All resources in Nebraska Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Agriscience Fair

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These resources present an overview of FFA agriscience fair options and requirements, gives tips on recruitment for team members, timeline for project work, and templates for a written report and a poster. Written by Brandon Jacobitz.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lecture

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Biosensors for Food Safety

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How can you tell if harmful bacteria are in your food or water that might make you sick? What you eat or drink can be contaminated with bacteria, viruses, parasites and toxins—pathogens that can be harmful or even fatal. Students learn which contaminants have the greatest health risks and how they enter the food supply. While food supply contaminants can be identified from cultures grown in labs, bioengineers are creating technologies to make the detection of contaminated food quicker, easier and more effective.

Material Type: Lesson

Authors: Evangelyn Alocilja, Hannah Miller, Lisa Wininger

Intro to Ag Ed and FFA: Public Speaking and FFA Creed

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Students learn public speaking techniques with opportunities to learn The FFA Creed integrated throughout the curriculum.  Students will be introduced to the techniques and continuously rehearse the techniques.  By the end of the lesson, students can stand and deliver The FFA Creed to their class.  This lesson plan is designed so that teachers may use it at the beginning or end of a class period and still cover other curriculum in the class.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan

Author: Owl Nest Manager

AFNR Career Development Event Stations

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In this activity, students will explore 12 different career development events through a station activity. The purpose of this activity is for students to explore different educational and personal growth opportunities within agricultural education / FFA.Students will have 5 minutes to complete 5 general knowledge questions and 5 questions as a part of a practicum activity. Contests included in this lesson include: Agriscience (2022 theme), Agronomy, Ag Sales, Ag Mech & Tech, Environmental & Natural Resources, Farm & Agribusiness Management, Floriculture, Food Science, Livestock Management, Meat Evaluation, Nursery Landsdape, Vet Science. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: Kaitlin Taylor

CTE Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes: Ground Beef

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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and agriculture sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

CTE Agribusiness & Food Products and Processes: Yogurt Packaging

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This task was developed by high school and postsecondary mathematics and agriculture sciences educators, and validated by content experts in the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and the National Career Clusters Knowledge & Skills Statements. It was developed with the purpose of demonstrating how the Common Core and CTE Knowledge & Skills Statements can be integrated into classroom learning - and to provide classroom teachers with a truly authentic task for either mathematics or CTE courses.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan

Industries within Plant Systems

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This lesson presents an overview of the seven areas of Plant Systems:  plant science, crop science, soil science, pomology, olericulture, floriculture, and landscaping and nursery.  Learners then complete a career report over one career from Plant Systems.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lesson Plan

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Corn Growth Stages

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This diagram and corresponding photos show stages of corn growth. Information sheet from DEKALB shows the relationship between growing degree units (GDUs) and estimated days to reach a certain growth stage of corn development can help growers make timely applications of fertilizers and pest/weed control.  

Material Type: Diagram/Illustration

Author: Owl Nest Manager

Land Judging Unit

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This series of lessons includes lectures and activities to demonstrate judging the condition of soil for a given area of land, the qualities of that soil, and identifying management actions to correct the condition if needed. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan

Author: Owl Nest Manager