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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.

  • Building Hydroponic Systems
    Brian Waters bwaters2@unl.edu
    Welcome!  "Buildling Hydroponic Systems"  in an educational project being developed by the Waters Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Brian Waters has developed a system that can be used by researchers and educators to experiment with the uses of hydroponic systems. Please join this community for updates as new learning materials become available.    This site has been developed through grant funding provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

  • AgIdea Plant Breeding
    Deana Namuth-Covert dcovert2@unl.edu
    Place for us to organize people and classes/training opportunities interested in working together.

Featured Animations
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    Corn Rootworm Lifecycle and Bt
    This animation shows the lifecycle of the corn rootworm, as well as showing what happens when corn rootworm larvae consume roots containing Bt.
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    Herbicide Metabolism: Vacuolar Sequestration and Insoluble Residues
    General and specific examples of Phase III reactions involving herbicide metabolite transport into vacuoles or incorporation into cell walls.
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    Подробности трансляции-Translation-Russian
Featured Lessons
  • Analysis of Augmented Block Design Using R Part 3: Analyzing Treatments as Random Effects Ashu Guru University of Nebraska Raikes School Deana Namuth-Covert University of Nebraska Dept of Agronomy and Horticulture 2014 When planning any science research project to gain information for a particular goal or objective, much thought is placed into what is called the experimental design or layout of the experiment. This is important to ensure the researcher is able to obtain useful data which can later be analyzed and provide information as to whether or not the scientific hypothesis being tested is supported or rejected.  In this eLesson series we will look at a plant breeding experiment which uses the Augmented Design and utilize tools in R to analyze the data.      
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  • High School Quiz, Horticulture A brief high school level quiz of horticulture.
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  • Seed Lab Testing An overview of seed testing methods in the lab.
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  • International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Overview of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). The eLesson will explain the key elements of the ITPGRFA and the importance of having access to gene...
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  • Manure Phosphorus and Surface Water Protection II: Field and Management Factors This lesson describes how source factors, including soil characteristics and management practices, affect phosphorus (P) delivery to surface waters; and also discusses how crop producers can control...
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