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Teachers exploring technology in agriculture

Jul 18, 2018
Thanks to the advance of technology, precision agriculture has given farmers new tools in their toolboxes to advance crop health and increased yield. Participants in the Exploring Tech in Ag workshop in Columbus, sponsored by the Ohio State University and a USDA-NIFA grant, learned about the way technology informs farming decisions and helps farmers produce more abundant crops. 22 teachers from around the state and one from Pennsylvania gathered at The …

High tech in precision agriculture

Apr 16, 2018
Farming has gone high-tech. Thanks to innovative technologies that are extremely accurate, cost-effective, and user-friendly, a method of farm management called precision agriculture has been widely adopted by large and small farmers alike since its introduction in the early 1990s. Before then, soil surveys and topographic maps did not provide enough information to be of much use in the field. Today, the primary tools of precision agriculture—the Global Positioning Sy…

Corn farming through the year: spring

Apr 16, 2018
Farmers must make decisions and take action at various points throughout the year to ensure a good harvest. National Corn Growers Association Corn Board member and Ohio corn farmer John Lindner talks about getting ready for spring planting. Soil testing Soil sampling gives us an idea about the nutrient levels on our fields, to help us understand our fertilizer needs and to assess whether our previous fertilizer applications were effective. …

Agricultural engineering is full of exciting possibilities!

Apr 16, 2018
Learn how agricultural engineers apply engineering technology and science to help farmers be more productive, reduce environmental impacts, and keep our food affordable, safe, healthy and delicious. This video will show you just some of the many exciting jobs and projects in this career area! Thanks, PBS Learning Media, for this resource.

Bio-renewable process could help “green” plastic

Feb 23, 2018
When John Wesley Hyatt patented the first industrial plastic in 1869, his intention was to create an alternative to the elephant tusk ivory used to make piano keys. But this early plastic also sparked a revolution in the way people thought about manufacturing – what if we weren’t limited to the materials nature had on offer? Over a century later, plastics are an abundant part of our daily life. But these plas…

OCW providing partnership support to STEM schools

Sep 11, 2017
The 2017 Report on Ohio STEM Schools highlights Ohio Corn & Wheat’s support for STEM schools across the state. STEM schools seek partnerships with local businesses, colleges, and community groups. Ohio Corn & Wheat was named by schools as a significant partner in their education efforts. OCW-sponsored Feed the World provides teachers with free curriculum and workshops where teachers do hands-on labs, network with colleagues, earn graduate credit/CEUs, and re…

Purple Plow: Uncovering STEM Solutions

Aug 15, 2017
Check out this great website on ag challenges! Purple Plow is designed to connect modern ag with the Maker Movement and innovative problem solving. This PDF takes students step-by-step through the challenge design process. You can incorporate this into lessons such as Feeding the world.

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