Environmental science

The environment is important to everyone, but especially farmers. Farming depends on healthy soil, predictable climate and planning. These pieces highlight ways that data is informing farmer decisions, engineering is helping farmers solve problems, and science is affecting crop yield and best management practices.

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Barbara Bloetscher

State Apiarist/ Entomologist for The Ohio Dept of Agriculture, Division of Plant Health
honey bees apiarist biology
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Barges, Trains and Trucks: Moving soybeans

2 lessons, 10 files
Why is transportation for commodity crops so critical? Infrastructure is critical to the functions of the country, in particular the shipment of commodity crops such as soybeans. This unit introduces students to several types of infrastructure that are …
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Barry McGraw

Director, Product Development and Commercialization at the Ohio Soybean Council
stem aquaculture engineering research and development soy-based products soybeans
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Bioproducts

Aug 10, 2017
Ohio is a leading producer of soybeans and polymers which means thousands of job opportunities! Learn about the production of bioproducts and the many related career paths.
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Chuck Crawford

Environmental Science Teacher at Dublin Jerome High School
agriculture education data environmental science simulations urban farming
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Compaction: where the rubber meets the road‍

It can be said that compaction occurs where the rubber meets the road, or in this case, the rubber meets the soil. “If you think about how roads are designed and built, they are constructed to handle heavy loads. It comes down to a function of the a …
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Comparing nozzle spray rates for smart farming

Jan 7, 2019
How do different nozzles affect application rates on crops? Dan Schmiesing of Upper Valley Career Center used the activity Managing nutrient and pesticide needs in agriculture with juniors in his Ag Power and Technology Class to show them! …
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CRISPR may save chocolate!!

Jun 21, 2019
Reid Rice, research scientist for Pioneer, shared information about current seed research projects with the teachers at Ohio Soybean Council-sponsored Ag Biotech Academy. The participants learned about biotech in seed science. Rice said, “Trait s …
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Dinner and data and drones, oh my!

3 lessons, 5 files
What technologies are used to help farmers become more productive and more sustainable? Drones (or UAVs-unmanned aerial vehicles) are taking to the skies. What are they doing up there? What other technologies are there that help growers become more productive, yet more thoughtful about …
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Donna Meller

High school science teacher at Pettisville High School: Science 8, Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and High School Research Class
biology chemistry environmental science food science stem anatomy & physiology physics renewable energy science fair
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Drone demo at dinner

Jun 21, 2019
Alex Ryan of OSU Precision Ag came to the Ag Biotech Academy industry dinner and demonstrated his drone to the teachers gathered there. He was able to fly the drone over the fields around the dinner area and display the video on a computer screen. …
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Engineering solutions in agriculture

2 lessons, 2 files
How does modern agriculture use engineering to address soil compaction? Looking for an activity that combines robotics, coding and engineering with a real life problem? This unit uses MakeBlock parts, Scratch programming and modeling to help students design a solution to …
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Global aquaculture

Jul 6, 2017
Have you considered a career in aquaculture? Watch and learn more about this fast-growing, global career.
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Greg LaBarge

Field Specialist, Agronomic Systems at The Ohio State University Extension
ohio state university agronomist extension nutrients plant science water quality
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Heather Bryan

Former Environmental Science Teacher and Education Consultant at Education Projects & Partnerships
biology environmental science farming
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Jason Hardin

Microbiology and Environmental Science Teacher; Environmental Club Advisor at Gahanna Lincoln High School
biology environmental science genetics microbiology
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Jeff Goodbar

Regional sales manager, Sunrise Cooperative
biotech biology agronomy biofuels herbicides fertilizer plant genetics agriscience
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Jeff Jostpille

Biology, Anatomy, Environmental Science, Botany, Zoology, 8th Grade Science teacher at Fort Jennings High School
biology environmental science
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John Thomas

Biotechnology and Environmental Science instructor at Tolles Technical Center, Fairbanks Middle and High School
biotechnology genetics toxicology aquaponics
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Kathy Daniels

AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, Environmental Science, Biology teacher for Mississinewa Community Schools
alternative energy biofuels biotechnology global climate change gmos
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Lara Alpan

Plant Breeding Communication Manager, Crop Science
plant breeding biotech global agriculture stem
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Leah McHale

Associate Professor, soybean breeder and geneticist at The Ohio State University
ohio state university horticulture pest management plant genetics plant science seeds
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Libby Dayton

Soil Scientist at the Ohio State University
ohio state university nutrients plant science soil science water quality
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Living the hive life

3 lessons, 8 files
How important are honey bees to our food supply? What’s happening to honey bees? This unit contains three different ways to learn about honey bees and pollinators: a video for all to learn more about bees and how to successfully keep them, a p …
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Maintaining our yield

3 lessons, 10 files
How do biotic and abiotic factors affect populations? Create experiments to test how abiotic factors impact soybean germination, go into the field and laboratory to determine the impact of aphid populations on soybeans, and experiment with aphid …
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Managing plant pathogens using integrated pest management (IPM)

Apr 2, 2018
Do you like to work outside? A Plant Pathology and Microbiology Scientist talks about scouting for pest problems in a soybean field. Thank you to PBS Learning Media for providing this video. Credit: This module was designed and produced by Iowa …
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Precision agriculture

Oct 5, 2017
Matt Liskai the President/Co-Owner of Green Field Ag talks about his career in precision agriculture.
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Smart farming: using data to make decisions

5 lessons, 24 files
What kind of data do farmers use to make decisions? Where does that data come from? Become a "farmer" on a journey from pre-planting to harvest to see what decisions farmers are making every year as they farm. Growers across the country are gaining access to more and more data about …
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Soy protein and world hunger

How can soy protein be used to address global hunger? As the world population continues to grow, world hunger must be addressed. This course helps students to identify rapid population growth areas, global hunger areas and hunger health risks. They will compare national protein consumption using nutritional information and learn how the protein content in soybeans is important in the fight against world hunger.

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Summit students tackle food security

Apr 17, 2019
Food security—it’s a BIG issue! The Ohio STEM Learning Network’s 2019 Design Challenge is to work as a team to imagine, design and prototype a solution to increase food security in your life, community, or world. Students across Ohio are considering dif …
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Todd Tayloe

Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Human Biology teacher at Carroll High School
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Unplanted acres and unanswered questions about Lake Erie’s algal bloom‍

“So where is it coming from, and what more can we do?” This is a question many northwest Ohio farmers ask themselves, knowing they will likely be the ones to take the blame as the subject of the Lake Erie algal bloom regularly makes headlines in the pap …
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Water quality

What factors are used to judge water quality? What human activities might lead to cultural eutrophication and harmful algal blooms? Students will learn about the process and effects of cultural eutrophication and describe ways to reduce risk.

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Water quality and human impacts

2 lessons, 7 files
Why is water quality important? How is water quality measured? The US EPA has set water quality standards in accordance with the Clean Water Act: Water quality standards are important because they help to protect and restore the quality of the Nation's surface …
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Where does our food come from, anyway?

3 lessons, 7 files
How do growers’ decisions affect the sustainability of agricultural systems? Understand and appreciate food producers through this case study and determine what decisions must be made on a yearly, monthly or daily basis to maintain an environmental system that will continue …
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Working on water quality: touring a demonstration farm

Sep 13, 2019
The environment matters to everyone, but especially to farmers—they make their living from the land! So when water quality in Lake Erie is compromised, farmers want to do their part to help. Teachers at the recent Ohio Soybean Council-sponsored B …