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Issues in Production Agriculture

PLSC/EGTE 467

Syllabus

Course Requirements:

1. Attend & Participate Act Professionally

2. Read DreamReapers, by Craig Canine.  Read two chapters per week and be prepared to discuss in 
    lecture.

3. Critical Issue Term Paper & Presentation

a. 5 to 7 page paper that identifies, describes, and addresses a critical issue in agriculture
b. 10 minute presentation on the issue on May 10
4. Entrepreneurship:  The Ethanol Project
a. Class Project to determine the technical, financial, and political aspects of ethanol  production:  Would an ethanol production plant be profitable for the investors (each class member) and would a facility have any impact on grain usage or price at a local or national level
b. Each class member is a member of the Blue Hen Ethanol Feasibility Study and each member has $250,000 to potentially invest in the project
c. Class Report of Project due on May 3
5. Investing in Agriculture: Your Ag/Food Company Portfolio
a. Each class member develops his/her own stock portfolio of investments in publicly traded agricultural or food companies
b. Each class member has $100,000 to invest by Feb. 11, 2002
c. Bi-weekly Reports to report progress on the Portfolio
d. Person with the most valuable Portfolio on May 3, 2002 wins a free dinner for two 
Grading 
1.  Class Particpation .................................................... 20%
2.  Term Paper  ............................................................... 20%
3.  Entrepeneurship Project ......................................... 20%
4.  Investment Project  ................................................. 20%
5.  Weekly Assignments  ............................................ 20%
 

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