The 2021 AFNR Institute will be held July 5th through July 14th at the University of Kentucky.

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) introduces students to the range of agricultural opportunities and the pathways of study they may pursue. Science, mathematics, reading, and writing components are woven in the context of agriculture and students will use the introductory skills and knowledge developed in this course throughout the CASE™ curriculum. Woven throughout the course are activities to develop and improve employability skills of students through practical applications. Students will explore career and post-secondary opportunities in each area of the course.

Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course will experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise.

The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course is intended to serve as the introductory course within the CASE Program of Study. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the fields of agricultural science and natural resources so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop will be used in future courses within the CASE program.

In addition, students will understand specific connections between their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course includes:

  • Agricultural Education – Agriculture, FFA, and SAE
  • Communication Methods
  • Science Processes
  • Natural Resources
  • Plants and Animals
  • Agricultural Mechanics

Registration is $3,000 per person and includes all training materials, access to laboratory equipment, lodging, and meals. The deadline to register is May 1, 2021. Purchase orders and checks should be made payable to the University of Kentucky and mailed to:

Agricultural Education Program

Community and Leadership Development

ATTN: CASE, University of Kentucky

503 Garrigus Building

Lexington, KY 40546-0215

  • General inquiries should be directed to Dr. Rebekah B. Epps, CASE AFNR UK Institute Director at
  • Questions regarding AFNR Institute billing should be directed to Miriam Hillmer.

Students interested in earning graduate credit for the CASE AFNR Institute should complete the following:

  1. Apply to the University of Kentucky Graduate School 
  2. When applying, select non-degree, post-baccalaureate status
  3. Once students are accepted, they will be able to register.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Rebekah Epps.