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Drones and the Future of Farming

From driverless tractors to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), farming technology is rapidly evolving. Farmers can use drones to identify specific plants that are diseased or infested with bugs, to save water and resources, and to get a bird's-eye view of their crops.

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Soil Science Videos

Soil Science Videos | AgroWorld - April | May 2016 | Scoop.it

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) created 12 videos for the International Year of Soils in 2015. Learn more about the importance of this resource we often times term as dirt.

 

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This may be the International Year of Pulses, but the video resources created for the International Year of Soils (2015) by the Soil Science Society of America will support your instruction now, and for years to come, concerning the importance of soil.

 

 

 

 

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CRISPR: A Word Processor for Editing the Genome

Since the discovery of DNA’s fundamental role in building and sustaining life, scientists have dreamed of having the ability to easily edit DNA in very precise ways. This video explores how a group of scientists made a major breakthrough in understanding the bacterial immune response, called the CRISPR/Cas system, and discovered a way to utilize this system to create a new technique to specifically change the DNA sequence of any organism with great ease.

 

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How might the new technology impact agriculture?

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How Does It Grow?

How Does It Grow? | AgroWorld - April | May 2016 | Scoop.it
Telling the stories of our food from field to fork.
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This video series follows food from farm to fork. Learn more about potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, cranberries, garlic, cauliflower, spinach, oranges and more! A great way to introduce food science and cooking!

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Smartphones Enlisted to Battle Crop Disease

Smartphones Enlisted to Battle Crop Disease | AgroWorld - April | May 2016 | Scoop.it

The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates crop diseases annually reduce potential yields by 40 percent. A new photo database, "PlantVillage," may help by automatically diagnosing crop disease to aid in prevention or control. 

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Resources to Celebrate the International Year of the Pulses

Resources to Celebrate the International Year of the Pulses | AgroWorld - April | May 2016 | Scoop.it

The United Nations has designated 2016 the International Year of Pulses, celebrating the important role peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas play in health, nutrition, sustainability, and feeding the world. Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is proud to partner with Pulse Canada in offering lesson plans for educators across Canada to bring curriculum linked pulse concepts to the classroom.

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Agriculture in the Classroom Canada is proud to be a part of the International Year of Pulses and has created some easily adapted lesson plans to celebrate pulses and agriculture!

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USDA ARS - Imaging Detects Decay in Bagged Cut Lettuce

USDA ARS - Imaging Detects Decay in Bagged Cut Lettuce | AgroWorld - April | May 2016 | Scoop.it

ARS scientists and collaborators have developed nondestructive imaging technologies—based on hyperspectral imaging and chlorophyll fluorescence imaging—that can detect decay in bagged cut lettuce.

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GMOs Bad?

"Why are GMOs bad? They aren’t. They just aren’t, not intrinsically, and certainly not for your health. We’ve been eating them for decades with no ill effects, which makes sense, because a genetically modified organism is simply an organism, like every other organism, produces hundreds of thousands of proteins, but one or two of them are proteins that were chosen specifically by humans."

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Science changes societies; what do you think about the social concerns raised in this video related to feeding a growing world population?

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Feeding the World & Protecting the Environment

Feeding the World & Protecting the Environment | AgroWorld - April | May 2016 | Scoop.it

This supplemental resource was developed for environmental science educators to provide content and labs about fertilizer’s role in federal regulations, such as the Clean Water Act. Additionally the supplement provides an overview of sustainability and 4R nutrient stewardship. Available as a downloadable PDF.

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Journey of a Gene

Journey of a Gene | AgroWorld - April | May 2016 | Scoop.it
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Great video series explaining the steps to solving a "real-world" problem with genetic engineering.

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