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2 Basic Ag Awareness Agriscience Applications

3 What is Agriscience? The application of scientific principles and new technologies to agriculture.

4 Agriscience is…… An applied science because it uses principles learned in biology, chemistry, and physics (the basic sciences) in a practical way.

5 Examples of Agriscience Agronomy Uses biology and chemistry to discover new ways to control weeds in crops. Entomology Uses biology and chemistry to study insect life. Agricultural Engineering Uses physics to develop new machinery.

6 Agriscience employs….. The scientific method to solve problems. The steps to the scientific method are…. Identify the problem. Review literature. Form a hypothesis. Prepare a project proposal. Design the experiment. Collect the data. Draw conclusions. Prepare a written report.

7 What is Agriculture? Activities concerned with the production of plants and animals, and related supplies, services, mechanics, products, processing, processing, and marketing.

8 USDA refers to agriculture as…. “Agriculture/ Agribusiness and renewable natural resources”. Another definition is food, fiber, and environmental systems.

9 Why is Agriculture/Agriscience Important? Largest “employer” and the largest source of income in the United States and North Carolina.

10 Opportunities in Agriculture Agricultural production is supported by many more careers than actually exist in production. Many careers in agriscience products & distribution are needed to grade, transport, process, package, & market agriculture commodities. Many careers for agriculture supplies & services are also important. Projections show that the average size of farms in the U.S. will increase while the number of farms will decrease.

11 Opportunities in Agriculture Twenty percent of all jobs in the U.S. are agriscience related. In addition to farming, agriscience jobs help support farmers to meet the world’s food & fiber needs. Areas include: Production Processing, products, and distribution Supplies and services.

12 World Outlook The world population will grow as more people beget more people. More children are surviving to adulthood. More adults are living longer. Population growth will…. Add stress to environmental systems of air, water, soil, and natural resources. Create challenges to meet the demands for food and fiber (clothing and shelter).

13 Trends for Agriculture/Agriscience Agriculture will always be an essential industry. Increased commercialization of agriculture will continue. New types of farming such as aquaculture (fish farming and farming the sea) will be used as well as traditional farming methods.

14 Trends for Agriculture/Agriscience An expanded view of agriculture is necessary.

15 Divisions of Agriculture Agribusiness Agriscience Mechanics Agronomy Animal Science Biotechnology Horticulture Natural Resources

16 What is Agribusiness? Commercial firms that have developed with or stem out of agriculture.

17 Agribusiness includes…. Farming Chemical company Fertilizer dealer Seed store Tractor dealer Horticulture Landscape nursery Greenhouse dealer Horticulture supply company

18 What is Agriscience Mechanics? The application of engineering principles in agricultural settings.

19 Agriscience Mechanics includes…. The design, operation, maintenance, service, selling, and use of power units, machinery, equipment, structures, and utilities in agriscience.

20 What is Agronomy? The application of soil and plant sciences to land management and crop production.

21 Agronomy includes…. Crop Science Soil Science Turfgrass Management Weed Science Range Management

22 What is Animal Science? The care, management, and production of domestic animals.

23 Animal Science includes…. Livestock Companion Animals Specialty Animals

24 What is Biotechnology? The application of living processes to technology. The use of microorganisms, animal cells, plant cells, or components of cells to produce products or carry out processes.

25 Biotechnology includes…. Genetics Biochemistry Microbiology Toxicology Plant Pathology

26 What is Horticulture? Involves the producing, marketing fruits, vegetables, and ornamental plants. (Green Industry) Continues to expand as the standard of living is raised.

27 Horticulture includes…. Greenhouse Management Nursery Management Landscape Architecture Plant Physiology Integrated Pest Management

28 What are Renewable Natural Resources? Resources provided by nature that can replace or renew themselves. Important both economically and for posterity’s sake to maintain life. Agriculture & resources management will include pollution control.

29 Natural Resources - Forestry Timber management for lumber, poles, post, plywood, and etc. is another part of the agricultural industry.

30 Other Examples include: Wildlife Water Fish Soils Air

31 What are Commodities? Agricultural products which are sold. Examples: Milk Corn Wheat Beef Cotton

32 U.S. Agricultural Commodities #1 State Rankings Beef Dairy Broilers Eggs Turkeys Texas California Georgia Iowa Minnesota

33 U.S. Agricultural Commodities #1 State Rankings Swine Horses Sheep Fruit Vegetables Iowa Texas California

34 U.S. Agricultural Commodities #1 State Rankings Cotton Wheat Corn Soybeans Peanuts Texas Kansas Iowa Illinois Georgia

35 Top 10 U.S. Ag Commodity Exports #1 Soybeans #2 Corn* #3 Wheat #4 Cotton #5 Misc. Hort Products #6 Poultry Meat** #7 Feed #8 Edible Tree Nuts #9 Pork #10 Feed Grain *Consistently ranks in top 5 in U.S. grain exports year after year. **Number 1 meat export as far as tonnage shipped from the U.S.

36 U.S. Dept of Agriculture Oversees the following: Food Safety Inspection Commodity Grading Meat Fruit Vegetables Eggs

37 U.S. Dept of Agriculture Oversees the following: School Lunch Program Food Stamps Agricultural Cooperatives U.S. Forest Service Cooperative Extension Agricultural Marketing

38 North Carolina Agriculture North Carolina is #1 in the following commodities. Tobacco Sweetpotatoes

39 North Carolina Agriculture North Carolina is #2 in the following commodities. Hogs Christmas Trees Turkeys

40 North Carolina Agriculture North Carolina is #3 in the following commodities. Pickles Trout Total Poultry & Eggs

41 North Carolina Agriculture North Carolina is #4 in the following commodities. Blueberries Broilers Greenhouse/Nursery Strawberries

42 North Carolina Agriculture North Carolina is #5 in the following commodities. Catfish Peanuts Snap Beans

43 North Carolina Agriculture North Carolina is ranked in the top 10 nationally in the following commodities. Apples Cotton Grapes Tomatoes Watermelons Total Cash Receipts

44 North Carolina Agriculture Ranking in Agricultural Income #1 – Hogs #2 – Broilers #3 – Greenhouse & Nursery*** #4 – Tobacco #5 – Turkeys ***Recently passed tobacco to crack the top 3.

45 SOURCE OF FARM CASH RECEIPTS, NORTH CAROLINA, 2003 $6,916,349,000

46 North Carolina Agriculture Top Ten Counties in Farm Cash Receipts, North Carolina, 2003

47 North Carolina Agriculture

48 North Carolina Agriculture Agricultural Research North Carolina has two land grant universities. North Carolina State University (1887) North Carolina A&T State University (1891)

49 NC Dept of Agriculture Oversees the following: All agricultural issues Weights & Standards Food & Drugs in North Carolina NC State Fair

50 NC Dept of Agriculture Oversees the following: Marketing Farmer’s Markets Goodness Grows Program Research Stations Structural Pests Veterinarian Program

51 Professional Agricultural Organizations Allow professionals the opportunity to network, learn, and communicate. Provide trade shows and journals to update members on new methods, products, and technology. Use membership dues to finance commodity advertisement, trade journals, and educational programs for members.

52 Cooperative Extension Service Located in all 100 counties and the Cherokee Indian Reservation. Provides information for those working in agriculture. Best free source of information for small agricultural businesses. Administers the 4H program.

53 Professional Agricultural Associations

54 Progress in Agriculture Mechanization helps 2% of America’s work force to meet the food & fiber needs of our nation. There has been a reduction from 90% of the nation’s populace involved in farming 200 years ago.

55 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events George Washington In 1785, he became the first American to own mules. Also introduced agricultural concepts such as terracing, crop rotation, and the use of cover crops.

56 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events Eli Whitney Invented the cotton gin in Turned cotton into an usable product by removing cottonseed from the cotton fiber.

57 Eli Whitney’s Cotton Gin

58 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events Thomas Jefferson In 1814, Jefferson had his moldboard plow cast in iron. Was a marked improvement over the inefficient European plow.

59 Thomas Jefferson’s Plow

60 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events Cyrus McCormick Invented the grain reaper in 1834 to save labor in cutting wheat, oats, and similar crops. Later a threshing machine was added and it became known as a combine.

61 Cyrus McCormick’s Reaper

62 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events John Deere In 1837, improved the iron plow by inventing the steel moldboard plow. Need caused by tough prairie soils.

63 John Deere’s Plow

64 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events Edmund W. Quincy Invented the mechanical corn picker in Anna Baldwin Changed the dairy industry in 1878 by inventing a milking machine to replace hand milking.

65 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events Joseph Glidden Invented barbed wire in Used for livestock fencing. Tamed the west by allowing ranches with fixed boundaries to be established.

66 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events John Froelich Invented the 1 st gasoline powered tractor that could go forwards and backwards in His Waterloo Tractor Company was later bought out by the John Deere Co. in 1918.

67 John Froelich’s Tractor

68 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events Benjamin Holt Invented the traction system found on modern day tanks and bulldozers. Company went one to become Caterpillar Inc. This is where tractors get their name.

69 Benjamin Holt’s Tractor

70 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events Harry Ferguson Invented the 3 point hitching system on tractors. Met with Henry Ford in 1938 and had the famous “Handshake Agreement”.

71 Progress in Agriculture: Historical Events In 1954, the tractor finally surpasses the mule as the main source of agricultural power.

72 Improving Life through Agriscience The Green Revolution Process whereby many countries became self sufficient in food production in the 1960s by using improved crop varieties and practices.

73 Improving Life through Agriscience The Green Industry The modern horticulture industry with emphasis on turf and landscape plants.

74 Agriscience and the Future The average American farmer produces enough food and fiber for 128 people. As the world’s population increases, it will require a more sophisticated agriscience industry to keep pace with demand.

75 Agriscience and the Future The science of food production, processing, and distribution will require: College graduates to fill roles as scientists, engineers, and other professionals. USDA reported an increased demand for graduates from agricultural colleges in the 90s.


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