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Fueled by economic pressure to maximize crop yields and government incentives to produce only one type of crop, contemporary American farmers have been facing a crisis reminiscent of one that hit the Great Plains in the 1930s. This video segment explains why more and more farmers are opting for sustainable, organic farming practices to help preserve the valuable topsoil that they rely on for their ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Soil science
 
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Farmers and rivers have a close, though not always friendly, relationship with one another. Rivers can create prized farmland, but they also flood fields and the communities built alongside them. Farming practices may also contribute to an increase in the magnitude and intensity of river flooding. This video segment explains the issue of flooding as seen in the Mississippi River watershed and suggests ... Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Video, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Environmental science
 
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This United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) publication (11th edition, 2010) contains taxonomic keys necessary for the classification of soils in a form easily used in the field. The book describes soils in general, how to differentiate between them, and how the identification process works. The taxonomic key includes all known soil types, including mollisols, oxisols, alfisols, and others. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Visualization - scientific, Book - text
Subject: Agricultural science, Soil science
 
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This South Florida Restoration Science Forum (SFRSF) page discusses sustainable agriculture in southern Florida. Issues include: land managers and farmers working together to support habitat restoration; providing the agricultural and hydrologic science and technology needed to sustain agricultural production and a quality environment; reducing phosphorus and restoring natural hydrology in the Everglades ... Full description.
Grade level: College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Case study, Illustration - scientific, Photograph, Visualization - scientific
Subject: Agricultural science, Environmental science, Hydrology
 
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This web site provides a searchable database of the noxious weed lists for all U.S. states and six southern provinces of Canada. The database can be searched by plant name, state name, or by clicking on a map. The search can be narrowed down to search for native, exotic, or all species of plants for a particular county. Furthermore, the search can be conducted for the time period that the user chooses. ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Map, Search engine, In-situ dataset
Subject: Agricultural science, Ecology, Environmental science
 
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The Plant Conservation Alliance's Alien Plant Working Group provides information for the general public, land managers, researchers, and others on the serious threat and impacts of invasive alien (exotic, non-native) plants to the native flora, fauna, and natural ecosystems of the United States. This site provides a compiled national list of invasive plants infesting natural areas throughout the U.S., ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Glossary, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Ecology, Environmental science
 
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Agriculture in the Classroom is a grassroots program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This site contains state information about agriculture, a kids page with games and information, agriculture science project topics, lesson plans for agriculture and geography, quizzes to test agriculture literacy and links for more information. The goal of this program is to help ... Full description.
Grade level: Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Guide for instructor, Lesson plan, Project, Photograph, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Physical geography, Soil science
 
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Biology Online provides a dictionary of biological terms, tutorials, and biology-related links categorized into dozens of subfields. The tutorials cover the following topics: adaptation, cell biology, developmental biology, freshwater ecology, genetics and evolution, neurology, regulation in biological systems, and the origin and evolution of life. Full description.
Grade level: High (9-12), College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional
Resource type: Tutorial, Glossary, Clearinghouse
Subject: Agricultural science, Biology, Ecology, Paleontology
 
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This website is part of National Geographics Xpeditions Hall and includes lesson plans and activities related to the topic of climate zones around the world. This includes how climate and weather relate to one another, climatic controls, weather and agriculture, and the location of different climate zones on Earth. These lesson plans were written by educators and have been tested in the classroom. Full description.
Grade level: Intermediate (3-5), Middle (6-8), High (9-12)
Resource type: Classroom activity, Lesson plan, Photograph, Visualization - scientific, Ref. material
Subject: Agricultural science, Atmospheric science, Climatology
 
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The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is part of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The library is a major international source for agriculture and related information. The website provides access to NAL's many resources which include: a Web Gateway to AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access), the catalog of the library and its cooperator's resources; the ... Full description.
Grade level: College (13-14), College (15-16), Graduate / Professional, General public
Resource type: Government portal
Subject: Agricultural science, Environmental science, Forestry, Biological oceanography
 
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