Apr 01, 2016 2016-04-01
Irrigation systems managed from iPads, animal nutrition tracked by computer chips, and tractors that drive using GPS are only a few examples of the ways farmers and ranchers are using technology to produce food in a sustainable manner. Discovering FARMLAND, a comprehensive education program created by US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance in conjunction with Discovery Education, will provide high school students nationwide with a firsthand glimpse into contemporary agriculture through The Smart Farm: Where Technology and Innovation Meet, a virtual field trip on April 5, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. (ET). Provided at no cost, this live event will transport classrooms across the country to a hog, corn, and soybean farm to see today’s modern agricultural practices in action. Students will hear from a fourth-generation farmer as he discusses technology and innovation on today’s smart farms. Students and educators can register for the 45-minute event and submit questions in advance to be answered live.
Plus: Discovering FARMLAND’s standards-aligned curriculum guides, lesson plans, and interactive resources are timely tools to help students gain real-world insights about where their food comes from. The program covers key issues in modern agriculture, including the way technology has transformed the industry; challenges farmers face, such as weather and growing conditions; common stereotypes around farmers and ranchers; and market supply and demand. The curriculum teaches students about food choices, sustainability, entrepreneurship, and antibiotics, among other topics.