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.cfm  
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What is a Gene Drive?

Gene drives have the potential to change the genetic makeup of entire populations, like mosquitoes that carry malaria."

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How might this technology change agriculture?

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Reproduction & Genetic Modification

Reproduction & Genetic Modification | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

Make the discussion of sexual reproduction and genetic modification in plants easier with the use of this updated infographic and many others you will find on this website.

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Ag Census Web Maps

Ag Census Web Maps | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

If you have questions about what grows where, visit the USDA Ag Census Web Map which provides the most current data on where crops are grown, yields, farm values and more!

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Hugh Hammond Bennett: The Story of America’s Private Lands Conservation Movement

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) presents a documentary on the soil conservation pioneer Hugh Hammond Bennett. His Dust Bowl legacy lives on and changed how we value and conserve our soil!

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This comprehensive 21-minute video highlights the endeavors of one man who changed farming practices through science and policy. 

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Vertical Farming

Vertical Farming | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

How can we grow in new directions? In this video for middle school, explore ways to reduce our impact on the environment by thinking about farming in a new direction...up!

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This video produced by the California Academy of Sciences couples a short video with lesson plan approaches to critical thinking. What do you think about vertical farming? Sustainable? Necessary?

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Precision Agriculture Technologies and Factors Affecting Their Adoption

Precision Agriculture Technologies and Factors Affecting Their Adoption | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that precision agriculture technologies like global positioning system (GPS) guidance, are crucial in helping farmers gather information on changing field conditions to adjust production practices. This is just one example of how farmers can meet the needs of the growing population.

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Learn more about which technologies are being adopted and why. Will autonomous tractors be common on farms in the next 10 years?

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Digital Farming 360°

Have you ever wondered what digitalization and farming have in common? #DigitalFarming can help farmers predict what is coming around the corner.

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Google Cardboard or Virtual Reality (VR) headsets can provide you and your students with a 360 view of agriculture. You’ve already got the YouTube app on your phone, and it’s one of the most important VR apps. Just search for “360 video” in YouTube and you’ll uncover an enormous (and ever expanding) range of content optimized for VR viewing. After you see these, consider creating your own farm field trips!

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How to Read Nutrition Facts | Food Labels Made Easy

This video makes reading a nutrition label easy!

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#GiveACrop: The Stylist

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"The Stylist" is just one of several one minute videos that could be used to introduce lessons with connections to food and agriculture.

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Discovering Farmland

Discovering Farmland | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), in partnership with Discovery Education, is offering free lesson plans and online resources to teachers in both rural and urban settings through the Discovering Farmland curriculum. First launched in 2015 using content and videos from the award-winning documentary, Farmland, the curriculum brings to life critical issues impacting agriculture, such as sustainability and the new science behind farming and entrepreneurship.

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