Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agriculture and natural resources careers involve production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture and other plant and animal products/resources.

Maine Certified Industry Standards



one of the following standards approved for specific CIPS:

  • CIP 01.0000 Agriculture, General uses NCAE Plant Systems; NCAE Natural Resource Systems
  • CIP 01.0205 Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology uses NCAE Power, Structural and Technical Systems
  • CIP 01.0304 Crop Production uses NCAE Plant Systems
  • CIP 01.0601 Applied Horticulture uses NCAE Plant Systems

Natural Resources and Conservation

  • CIP 03.0201 Natural Resources Management and Policy uses NCAE Natural Resource Systems
  • CIP 03.0511 Forest Technology/Technician uses the Certified Logging Professional (CLP) program

Parks, Recreation, Leisure & Fitness

  • CIP 31.0301 Parks Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management uses American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue and Whitewater Canoeing

Standards Documents

  • AFNR Standards (external PDF, choose AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards, 142 pages)
    • Career Ready Practices, pages 9 through 26
    • AFNR Cluster Skills, pages 27 through 35
    • Agribusiness Systems, pages 37 through 46
    • Animal Systems, pages 47 through 59
    • Biotechnology Systems, pages 60 through 71
    • Environmental Service Systems, pages 72 through 83
    • Food Products and Processing Systems, pages 84 through 92
    • Natural Resource Systems, pages 93 through 105
    • Plant Systems, pages 106 through 116
    • Power, Structural and Technical Systems, pages 117 through 126