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.
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.