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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Phenomena in Agriculture

Phenomena in Agriculture | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

Why do sunflowers follow the sun? A phenomenon is simply an observable event. In the science classroom a carefully chosen phenomenon can drive student inquiry. Phenomena add relevance to the science classroom showing students science in their own world.

AgroWorld's insight:

The middle school and high school "Life Sciences" lists on this website provide several agricultural examples for episodes in phenomena storylines.

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Learn GMO

Learn GMO | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

In this KNOW GMO VLOG, Director and writer Nick Saik talks to his viewers about who he is, and what motivates him to do a project like LEARN GMO.

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Be sure to check out the entire Learn GMO Series to consider "Are we screwed or not?" Topics discuss two kinds of farming and two kinds of foods.

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Xaver: Field Robots of the Future

They are mobile. They are cloud-controlled. And they are many. The basic idea is simplification and work efficiency.

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How might robots like these impact agricultural laborers and the farm economy?

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United Nations World Food Program 2017 Hunger Map

United Nations World Food Program 2017 Hunger Map | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

From Africa and Asia to Latin America and the Near East, there are 815 million people in the world who do not get enough food to lead a normal, active life. This downloadable high resolution Hunger Map provides invaluable information that helps school teachers and children learn more about the biggest single risk to global health.

AgroWorld's insight:

Check out the latest version of the United Nations Hunger Map. What are some ways we can work to solve hunger?

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A World of Cotton

A World of Cotton | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

Cotton is a globally important crop with many uses. But cotton growers are continually dealing with environmental challenges like drought and pests. How do producers stay ahead of these challenges?

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Explore the content of this website to learn more about cotton's wild ancestors, and some of the approaches scientists are using to study and improve cotton plants.

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Food Facts: 7 Reasons to Eat Insects

Eating bugs may not seem appetizing, but according to John Coupland, PhD, CFS, Professor of Food Science at Penn State University and spokesperson for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), insects are a sustainable alternative protein source.

AgroWorld's insight:

What do you think? Are eating bugs disgusting or a way to feed our growing population?

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Rice Farming TV

Rice Farming TV | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

Rice Farming TV is educational and dynamic. The episodes are presented in chronological order throughout the growing season. Follow Rice Growing TV.

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Your students might be surprised to know that rice grows in the USA. What states besides California grow rice? How is it planted and harvested? These well done videos look at science of producing this important crop.

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Robotic Farming of the Future

The University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics are pioneers when it comes to robotic farming. Having developed a series of driverless tractors, they give us a sneak peek as to how future farms and orchards will operate in the era of mass automation.

AgroWorld's insight:

Robots are getting better and with the growing sophistication of artificial intelligence how may some of the robots in this video be used in the future?

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Here's How America Uses Its Land

Here's How America Uses Its Land | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

Using surveys, satellite images and categorizations from various government agencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture divides the U.S. into six major types of land. The data can’t be pinpointed to a city block—each square on the map represents 250,000 acres of land. But piecing the data together state-by-state can give a general sense of how U.S. land is used.

AgroWorld's insight:

The maps on this website can be used to determine how Americans use land to create wealth. What types of predictions or models can you construct from these maps?

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Crop Intensity from Space

Crop Intensity from Space | AgroWorld - November | December | Scoop.it

The images on this site show crop intensity data (regions that produce the most crops), followed by the cropland products of 26 countries that produce 82% of the world's food. The final image shows the the population density in 2002 and the projected population in 2050.

AgroWorld's insight:

Follow the link to a video/animation that displays several important global agricultural trends. NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio has produced many other agricultural visualizations that would be useful for teaching about the patterns of global agriculture.

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