8 THINGS TEACHERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AGRICULTURE

1. Hormones in Poultry

They do NOT exist! Farmers do not inject hormones into poultry (chicken or turkey) to increase production because it is illegal! Could you imagine a poultry farmer trying to inject each of his animals with hormones?! The farmers would be the ones that would be running around with their head cut off!

2.  4 Popular Types of Corn

Dent- This corn is used to feed for animals and is the base product in some of the foods we eat like corn flakes for example.

Sweet- This is the type people can buy and eat right off the corn cob or buy in in the grocery store.

Popcorn- Americans favorite pastime snack!

Indian- Traditionally used as decoration pieces

types of corn

3.  Corn planting, harvesting, storage

Corn is planted between April-May and then harvested between September-November, God willing. When corn is harvested it is either stored in grain bins or taken to a local grain elevator to be shipped.

planting to harvest

4.  Need a Job?

The agriculture industry is looking to attract enough workers because there is a growing demand. According to a study from USA Today it found that between the years of 2010-2015 that an estimated 54,400 jobs would be created annually for agriculture.

 5. Signs in the fields around summer

Before you take a dish to a family get together you want to make sure it’s a hit first, right? It’s the same for farmers and their fields! Some farmers like to test which type of seed from companies work best with their field they are planting in. These farmers then get a variety of all sorts of seeds and plant a few rows to determine which one yields (produces) the most. The signs are used for advertisement.

#9 Field Signs

6.  GMO’s in Corn

More babies are being brought into the world each year but how are we supposed to feed them? By allowing Genetically Modified Organisms into crops like corn is allowing farmers to produce more for a growing population. If it was not safe for consumers it would be illegal.

7.  National FFA Organization

They say kids these days are getting worse and worse, but have you ever ran across an FFA member? The National FFA Organization strives to build ones leadership skills, personal growth, and career opportunities and success through agricultural education.

FFA

8.  Antibiotics in Dairy Products

Cows get sick just like humans do. No one wants to be around someone that is sick until they are cleared and have completed the cycle of medication that the doctor has prescribed. When cows are sick and given antibiotics, they still get milked but that milk is completely destroyed.

#11 Bumblebee, a new calf at Mackinson Dairy Farm in Pontiac, IL

These are just a few fun facts about agriculture. If you have ever wanted to teach agriculture in your classroom, check out agintheclassroom.org and ilcorn.org are both great resources with topics and lessons ready for you!

Abby Jacobs
Joliet Junior College

33 thoughts on “8 THINGS TEACHERS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AGRICULTURE”

    1. scientific education? no – science education.
      mathematical education? no – mathematics education
      I don’t see the issue.

  1. This is generally a good article in that it has addressed many misconceptions. In order for it to be a great one, a few details should be addressed. First would be correct some grammar, especially in the paragraph with the FFA members. Secondly, some of the pictures should be changed. For instance, the last photo showing a veal calf is not the best choice to represent the dairy industry. Thirdly, the GMO topic should be cleaned up. A Genetically Modified Organism is a living thing that has been genetically modified to carry certain traits, much like any other hybrid, except that the trait may have come from a totally unrelated species. Desired and naturally occurring genetic characteristics are isolated from one species and forcibly introduced into an unrelated species and the result is the GMO which now carries the trait. Technically, organisms are not being injected into the plant as the article implies but the genetic material that carries a trait (or traits) is what has been introduced.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. What makes you think that is a veal calf? It’s a picture of a calf in a hitch which is how calves are raised. Not at all how veal calves are raised.

    2. That last picture is not a veal calf. It is, in fact, a dairy heifer. You may be confused if you have never worked on a diary farm and have never seen a calf hutch and that is ok. I just wanted to inform you that it is indeed a dairy heifer.
      P.S. I am a calf feeder for a big dairy farm. 🙂

  2. I enjoyed this article, but I caution you on the first point. You make it sound like poultry doesn’t have hormones in it. Every living organism, and thus every product from a living organism has hormones in it. What you mean is that we are not legally allowed to ADD hormones to poultry. By saying poultry, milk, etc is hormone free just adds to the confusion.

  3. #6
    If it was not safe for consumers it would be illegal.
    Pfft. There are more then plenty cases where the FDA approves something that is unsafe and only when consumers complain do they test it and ban it. In more than 60 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the U.S., the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale.

    What teachers really need to know is that most small farms allow tours; that will educate the children.

    1. I agree,While the use of GMO`s are legal here in the United States, it does not mean they are safe. We don`t really need them to grow a crop, it just makes it cheaper and easier to grow a crop. We have the ability to come up with a much safer form of GMO`s, but the big Agri companies choose not to do this. It boils down to , “it`s all about the money”.

    2. well you are not in ag or up to date.. Since 2007 there have been 797 independent research studies on GMO’s that were not done by the corporations that make them or the Anti people.. all of them have shown that they are safe.. when you say that there is no research what you mean to say is that there is no research that agrees with you.. In other words you are wrong but just can not admit it.. The Banning of GMO’s over seas is based on BAD information and will cause food riots in those countries when they can not get enough food to feed their people

    3. Most “large” farms are also happy to give tours. I agree with your point though, “if you have a question, ask a farmer!”

  4. You asked the question, “have you every ran across an FFA member?”, what about 4-H who helps feed FFA with their members?

    1. No. There are no hormones that you can legally give poultry–injections, feed additives, or water additives. It just doesn’t happen.
      Jolena Waddell
      Animal Science Ph.D.

  5. I used to work in chicken houses installing machines on the house that raised the curtains and I was real close and personal with chickens. I saw them go from 1 day old to 4 weeks old and then they come and get them. they weigh between 4 to 6 pounds. some of them die because their body out grows their heart and they have a heart attack. you can tell this because the chicken wil be flat on his back and his breast feathers will be separated down the middle of his breast. that is the way you can tell it is a heart attack bird as we used to call it

    1. The answer to your question is nutritional science, selective breeding, and the fact that the chicken is sexually mature at around eight weeks. This means that we get around six generations each year. Unlike most other food species, i.e. Cattle, which only have a generation once a year or every two years. The poultry industry has been selectively breeding for the most desired traits for over fifty years. So it is simple math. 300 generations of selective breeding for chickens vs. 25-50 generations for cattle.

  6. Fifty plus years of selectively breeding faster growing broilers and developing rations that promote rapid growth is why chickens are so efficient feed converters whichtranslates into rapid growth. Chickens, hogs, nor cattle are fed growth hormones.
    J. T. Mohon, Agriscience Teacher and FFA Advisor

  7. Google “Are antibiotics used in animal feed?” and read. As of January, 2014 over a dozen antibiotics have been ok’d by the USDA for use in animal feed. Field corn is not human food, though products derived from field corn are added to many things we do eat.

  8. Good article, but extremely disappointed you only credited National FFA as teaching youth agriculture practices and leadership skills. 4-H is actually the largest federally recognized youth development organization in America. Most (note I said MOST) FFA officers and members began in 4-H raising livestock for market, growing vegetables, and/or producing textiles. They learned their leadership skills from 4-H. To not credit 4-H as educating youth in through hands-on, research-based (yes, there are non-traditional programs, too) curriculum is a disservice. When will FFA and 4-H work together to do great things, instead of not acknowledging each other?

  9. This is one of the most biased articles I’ve read on the subject, not surprising as it’s published on http://corncorps.com for anyone who hasn’t noticed… GMOs are not proven to be safe & they only legal in the US because it’s profitable for big companies and how corrupt the FDA is like “monsanto” mentioned above.

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