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  • Sustainable Agriculture Models in the Midwest
    Instructor: Chuck Francis
    Established with the aid of a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant, this project was created to offer insight into what sustainability within agriculture actually looks like. Spread across eastern Nebraska, ten different farming operations are featured across the twenty different videos. Each farmer was interviewed by a high school student from a nearby school about what their operation does, how and why they choose to manage it in a certain way, and what makes it sustainable as well as what would make it more sustainable. Each video is accompanied by a short document including an overview of the operation, teaching objectives, and several questions to foster classroom discussion. Context specific modules were created encompassing the concept of sustainability as defined by social, economic, environmental factors. These additional modules pull information from across the different farmers to illustrate an overarching concept. It is our belief that creating modules exploring these three areas will increase appeal to educators outside of vocational agriculture departments. Business classes could easily incorporate the module on Niche Marketing or Biology classes the module on Soil Health. Our belief is that the true value of this tool lies in its locality. Resources for sustainable agriculture curricula are readily accessible with a quick Internet search, but few offer the added benefit of being directly applicable to the classroom’s region. These videos bring the farmer from the field into the classroom to enhance a segment of valuable, already packed class time with ease--providing instructors with the ability to connect course concepts to a real, regional farmer. The goal is not to substitute school to farm visits, but to facilitate an easier, less time-intensive alternative to readily supplement daily course material. Discussion documents that compliment each video provide contact information for the farmers to open up the possibility for taking the process a step further and bringing the classroom out to the farm. A deeper discussion may ensue following an introductory discussion based upon the provided video segments. Further, promotion of the cross-disciplinary potential of the videos will broaden the audience of students being exposed to alternative systems of agriculture and illustrate the relatedness of agriculture to every subject.

  • Plant Breeding Training Network (PBTN)
    Leah Sandall lsandall5@unl.edu
    Welcome to the Plant Breeding Training Network (PBTN)!  Feel free to browse the reference materials located within the community.  To go through a lesson, please follow the below information to set up a PBTN account that will allow you to enter the course.  Here are instructions about how to create a PBTN account. Building on infrastructure created through the support of the NSF, PBTN was created as part of the Triticeae CAP and is now supported by WheatCAP, both funded by USDA-NIFA. Please take a look around and we hope you find the materials, webinars, and courses in this environment to be rewarding. Together we can meet the food needs of a growing population, in the midst of climate challenges. We hope you become a frequent visitor of this site to share with us the experiences of this exciting project. Jason Cook and Leah Sandall PBTN Project Director and Administrator Jorge Dubcovsky and Eduard Akhunov WheatCAP Project Directors         

  • North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course
    Steve Young syoung4@unl.edu
    Welcome to the North American Invasive Plant Ecology and Management Short Course (NAIPSC) Online Community! The NAIPSC Online Community houses information about the NAIPSC Field Course, instructors, resources, and future opportunities to increase your knowledge of invasive plants. The 2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series The 2013-2014 NAIPSC Webinar Series is now done. NAIPSC members can view the archived version by logging onto the NAIPSC Online Community. For more information about the NAIPSC Webinar Series and the Online Community, contact Steve Young. 2014 NAIPSC Web Course The first annual NAIPSC WC took place January 22-23, 2014. We had great sessions, good discussion, and no one complained about the food, hotel, or flight delays! If you weren't able to join us, don't worry because we recorded each session and have made them available in an 'archived' version. If you want to watch the sessions, contact Steve Young for details. Invasive Plants: Impacts on Ecosystems Are you interested in more than just how to control invasive plants? Have you had questions about where invasive plants occur and how they are impacting the most pristine to the most degraded ecosystems? Maybe you just want to know what an invasive plant is. If so, then you need to sign up for the all new course entitled, "Invasive Plants: Impacts on Ecosystems". In this 15-week course offered through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you'll learn how invasive plants in arid climates are affecting hydrological cycles, the changes below-ground caused by invasive plants, the legacies of invasive plants, and much more. The format of this 3-credit course is similar to other college-level courses, except that the all of the instruction, materials, and activities are located online. You can participate from anywhere to hear the pre-recorded lectures, and be involved in the discussion board and complete the problem sets and other various assignments. To put all of your new found knowledge to use, an optional final project on several topics including land manager interviews, invasive plant spotlights, and creating an educational program will be available. For any professional, researcher, student, or instructor working or teaching in the fields of conservation or land management, this course is for you. No other course is going to teach you the 'why' and 'how' relating to the establishment of invasive plants in terrestrial ecosystems. Find out more by contacting Dr. Steve Young (steve.young@unl.edu) or downloading a brochure. The 2014 course has already begun, but a shorter 5-week version is being developed.

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Featured Animations
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    ECB and Bt
    This animation shows how Bt causes death in the European corn borer (ECB).
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    ECB Lifecycle
    This animation goes through the life cycle of the European corn borer.
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    Herbicide Metabolism: Reduction
    General and specific examples of major reductive Phase I reactions are shown in this animation.
Featured Lessons
  • MB4 Phenotyping in MAB Phenotyping in MAB Aspects related to Marker-Assisted Breeding Theresa Fulton Cornell University, Dept of Plant Breeding Martin Matute Montana State University, Dept of Plant Science and Plant Pathology Deana Namuth-Covert University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept of Agronomy and Horticulture 2014 This eLesson was supported in part by the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants CAP project 2011-68002-30029 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, administered by the University of California-Davis. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USDA -NIFA.
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  • Soil Genesis and Development, Lesson 1 - Rocks, Minerals, and Soils This lesson identifies some common rocks and minerals and how they influence soil formation.
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  • Introduction to Experimental Design Marcos Malosetti and Fred van Eeuwijk (with contributions from Saskia Burgers, Gerrit Gort, and Bas Engel) Biometris, Wageningen UR Martin M. Matute: Montana State University; Plant Science/Pathol...
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  • Corn Rootworm - Part 1: Description of Corn Rootworm and Other Early Season Corn Pests This lesson will discuss the corn rootworm complex, which consists of the northern, western, and southern corn rootworm, focusing on the northern and western species. The information in this lesson ...
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  • Module 3: Biotechnology Practice Applications Examines functional foods, allergens, genetic engineering, and food safety.
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