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Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
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By: John S. Rayfield, Kasee L. Smith, Travis D. Park, and D. Barry Croom

ISBN: 978-1-63126-235-7
Format: Hardcover
Copyright: ©2017
Subject: Agriculture
Grade Level: 9-12
Retail Price: $124.00
School Price: $93.00


This comprehensive new text welcomes today's learners to the diverse and exciting world of agriscience and prepares them for more advanced courses. Written by leaders in agriculture education, Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources provides a fresh, visual, and highly applied introduction to the systems and concepts that define modern agriculture, including food systems and natural resources. Reading and critical thinking skills are developed by several features in each lesson, including “Before You Read,” “Analyze and Apply,” and “Thinking Critically.” All of these challenge learners to research topics in depth and to apply what they have learned.
  • STEM Connections appear frequently within lessons and challenge learners to apply AFNR concepts more generally.
  • Students can explore the various types of supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) and the use of the Agricultural Experience Tracker (AET).
  • The text provides practical information on building leadership, communication, and parliamentary procedure skills.

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Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Video Clip Library

Table of Contents

   1. Agriculture and Society
1.1 Agriculture's Impact on Society
1.2 History of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources
1.3 Future of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources Management

   2. Leadership in Agriculture
2.1 Building Leadership Skills through Agriculture
2.2 Communication Skills in the Agricultural Industry
2.3 Conducting Meetings in Agricultural Organizations

   3. Agriculture as a Career
3.1 Experiential Learning through Agriculture (SAE)
3.2 Your Career in Agriculture

   4. Agricultural Safety
4.1 Occupational Safety and Health
4.2 Shop and Lab Safety
4.3 Farm and Work Safety

   5. Agricultural Science
5.1 Agriscience and the Scientific Method
5.2 Practical Science in Agriculture
5.3 Biotechnology in Agriculture

   6. Agricultural Technology
6.1 Agricultural Structures
6.2 Exploring Agricultural Technology

   7. Agricultural Power and Engineering
7.1 Energy Systems
7.2 Biofuels
7.3 Agricultural Tools and Equipment
7.4 Agricultural Design and Fabrication
7.5 Power Systems

   8. Agricultural Mathematics
8.1 Agricultural Business Principles
8.2 Practical Mathematics in Agriculture

   9. Importance of Food
9.1 Local Food Systems
9.2 Global Food Systems
9.3 Maintaining a Safe Food Supply
9.4 Animal Feeds and Feeding
10. Large Animal Production
10.1 Beef Industry
10.2 Dairy Industry
10.3 Equine Industry

11. Small Animal Production
11.1 Poultry Industry
11.2 Swine Industry
11.3 Sheep Industry
11.4 Goat Industry

12. Other Animal Production
12.1 Companion Animals
12.2 Aquaculture Industry
12.3 Non-Traditional Animal Industries
12.4 By-Products from Animal Industries

13. Plant Production
13.1 Plant Anatomy and Physiology
13.2 Cereal Grain Production
13.3 Oil Crop Production
13.4 Fiber Crop Production
13.5 Fruit and Vegetable Production
13.6 Ornamental Horticulture

14. Environmental Systems Impacting Agriculture
14.1 Ecosystems
14.2 Ecological Cycles
14.3 The Influence of Climate on Agriculture
14.4 Animals, Plants, and Geography

15. Soil and Water Management
15.1 History of Conservation in the United States
15.2 Soil Formation and Properties
15.3 Hydrological Cycles
15.4 Water Quality
15.5 Conservation Practices in Agriculture

16. Natural Resources and Recreation
16.1 Outdoor Recreation
16.2 Wildlife Management
16.3 Stewardship of Natural Resources

17. Forestry
17.1 Forest Production
17.2 Technology in Forest Management

Look Inside

   sample Chapter 3 (PDF, 1.14 MB)
   sample Chapter 10 (PDF, 6.23 MB)
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   sample Chapter 10 (g-wonlinetextbooks.com, Agriculture)
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   sample Lesson 3.1 (PPS, 2.39 MB)
   sample Lesson 3.2 (PPS, 1.78 MB)
   sample Lesson 10.1 (PPS, 7.81 MB)
   sample Lesson 10.2 (PPS, 2.63 MB)
   sample Lesson 10.3 (PPS, 12.92 MB)
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   PDF Fundamentals of Agricultural and Natural Resources (PDF, 499 KB)
Precision Exams
   PDF Agricultural Science (PDF, 636 KB)
   PDF Agriscience (PDF, 441 KB)
   PDF Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (PDF, 633 KB)
Texas ELPS
   PDF English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)-Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (PDF, 464 KB)
   PDF Agricultural Science (PDF, 547 KB)
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About Author(s)

John S. Rayfield - an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Education and Communications Department at Texas Tech University, earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural education from Auburn University, his master's degree in agricultural extension from the University of Georgia, and his doctorate of education in agricultural education from Texas Tech University. His school's FFA chapter was recognized as the Outstanding Middle School Program in the nation by National FFA in 2001. He serves as superintendent for the National FFA Livestock Career Development Event and judges junior and open livestock shows across the U.S.

Kasee L. Smith - an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho, earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in agricultural education from Utah State University, her doctorate of education in agricultural education from Texas A&M University, and taught high school agriculture in Spanish Fork, Utah, for eleven years. Her agriculture program was recognized as a National FFA Model of Innovation Chapter.

Travis D. Park - is an Associate Professor at North Carolina State University and co-leads Developing Educational Leaders and Teachers of Agriculture (DELTA). He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University in agricultural education, where he was named the outstanding male student in the graduating class. Dr. Park subsequently taught high school agriculture for five years in Wolcott, Indiana, where his agriculture program was recognized as one of the top six programs in the nation. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of Florida, and then was hired as an assistant and associate professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. Dr. Park directed the teacher education program at Cornell and coordinated the Agricultural Outreach and Education program.

D. Barry Croom - a professor and department head for Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, is also an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education at North Carolina State University. He was a high school agriculture teacher in North Carolina and later served as the State Coordinator for the North Carolina FFA Association. Dr. Croom is a former NCSU Park Faculty Scholar, a Fellow of North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and a Fellow of the American Association for Agricultural Education. He earned both the American FFA Degree and the Honorary American FFA Degree from the National FFA Organization, and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the North Carolina FFA Association. In 2015, he received the Outstanding New Professor Award from the Agricultural Executive Board at Oregon State University. Dr. Croom also served as editor of the Journal of Agricultural Education.


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