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Farming Today and Tomorrow

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  1. CampSilos in the Classroom: What Teachers are Saying
  2. National Standards
  3. Goals and Objectives
  4. Lesson Plans
    1. Introduction
    2. Quick Facts
    3. A Day in the Life
    4. Scavenger Hunt - Pollution Solution
    5. Farm Tech Trek - How Farmers Use GPS
    6. Newsroom - Today's Farm Economy
    7. Mystery Photo
  5. Student Activities
  6. Ag Resources and Webliography
  7. CampSilos Feedback Form

Goals and Objectives


As the world population increases, American agriculture must meet the global needs for food and fiber now and into the future. Based upon online readings and exploration of community resources, students will understand issues related to modern American farming including preservation of the natural environment, the impact of a global economy, marketing of value-added products, demographic changes impacting the lives of farmers and the development of technologically advanced production systems.

Specific Objectives

Upon completion of the learning activities in the Farming Today and Tomorrow module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how sustainable farming helps to conserve land and water resources.
  • Identify important people who have impacted the development of agriculture in Iowa and throughout the world.
  • List Iowa's most important farm products.
  • List the diverse farm products that are opening new markets for small farmers.
  • Interview a farmer and retell the daily schedule of a farmer.
  • Describe alternate uses of corn and soybeans.
  • Explain the term "value-added" as applied to Iowa's farm products.
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of corporate farms and family farms.
  • Explain why Iowa farms are becoming larger and more specialized.
  • Describe why export markets are important to the farm economy.
  • Trace the development of farming from pioneer subsistence to the use of complex modern farm technology.
  • Explain how satellites assist farmers and define how GPS and GIS systems make farming more efficient.

Student Activities

  1. Introduction
  2. Quick Facts
  3. A Day in the Life
  4. Farm Tech Trek
  5. Scavenger Hunt
  6. Newsroom
  7. Mystery Photo
  8. Ag Resource Library
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