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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.

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  • UNL Plant Breeding and Genetics Symposium

    Please join us for the 2017 UNL Plant Breeding and Genetics Symposium! March 14, 2017 POSTER ABSTRACT and SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION deadline is February 24.   We have a new website please follow the link below.  CLICK HERE

Featured Animations
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    Protein Synthesis: Transcription/Translation Overview
    This animation shows the transcription process of RNA within the plant cell. Single stranded RNA moves out of the cell where it is translated into proteins. This is the first in a series of three animations on protein synthesis. The other two animations are Transcription and Translation.
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    Descripción General de la Acción de los Herbicidas Auxinicos
    Esta animación resume la forma en que las auxinas y los herbicidas auxinicos pueden activar ciertos genes y como los productos de esos genes pueden alterar el crecimiento de las plantas.
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    Herbicide Affects on the Chlorophyll Pathway
    This animation illustrates how herbicides affect the chlorophyll pathway and ultimately cause lipid peroxidation.
Featured Lessons
  • Corn Breeding: Introduction to Concepts in Quantitative Genetics This is the second in a series of lessons specifically designed to instruct individuals without any formal training in genetics or statistics about the science of corn breeding. Individuals with formal training in genetics or statistics but without any training in plant breeding also may benefit from taking these lessons.
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  • Quantitative Traits Examines quantitative versus qualitative traits, looking at the use of phenotypes in determining quantitative control of heritability.  
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  • Evolution This lesson describes an evolution story that is unfolding today in farmers fields around the world.
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  • Module 5: Allergenicity This lesson discusses some of the issues that consumers experience following exposure to certain foods. This lesson will define and discuss food allergies, properties of food allergens, as well as the...
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  • Plant Pigments and Photosynthesis This lesson will examine the two major classes of phototsynthetic pigments, chlorophylls and carotenoids, their biochemical structures and their biosynthesis. The organization of these pigments into ...
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University of Minnesota
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