Teaching Resources

Biking through agricultrue

Dr. Porter of the agronomy/agroecology department in the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Sciences at the University of Minnesota is biking across South America and beaming back information for classrooms. The university is developing a K-12 curriculum that focuses on issues of agriculture that goes along with what he experiences on his adventure.

You can access all of the information about the project here: http://www.eatbikegrow.com. If you want to just see the curriculum, visit http://eatbikegrow.ning.com/page/curriculum.

Marine aquaculture resources

Raising saltwater fish in your classroom? Check out the MIT Sea Grant (targeted to grades sixth - eighth but could go through high school).

The Fish Trade -- examine the interdependence of global trade in the context of the economic and social aspects of fisheries and aquaculture.

Aquaculture as Sustainable Agriculture (National Council for Ag Education). For grades eight - 12. The lesson plans and curriculum guide are from 1996, but the concepts still valid.

Agweb releases new tool to view real-time corn harvest results

From row crop farmers to commodity traders and end users, the entire industry of agriculture is keenly interested in this year's corn harvest. To view it, go to AgWeb. To help farmers track actual results, AgWeb introduces the interactive Corn Harvest Map to give users and followers a chance to see real-time corn harvest results from across the country.

"This is something that has not been available in the past and it gives the ability to have the same information as the USDA and the grain trade, without waiting for monthly USDA reports." The Corn Harvest Map shows, by color, the average yields for a given state and county, based on data provided by AgWeb users throughout the harvest season. It resembles a stock heat map, but rather than stock values, the value on this map is yield results. The colors change based on the actual yield results that farmers report to AgWeb. Farmers enter the average yield per acre they've received, the total acres that yield comes from and their zip code. The information is not attributed to any single farm or farmer, but is aggregated by state and county to create a visual picture of yields. Selecting a specific state allows the user to see the county-by-county yield average in that state.