 credits
Integrated Pest Management Techniques and Equipment
Prerequisite(s): None
Practical techniques and equipment used in the local integrated pest management (IPM) industry for identification/diagnosis and recommendation for the control of important pests in a variety of local commodities will be covered. This course is primarily taught through field trips, site visits, and in consultation with local industry practitioners. Data collection, processing, and interpretation using statistical methodologies will be introduced. Field trips are mandatory.
IPM work in the UCFV greenhouses is required outside of class time. Students should budget approximately $40 for field trips.

AGRI 2073 credits
Solving Practical Problems in Agriculture
Prerequisite(s): Completion of year 1 of the diploma program or any of the one-year certificates offered by the UCFV department of agriculture
This course takes students to various agricultural enterprises for study. Current problems (case studies) will be presented for student analysis. Students will develop solutions for the problems. As well, students will learn the basic techniques needed for setting up, running, and evaluating research projects and demonstration plots. Off-campus field trips will be required. Students will have the opportunity to prepare for the International Certified Crop Advisors exam.

AGRI 2102 credits
Directed Studies in Agriculture
Prerequisite(s): A minimum overall GPA of 2.50, second-year standing in the diploma program and instructor's permission
Under the guidance of one of the agriculture faculty members, students may pursue a research project in agriculture. Regular reports will be required as the project develops, and a final written report must be presented to the supervising faculty member.

AGRI 2112 credits
Soil Management and Conservation
Prerequisite(s): AGRI 111
This course covers managing soil as a non-renewable resource. Topics will include practical soil management for farmers, the main processes of soil degradation -- their causes and effects, soil conservation on the farm, tillage, interpretation of soil maps, and introduction to agricultural and engineering classification of soil for land use planning. Field trips will be required.

AGRI 2202 credits
Plants in the Landscape
Prerequisite(s): None
This course covers the identification, use, and maintenance of herbaceous and woody plants in the landscape. Site selection and individual plant growing requirements will be emphasized. Students must have their own transportation. Field trips are a course requirement, and students should budget approximately $50 to cover travel costs throughout the semester.

AGRI 2223 credits
Vegetable Crop Production
Prerequisite(s): None
Field production of commonly grown vegetable crops in British Columbia will be discussed. Topics include site selection as influenced by environmental and economic conditions, field preparation, variety selection, and cultivation practices. The culture of mushrooms and ginseng are covered as an essential part of the course. Field trips may be required outside regular class hours, including Saturdays. Saturday field trips will be held in conjunction with other Agriculture department courses to provide students with an integrated overview of agriculture in British Columbia. Students should budget approximately $40 for field trips. This course is only offered in even-numbered years.

AGRI 2233 credits
Fruit Crop Production
Prerequisite(s): None
Field production of commonly grown fruit crops in British Columbia will be discussed. Topics will include site selection as influenced by environmental and economic conditions, field preparation, variety selection and cultivation practices. If time permits, the culture of some tropical fruits may be discussed. Field trips may be required outside regular hours, including Saturdays. Saturday field trips will be held in conjunction with other Agriculture department courses to provide students with an integrated overview of agriculture in British Columbia. Students should budget approximately $40 for field trips. This course is only offered in odd-
numbered years.

AGRI 2242 credits
Greenhouse Production
Prerequisite(s): None
This course will cover the basic structures, facilities and machines used, and review the production of the major florist and vegetable crops grown in the British Columbia greenhouse industry. Students are required to work in the UCFV greenhouse outside of regular class hours. Field trips may be required outside regular class hours, including early mornings and Saturdays. Bus fare of approximately $10 may be required.

AGRI 2262 credits
Turfgrass Production
Prerequisite(s): None
The basics of production and maintenance of ornamental turfgrass are covered. Topics include soils, fertilizers, irrigation and drainage, seed and sod, seed bed preparation, mowing and mowing equipment, and a quick review of weeds, diseases, and insects affecting turfgrass, along with integrated pest management options for control. Final sessions will
discuss the management of specialized turf areas, for example, golf courses. Practical hands-on work in turf care will be included, weather permitting. Field trips may be required outside regular class time, including Saturdays. Students should budget approximately $20 for field trips.

AGRI 2272 credits
Nursery Production and Propagation Practices
Prerequisite(s): None
The production of commonly grown nursery crops in British Columbia will be covered. Topics include propagation, site selection and preparation, and basic nursery management. Work in the UCFV greenhouse and grounds is required outside of regular class hours.

AGRI 2282 credits
Forage Crop Production
Prerequisite(s): None
The production and use of commonly grown forage crops will be covered. Topics include forage establishment, maintenance, harvest, and storage. Emphasis will be on maximizing the use of homegrown forages to meet the nutritional
requirements of today’s high-producing animals.

AGRI 2302 credits
The Holistic, Sustainable Farm: Planning and Practices
Prerequisite(s): AGRI 111, AGRI 130
Corequisite(s): AGRI 211 strongly recommended
This course will guide the student through an understanding of the inter-related social, environmental, and economic issues that are central to sustainable agriculture systems. Through case studies, sustainable agriculture practices will be examined to empower the students to plan for, and practice, holistic farming.

AGRI 2312 credits
Dairy Production and Management
Corequisite(s): AGRI 134 or instructor's permission
The feeding, breeding, and nutrition of dairy animals is covered. Topics include the production, processing, and marketing of milk, as well as an overview of dairy farm facilities and management. Emphasis will be placed on dairy herd improvement through sound management and applied genetics. Students will be required to participate in the care of departmental livestock outside of regular class hours. Off-campus field trips are required.

AGRI 2323 credits
Beef Production
Prerequisite(s): None
The feeding, breeding, and management of beef animals will be covered. Specific topics will include production, genetics, and health, as well as marketing of beef cattle. Facilities and equipment will also be discussed. Students will be required to
participate in the care of departmental livestock outside of regular class hours. Field trips are required; Saturday field trips will be held in conjunction with other Agriculture Department courses to provide students with an integrated overview of
agriculture in British Columbia. This course is only offered in odd-numbered years.

AGRI 2352 credits
Production of Sheep, Goats and Other Livestock Species
Prerequisite(s): None
This course will introduce the management of small livestock species kept on farms in the Fraser Valley. Topics will range from husbandry to marketing of sheep, goats, rabbits, and other small livestock. Students will be required to participate in the care of departmental livestock outside regular class times. Field trips are mandatory.

AGRI 2363 credits
Poultry Production
Prerequisite(s): None
This course will cover the poultry industry in Canada, mainly in the Fraser Valley at the farm level. The basics of feeding, breeding, and management of different types of poultry will be covered. Field trips and barn work will be mandatory. This course is offered only in odd-numbered years.

AGRI 2383 credits
Equine Production and Management
Prerequisite(s): None
This course covers feeding, breeding, and management for horse owners. Topics include equine medical disorders, lameness, nutrition, facilities, reproduction management of both the mare and stallion, and equipment. Discussion of the
different equine sectors and field trips will be included. This course is only offered in even-numbered years.

AGRI 242A2 credits
Enterprise Project: Part I
Prerequisite(s): A C grade in AGRI 142
Note: Students must meet the prerequisites for CMNS 250 or CMNS 251
Pre- or corequisite(s): CMNS 250 or CMNS 251
Using a PC, each student will develop an independent agricultural project which includes financing, budgeting, and operation for the first year of the enterprise. Students, in consultation with faculty, will begin preparation of the first year of a financial and operational analysis. A grade of credit must be achieved to be eligible to continue with part II.

AGRI 242B2 credits
Enterprise Project: Part II
Prerequisite(s): AGRI 242A: Part I with a grade of CR
Pre- or corequisite(s): CMNS 250 or CMNS 251
In part II of the course, students will complete their written enterprise project report and prepare it for presentation to a select committee of faculty and industry experts.

AGRI 2703 credits
Global Issues in Agriculture
Prerequisite(s): None
This course will cover a broad range of topics such as world agricultural policies and their effect on food production, farm legislation, trade negotiations, and emerging alternative practices for commercial agricultural production. Exact topics may change, but this course will include discussion and guest speakers.

AGRI 2923 credits
Practicum II
Prerequisite(s): Full-time status in one of the agriculture diploma programs and consent of the Agriculture director
A second three-week on-the-job training course in agriculture. You will work, free-of-charge for a selected host, in return for which you will gain valuable work experience and acquire new skills. Only full-time students who have successfully completed their current semester's courses and have an overall GPA of 2.0 are eligible to participate. Students' grades will be based on hosts' evaluation.

AGRI 2943 credits
Basic Landscape Design
Prerequisite(s): None
This is an introductory course in residential landscape plan development. Practical plant selection and various hard landscape applications commonly used in residential landscaping will be covered. Course materials will cost about $135.

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