Students organize inputs, outputs, and storages of a farming operation.
Research background about farming and practice the skills to conduct interviews that will lead to writing a case study about a local farmer.
Investigate various aspects that impact water quality, compare two areas with different impacts through the use of GoogleEarth and discover the two types of phosphate that can cause harmful algae blooms (HABs). After investigating, design an experiment to test one of the impacts on water or soil.
Although we have been farming for a large part of human history, modern farming is a complicated process. Fewer than 1% of the United States workers are farmers. Farming has its own jargon and culture and it is big business for many farmers in today’s economy. Watch this video to see why a farmer continues to farm. Decisions must be made based on economics and the environment. If costs of tilling and planting outweigh the yield from a field of corn, wheat or soybeans, the farmer cannot continue to do the same things the following year. There are many unknowns and factors that are out of the control of the farmer, as well: weather factors in particular. All the while, growers must maintain the fertility of the soil and protect the quality of the water, as those are the resources they depend upon most.