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 important for the movement of soybeans from grower to processor to consumer. Students analyze data and calculate capacity for each method of transportation.
Students read a position paper from ASA and recent articles on infrastructure and its importance to agriculture, and share with classmates. Teacher instructions, student pages and articles are included.
In July 2014, the American Soybean Association released a position paper supporting waterway and highway transportation infrastructure improvements and protections.
ASA supports the funding of dredging projects and increased monies toward dams and lock improvements along the Mississippi River. ASA also supports a revision of truck weight limits in the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act (SETA).
In one week during the August of 2015, the amount of soybeans and other commodity crops shipped by container ship for export, nearly exceeded 2 million metric tons!
Next gen standards
Science and engineering practices
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Disciplinary core ideas/content
ESS3A Natural resources
ESS3C Human impacts on Earth systems
LS2C Ecosystem dynamics, functioning and resilience
ETS1B Developing possible solutions
ETS2B Influence of engineering, technology and science on society and the natural world
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