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Dinner and data and drones, oh my!

Dinner and data and drones, oh my!

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 …

Making biodiesel from soybeans

Making biodiesel from soybeans

Nature doesn't waste anything. Why should we? Make biodiesel and create a scale model of an anaerobic digester, while investigating bioenergy and how it is produced.

Global trade in agriculture

Global trade in agriculture

Where did your food come from? How far did it travel? Many people are thinking about these questions prompted by the mantra “Buy Local.” But much of our food has been shipped by barge, ridden on rails and rolled on the road…

Soy fresh, soy clean

Soy fresh, soy clean

How clean is your lab station? About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Microbes in f…

High-oleic oil: What’s all the fuss?

High-oleic oil: What’s all the fuss?

How does chemical structure affect chemical performance? Trans fat is out, so back to the drawing board. In this unit, students will explore the chemical behavior of molecules related to the structure by 1) examining how the structure …

AFNR natural resources

AFNR natural resources

How do we impact natural resources by our activities? This unit helps meet some of the AFNR curriculum standards for natural resources. Students will learn how to test texture and other physical characteristics of soil, conduct water quality tests, …

Photoperiod: the floral initiator

Photoperiod: the floral initiator

What drives plants to flower and reproduce? In this lesson students will plant and care for soybeans under one of three different photoperiod regimes: First month: 16 hours; Second month: 14 hours; third month: 12 hours (control) 16 hours for all …

Nitrogen fixation and legumes: say what?

Nitrogen fixation and legumes: say what?

How do legumes fix nitrogen? If the atmosphere is about 80% Nitrogen (N2), but plants cannot use that form, how do they get nitrogen? In this unit, students plant and care for soybeans under one of …

Barges, Trains and Trucks: Moving soybeans

Barges, Trains and Trucks: Moving soybeans

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 …

AFNR food science

AFNR food science

What is food science? We are bombarded by new foods every time we go into a grocery store or watch television. Where are all of these foods coming from? Food science is the answer. …