Nashville, Tennessee

June 12-22, 2017

Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR)                    

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This course introduces students to the range of agricultural opportunities, the pathways of study they may pursue, and the science, mathematics, reading, and writing components they will use throughout the curriculum. Woven throughout the course are hands-on activities and practical applications designed to develop and improve employability skills of students. Students will explore career and post-secondary opportunities in each area of the course.

Through the CASE AFNR Institute offered at TSU, teachers are provided intense hands-on professional development to facilitate instruction of the AFNR course. The CASE curriculum is free to those who successfully complete a CASE Institute. CASE teachers receive complimentary updates to the curriculum and many other services throughout their careers. For details about CASE and certification information, please visit Click here for an AFNR brochure.

dnatest Registration                           

The cost of each institute at TSU is $3,000 per participant. Late registration is $3,250 per participant. The price includes the curriculum, cost of facilitation (TSU Faculty) and instruction (by expert ag educators who teach CASE AFNR every day) and materials, CASE Administration fees, CASE instructor salaries, a CASE polo shirt, printing, lodging, parking, meals, etc. The reason our costs are on the high side is because of the unusually high hotel rates in our "It City" of Nashville. Lots of folks want to be here in June. The institute will be right on the coat tails of the popular CMA Festival, actually.

Early registration must be paid by April 1. HOWEVER, PAYMENT MUST BE MADE NO LATER THAN ONE MONTH AFTER REGISTRATION AND INVOICING. For instance, if you register on January 10th, you should be invoiced by January 15th. Your payment will be due February 15th. If payment is not received by then, your registration will be voided, and your spot will be opened up.

Purchase orders and checks should be made payable to Tennessee State University ℅ Ms. Linda Buchanan immediately after online registration and an email invoice from TSU. Submit Purchase Orders via email to or via fax at 615-963-7798 ℅ Ms. Linda Buchanan or via postal mail at: Ms. Linda Buchanan, Tennessee State University, P.O. Box 9543, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209.

Click here to REGISTER for TSU-CASE-AFNR                                                                                                       

Institute Location
Both Institutes will be held each day in the Agricultural Education STEM Building pictured here. It is located at 1515 Ed Temple Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209. For folks not taking the shuttle from the hotel, there is ample, free parking.



The TSU-AFNR Institute will begin on Monday, June 12 and end on Thursday, June 22. In addition to the required hours of instruction, participants will also have homework each evening to be completed at the hotel. ALL participants MUST be present for the entire CASE Institute - NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be no class on Saturday (6/17) and Sunday (6/18).


If you have any questions about the CASE schedule, please contact CASE Affiliate Professor, Dr. John C. Ricketts (pictured below).                               

June 12                                   
Evening registration and the kickoff orientation will be held at the Ag Ed STEM Building at 4pm sharp. Flights should arrive in Nashville (BNA) by 2pm. The shuttle from the hotel to the Ag Ed STEM Building will depart the main lobby area at 3:30pm. 

June 13-16
(T-F) Class starts promptly each day at 8am and finishes at 5pm. Short-Lunch Schedule (lunch from 12:00pm-1:00pm)                              

June 17-18
(Sat.-Sun.) Free Time - See The Fun Stuff section below for ideas for exploring Nashville.

June 19-22
(M-R) Class starts promptly each day at 8am and finishes at 5pm with the exception of the final day. The institute should conclude by 1:00pm on the last day. Please do not make flight arrangements that leave before 4:00pm.

What is CASE like?                           

Watch the following video for a sneak peak of a CASE Institute.



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Participants will be housed at the ____________.
Lodging details will be posted when they become available.

Travel Details                           


Nashville International Airport (BNA), host to many airlines and servicing many cities, just finished celebrating its 75 year anniversary. BNA makes you feel like you are in the Country Music Capital of the world upon your arrival with live music at several venues and gravy and biscuits or BBQ from a TSU favorite, Swett's Restaurant in Concourse C. Side note: BNA proudly supports education by being active in Metro Nashville Public Schools through the PENCIL Partner program and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program. 

Travel to and from the airport                              

When the hotel is confirmed, we will post their suggested travel arrangements to arrive at the hotel.
A taxi is approximately $38 one way from the airport.



Parking at the Ag Ed STEM Building is free.


Maps of Campus and Surrounding Community                              

Map of West End and Surrounding Community                              

Map of Downtown Nashville                              

College Credit                              

Three hours of credit for the course is available. The course is AGSC 5050 Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education. For those seeking college credit, they will need to complete the following steps quickly.

Step One - Apply online as a "non-degree" seeking student HERE by April 1. You will need to set up a login and PIN number to apply.

Step Two - You will need to contact the institution where you got your undergrad degree and have them send a transcript to TSU. Any questions about this part of the process can be answered HERE.

Step Three - Once you are admitted you will need to register for AGSC 5050.

The Fun Stuff                              

One of the best parts about CASE AFNR in Nashville is all of the opportunities you will have to unwind after the homework is done. The best source of information for this type of planning is and the Nashville Music City Vacation Guide.







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