AgroWorld - November | December
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AgroWorld - November | December
AgroWorld (published four times a year) has been developed for the busy middle and high school educator and their students. Each issue features current events, classroom resources, and activities, that seek to improve agricultural literacy and enhance STEM, nutrition, and social studies education. Enjoy this issue and be sure to visit the National Agriculture in the Classroom website for a complete index of previously featured resources. http://agclassroom.org/agroworld/index.htm
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Apple Genetics

Apple Genetics | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

"Students learn about apple genetics related to production through a hands-on activity exploring the characteristics of apple varieties. Students will apply their knowledge of heredity and genetics to discover how new varieties of apples are developed through cross-breeding techniques."

AgroWorld's insight:

The National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix is an online, searchable, and standards-based curriculum map for K-12 teachers. The Matrix contextualizes national education standards in science, social studies, and nutrition education with relevant instructional resources linked to Common Core Standards. Use this free database to search for engaging the classroom-ready resources like Apple Genetics.

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From Drone to Tractor – How Using a Precision Farming UAV can Improve Crop Management

Learn more about how using a precision farming drone can help agricultural professionals improve their crop management systems."

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This overview shows how farmers can use drones to farm more sustainably.

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Global Hero is Live!

Global Hero is Live! | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

"Featuring the 17 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), Global Hero allows users to compete in 17 mini-games that showcase each goal at a high level. Connect and challenge your Facebook friends to earn the top spot on the leaderboard! Download Global Hero from your mobile device app store!"

AgroWorld's insight:

Sustainable agriculture is an essential component of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. After learning about the other 17 goals, consider how agriculture plays an integral role in a sustainable future!

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Retail Food Price Inflation Varies Geographically

Retail Food Price Inflation Varies Geographically | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

"Between 2006 and 2015, food prices in supermarkets, supercenters, convenience stores, and other retailers rose 25.5 percent nationally, at a time when overall inflation rose 17.6 percent. Retail food price inflation, however, varies by geographic location."

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“One Health” Antibiotic Awareness

“One Health” Antibiotic Awareness | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

"Overuse of antibiotics in humans and animals is a major factor leading to resistance development. That’s where the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) comes into play. Since 1996, the group has provided key information about emerging bacterial resistance and led efforts to limit the spread of resistance. USDA’s role in NARMS finds our department monitoring and analyzing changes in antibiotic resistance on farms and in food-processing plants."

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Each year, more than 23,000 people in the United States die from antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections. Learn more about how USDA works with  National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS).

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Campus Ties - Gamified Science & Career Learning

Campus Ties - Gamified Science & Career Learning | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

"Campus Ties is gamified science learning for college and college-bound students. In a mobile-driven platform learners work with bite-sized lessons created by trusted experts, connect with others, and discover new opportunities. Campus Ties has built-in assessments and upon completion of courses learners receive micro-certificates that can be displayed in their portfolios.

We interviewed current college students and high schoolers and came up with a mobile-centric gamified learning platform. It’s based on cognitive science and how smaller chunks of interconnected knowledge can make learning more effective and how gaming can make it more engaging. The platform is modularized and is designed to support learning in other domains and do corporate training."

AgroWorld's insight:

This is a great resource for career explorations in agriculture and related STEM areas. Create a login and you are ready to begin!

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Science Today: Cow Power

Why not use microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, fungus, etc.) to create sustainable energy and fuel?

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Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Recommendations for $2.10 to $2.60 per Day

Meeting Fruit and Vegetable Recommendations for $2.10 to $2.60 per Day | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

"Increasing Americans’ fruit and vegetable consumption has been a long-standing goal of nutrition advocates and health-oriented government agencies. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans echoes advice from the 2010 and 2005 editions of the Dietary Guidelines that persons needing 2,000 calories per day include 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables in their daily diets. According to USDA-ERS research, however, the average American adult consumes only 1.1 cups of fruit and 1.6 cups of vegetables per day."

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A Better Way to Apply Beneficial Nematodes

A Better Way to Apply Beneficial Nematodes | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it
Growers are getting much-needed help with a formidable insect foe: the lesser peachtree borer from ARS scientists who have developed sustainable and cost-effective ways to combat this destructive pest.
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MyPlate Resources

MyPlate Resources | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

The ChooseMyPlate.gov website includes a number of print materials which are available as downloadable PDFs. These materials are in the public domain and therefore no permission is needed to print, reproduce, or use them. The ChooseMyPlate.gov website includes a number of print materials which are available as downloadable PDFs. These materials are in the public domain and therefore no permission is needed to print, reproduce, or use them. The ChooseMyPlate.gov website includes a number of print materials which are available as downloadable PDFs. These materials are in the public domain and therefore no permission is needed to print, reproduce, or use them. 

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If you need nutrition and MyPlate related resources this site has numerous resources in English and Spanish. Be sure to check out the online quizzes!

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