Biotechnology, DNA & Genetics are a big part of agriculture…and our everyday lives!
DNA Ag in a Bag
McLean County (IL) teachers can request activity kits for their classroom:
O nline Reading Materials
3rd – 5th grades
6th – 8th grades
9th – 12th grades
Books to Read – set up a FREE account on openlibrary.org to read these online books for FREE!
Ag in the Classroom has great e-learning resources for junior & senior high school students! Check out some of these options:
– A Journey 2050 virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Students explore how to sustainably feed the world’s growing population by 2050. Once you register as a teacher, your students can enter your teacher code before playing each level and the game will generate a student report.
– explore the global food supply with portraits of 30 families from around the world showing what one week of groceries looks like for their family Hungry Planet – What the World Eats
– hands-on STEM activities. Some of these can be done with simple materials that students may have around the house. Purple Plow Puzzlers
– an interactive timeline of the history of Agriculture in the United States Growing a Nation
– virtual field trips to explore ag careers. Each one has an educator guide with options for extension activities. Ag Explorer
– explore biotechnology and the science of genetic engineering with step-by-step videos, computer based activities and quizzes Journey of a Gene
Discovery how plant breeding works with a colorful Ag Mag from the
American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
Topics include: definition of seed technology, how DNA works within the cell, what kinds of seeds are found around the world & how plant breeding has evolved.
Recommended for Grades 5-8
Please give us plenty of notice to order these ag mags to allow time for shipping.
Genetically modified organisms or GMOs are plants, animals or other organisms developed using genetic engineering.
Take a deeper dive into what that means and how scientists make those modifications with University of Illinois researcher and plant breeder, Dr. Brian Diers, in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast.
Click below to listen and remember to tune in every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. for the Farm to Table segment on WJBC Radio.
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Weed free fields are more than just for looks. Unwanted plants compete with the crop for sunlight, soil and water.
Check out some of the tools and strategies farmers use to control weeds in this week’s Farm Fresh Podcast with farmer Gerald Thompson.
Tune in every Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. for Farm to Table on WJBC Radio.