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The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)?released?a new paper,?Food Biofortification—Reaping the Benefits of Science to Overcome Hidden Hunger, which is part of the series on The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050. It is now available for download.

This new paper covers the wide range of inter-disciplinary topics encompassed by biofortification including the economic justification for biofortification, bioavailability and efficacy of biofortified crops, crop development, catalyzing the scale up of biofortification, and the potential of transgenic approaches in biofortification. Biofortified varieties have been released in 40 countries and adopted by 15 million farm households. Biofortification is one of the most cost-effective and sustainable interventions available in the campaign to reduce mineral and vitamin deficiencies.

Biofortification is a process of increasing the density of minerals and vitamins in a food crop through conventional plant breeding, transgenic techniques, or agronomic practices. Biofortified staple food crops, when consumed regularly substituting one-for-one with non-biofortified staple food crops, will generate measurable improvements in human nutrition and health.

 

Attached is the Ag quickCAST (a one page summary) and Student Study Guide for this paper.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)?released?a new paper,?The Importance of Communicating Empirically Based Science for Society.?It will be available for download on Monday, September 21, on the CAST websiteThe webinar will take place at Noon Central on Tuesday, September 22. Registration for the free webinar can be made here. Dr. Stuart Smyth will share highlights of the publication, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with several of the paper’s authors. The Student Study Guide and Ag quickCAST(a one-page summary of the Commentary) are attached to this document.

 

 

This paper discusses the crucial factors of what we define as empirically based science (rigorous, proven methodologies, and peer reviewed results), emphasizing that whether science is conducted by a private company, a university, or a government department or agency, it is all the same, requiring that sound methodologies be followed. Scientific research protocols and methodologies have been developed, reviewed and refined, through the application of each scientific method and the peer review of experimental protocols and results, creating global standards on research methods. Empirical science is empirical science, it is not an ice cream flavor, one cannot pick and choose which aspect of the scientific method to support and which to reject. The application of empirical science is consistent, whether applied to climate change, vaccines, or GM crops and foods. Scientists have an important responsibility to design and execute experiments that are unbiased, and that directly answer a specific question.

 

 

DEAR EDUCATORS,

From our Farm Journal Foundation team to your classroom, office, and home, we wish you a blessed fall season. We are pleased to share a new virtual reality resource to our homebound learning program. 

Students can now take a "walk" on the National Mall through "Agriculture Through the Voice of the Farmer" garden tour . FJF is happily providing teachers with complimentary single-use VR goggles to provide students -- just follow the link below.


The garden, growing in the heart of Washington, D.C., is a living classroom that showcases the key grains, vegetables, and fruits grown in the United States as well as modern technologies and wildlife habitats. 

 

Order Goggles

 

LOOKING FOR MORE LEARNING RESOURCES? 

View THE FJF Resource page on our website for more virtual reality videos, e-Learning modules, and other learning materials.  

Recently, in conjunction with AgMRC at Iowa State, the University of Minnesota created three-minute supply chain videos regarding various sectors of the agricultural industry where shortages occurred, e.g. meats, eggs, dairy, etc. In addition, they have held panels involving producers and processors to include how COVID impacted their business and what innovative solutions they deployed as a result of the pandemic.

Check out these great resources!

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Dairy

Meat

Videos 1 -3: Fundamentals of supply chains- The global supply chain is a highly sophisticated grouping of production, distribution and transportation systems. This primer introduces how the web of supply and demand influences the movement of products and how COVID-19 impacted the nation’s production and distribution capacity.

https://youtu.be/qPrkMeB618c

https://youtu.be/nX-khhVdXHk

https://youtu.be/HuirLF4IPwk

Video 4: Meat supply chains- The meat supply chain was impacted by COVID-19. Demand spiked as people rushed grocery stores while processing capacity was suspended in many locations due to disease outbreaks. This imbalance led to hikes in prices and shortages throughout the country. Meat producers and processors explain how they weathered the pandemic and innovated through challenges.

https://youtu.be/mAkjSSBI3_w  

Video 5: Egg supply chain- The egg supply chain was impacted by COVID-19 as restaurants and schools shut down; demand also spiked in retail locations. Production capacity as well as packaging was also in short supply. Egg producers and processors explain how they weathered the pandemic and innovated through challenges.

https://youtu.be/ZdDbkYIOz30

Video 6: Corn and Ethanol supply chains- COVID-19 immediately decreased demand for energy given a drastic slowdown in vehicle traffic. This led to shutdowns of ethanol facilities as well as backups in the corn industry where producers were unable to move their product. This video explains what the industry went through when COVID arrived.

https://youtu.be/njvNKYZj7cg

Video 7 -- Dairy supply chains- The dairy supply chain was impacted by COVID-19. Demand spiked as people rushed grocery stores while demand almost went to zero with schools and restaurants. This imbalance led to hikes in prices for milk and shortages throughout the country. Dairy producers and processors explain how they weathered the pandemic and innovated through challenges.

https://youtu.be/elvDNrxydpI  

Video 8 --Fresh Produce supply chains- The fresh produce supply chain was impacted by major demand reductions within school systems and restaurants. Although demand increased in retail locations and foodbanks, distribution networks were able to evolve quickly enough leading to mass waste of product.

https://youtu.be/W5cF-18t0Yw

Video 9 -- Shipping and the supply chain implications- Shipping containers experienced a major shortage early in the outbreak due to manufacturing closures and demand reduction in China. This led to producers struggling to move their product out of the U.S. for consumption; this video explains global demand for containers and how the shipping industry has responded.

https://youtu.be/Kgc3uvCbI1o

Video 10 – Restaurants and the supply chain implications- No industry was impacted more by COVID-19 than restaurants. This industry experienced major demand reduction resulting in mass closings thereby impacting supply chains across the nation.

https://youtu.be/LOq95-JCEp0

Video 11 -- Food Banks and the supply chain implications- Given the economic impact of COVID-19, e.g. mass layoffs. Food banks throughout the country saw a major spike in demand. As a result, increased demand coupled with reduced supply due to constraints in multiple agricultural sectors led to an imbalance which persists.

https://youtu.be/2MV_n6Z0ijs  

Video 12 --Local Markets and the supply chain implications- Small stores throughout the country suffered from supply chain shortages across the nation. Larger competitors with better contracts were able to serve customers at lower prices while local markets struggled to gain product and keep up with demand.

https://youtu.be/GvGVzRyY8HU  

Video 13 --Halal and Kosher Markets and the supply chain implications- Like local markets, specialty stores were greatly impacted by COVID-19. Meat shortages coupled with transportation constraints led to inadequate supply in certain communities throughout the nation.

https://youtu.be/QXpeGqHBfmw  

Video 14-- Human Capital- Every business’ most important asset is its people. Within agriculture, there is no exception so when farms and processing facilities experienced large spikes in active cases, facilities across the nation were forced to close. Health and welfare coupled with more stringent immigration rules led to a shortage of people working in critical industries.

https://youtu.be/fTP4eSNBCFE  

CAST offers student study guides, available by going to the paper’s landing page on the website under the “Publications” tab, or by following the individual links below.

Dr. Anna Dilger had the idea for the student study guides. She said, “When schools nationwide moved to remote learning this spring, there were so many teachers scrambling to find resources to use in their newly online classrooms. Our CAST commentaries and issue papers are certainly great resources, but with everything else going on, they might be a little difficult for a teacher to pick up and use right away. The goal of the study guides was to help shortcut that process. Through the study guides, we highlight the main topics of newly released CAST papers, and then provide questions that ask students to think more deeply about the issues. We hope that teachers and students alike find them useful and that this tool attracts even more people to engage with CAST.”

Impact of Recruitment and Retention of Food Animal Veterinarians on the U.S. Food Supply Issue Paper – IP67 – April 2020

Producing Food Products from Cultured Animal Tissues CAST Commentary – QTA2020-1 – April 2020

Stewardship Challenges for New Pest Management Technologies in Agriculture CAST Commentary – QTA2020-2 – May 2020

Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets CAST Commentary – QTA2020-3 – June 2020

Impacts on Human Health and Safety of Naturally Occurring and Supplemental Hormones in Food Animals CAST Commentary – QTA2020-4 – July 2020

Agriculture and the Microbiome Issue Paper – IP68 – August 2020

The Council for Agricultural Sciences and Technology (CAST) has released a new paper, Agriculture and the Microbiome. The publication, Ag quickCAST (one-page summary of the paper), and student study guide are available for downloadThere is also a recorded webinar that features a Q&A session that can be accessed via link provided.

 

Agriculture is one of the keystones of human civilization, providing a reliable, stationary source of food that allowed ancient populations to grow and eventually build cities. Modern agriculture is successful today because of advances in mechanization, breeding, nutrients (e.g., fertilization), and pest and disease management, all of which enhance crop productivity and provide greater food security. Yet even with this progress, the amount of cropland per capita has declined, available farmland is being consumed by urban development at unprecedented rates, and crop yields are plateauing. Crop yields must continue to increase and the gap between plant productivity and consumption must be bridged. Expanding the use of crop microbiomes to improve plant production is that next agricultural revolution.

 

DEAR EDUCATORS,

The Farm Journal Foundation would like to send our sincere appreciation for all that you do to encourage learning in your community. We recognize this fall semester,  for all educators, will bring unique challenges and uncertainties. We hope the Farm Journal Foundation e-learning resources outlined below are helpful to you as you navigate this school year.  

Over the past several years our organization has worked on an e-Learning initiative that is focused on providing an overview of the U.S. agricultural system. The content is quite dynamic and largely video-narrated by farmers, ranchers and growers from across the United States. Much of this content is currently featured in an educational garden installation located on the National Mall entitled Agriculture Through the Voice of the Farmer.

 

RESOURCES AVAILABLE:

  • Overview of the US Agriculture System--e-Learning modules divided into three sections with approximately 4 chapters per section (15-20 minutes per chapter).
  • Business and Culture of U.S. Agriculture--Short e-learning segments (2-3 minutes each--4 thematic sections) 
  • Virtual Reality Content and Single Use Goggles--Explore a swine farm and corn field via a 360 virtual perspective. 
    • Send us an email if you would like to receive complimentary, personal use VR goggles for each student in your class!
  • Guided Resources-Each of these three e-learning formats  have a guide, providing you examples of how to incorporate these materials in your classroom or learning program, as well as questions relevant to material for assessment.
  • 5-minute Overview Video for Teachers-explains how to access, download, and use these guides. 
 

LEARNING MATERIALS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR:

  • Middle and high school students
  • Agricultural education classrooms
  • 4-H youth development
  • Adult extension or consumer education programs
To access these resources please visit the special landing page we have established for educators by clicking the link below. 

Farm Journal Foundation is honored to be able to support you in any way that we can and we hope these resources and guides are of use in developing your lesson plans or in any other way that helps you in achieving your goals for your students. 
Get Started!

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK


As we settle into a new reality, our Foundation is looking ahead in how we can further expand our learning initiative best for educators. Take our survey at the bottom of our resources page link or touch base with our coordinators with ideas or requests for future e-learning materials. 
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The Council for Agricultural Sciences and Technology (CAST) has released a new paper, Impacts on Human Health and Safety of Naturally Occurring and Supplemental Hormones in Food Animals. The publication, Ag quickCAST (one-page summary of the paper), and student study guide are available for download. There is also a recorded webinar that features a Q&A session that can be accessed via link provided.

 

This paper covers the definition of hormones, sources of hormones in foods, hormones that are produced in plants or by molds, and hormones used in animal production for reproduction, growth, and lactation management. The authors also discuss the use of hormones to improve cow health, food safety oversight, and human exposure to hormone residues.  

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) and the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) have partnered together on a new paper, Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets. This publication contains insights from 31 experts and is now available for download.

 

The paper’s authors discuss the following topics: macroeconomics, trade, supply chain, consumer behavior, food service/grocery, meat processing, forestry and wood products, local food systems, food waste, food insecurity, major commodity crops, agricultural finance, agricultural labor, rural health care, and research and outreach priorities.

 

Attached is the Student Study Guide and Ag quickCAST (a one-page summary of the paper). 

Hi Ag Educators,

 

Due to the COVID-19 heath crisis, the Irrigation Association has decided to cancel the in-person Faculty Academy events to protect the health and safety of our attendees, instructors and community.

 

In place of the in-person events, the IA will host a series of FREE webinars ranging from one to two hours in length. Although it is unfortunate that we are unable to hold he faculty academies in person, we hope that these webinars will reach a large number of instructors and be accessed by those who might not have been able to attend.

 

Join us June 11-12 for a series of agriculture Faculty Academy webinars covering the following topics:

 

  • Adaptive Irrigation Management Using FARMs
  • Automation & Monitoring Tools for Ag
  • Frost Protection and Overhead Cooling Applications
  • Irrigation Design
  • Remote Sensing & Use of Aerial Imagery in Ag

 

Register now for agriculture Faculty Academy!

 

Join us June 17-19 for a series of landscape Faculty Academy webinars covering the following topics:

  • Irrigation Components
  • Marketplace Trends & Regulatory Updates
  • Pump Sizing 101
  • Teaching Trends & Roundtable Discussion
  • Understanding Basic Pumping Systems
  • The Why Behind Irrigation

 

Register now for landscape Faculty Academy!

 

Registration for the live webinars will be limited and only available to instructors at high schools, community colleges and four-year universities. All webinars will be recorded and available on our website after the live event.

 

Register for one or all of them by May 15! Please note that there is a separate registration for each event.

 

The complete webinar schedule for the agriculture and landscape Faculty Academy events can be found on the IA website.  

The Agricultural Literacy and Advocacy Model consists of four steps: plan, develop, do and reflect. National FFA has created interactive modules to introduce students to the concept of advocating to four key target audiences: peers, the community, elected officials and elementary students. Each module has an accompanying experience guide to take students through the planning and execution of an activity and event. Find the modules at FFA.org/advocacy-experience/.

ACTE is pleased to announce through CTE Learn, along with our partner at MaxKnowledge, that we have extended the original expiration date of May 1 to May 31 on the following free online courses to prepare educators to teach online.


Go to Online Teachers (https://www.ctelearn.org/certified-courses/online-faculty) on CTE Learn and click on Delivering Online Instruction. You’ll see the following online courses that you can access for free:

- EL102 Online Teaching Techniques

- EL103 Teaching Online: A Student-Centered Approach

- EL104 Teaching and Organizing a Virtual Learning Environment

- EL105 Online Language: Communicating with Students

- EL108 Preparing Students to Become Good Online Learners

- EL112 Workload Management Strategies for Teaching Online

 

Register/login on the CTE Learn site (https://www.ctelearn.org/) and enter the master key “MK-ACTE” to enroll in any of the above courses. This complimentary key is now valid through May 31. For those who have already registered for these courses, MaxKnowledge will automatically extend the original expiration date on the Master Keys to May 31. Contact support@ctelearn.org if you have any questions.

Dear Educators, Extension Specialists, and Leaders,

The Farm Journal Foundation would like to thank you for your efforts to continue the education of our children during this difficult time. Many of our staff are currently benefiting from the great efforts teachers and administrators are making during this time to keep quality educational materials flowing out to students.

Over the past several years our organization has worked on an eLearning initiative that is focused on providing an overview of the U.S. agricultural system. The content is quite dynamic and largely video-narrated by farmers, ranchers and growers from across the United States. Much of this content is currently featured in an educational garden installation located on the National Mall entitled Agriculture Through the Voice of the Farmer.

It is our honor to be able to offer these to you, free of charge, for use in developing your lesson plans or to share with other teachers, youth program coordinators or educational organizations. 

Resources available:

  • Overview of the US Agriculture System based on FJF's Garden Tour on the National Mall--Short Form eLearning Modules (2-3 Minutes Each--12 segments Total) 
  • Business and Culture of US Agriculture--Short Form Segments based on FJF's Garden Tour on the National Mall (2-3 Minutes Each--4 Thematic Chapters) 
  • Overview of the US Agriculture System--Long Form eLearning Modules (15-20 Minutes Chapters, 12 Chapters Divided Across 4 Thematic Modules)

To access these resources please visit the special landing page we have established for educators by clicking on this link or going to farmjournalfoundation.org/resources. 

Before cell cultivated meat comes to market, many questions related to food production, safety, labeling, and regulation must be addressed first. Explore the topic with this new CAST study guide: Producing Food Products from Cultured Animal Tissues This link to the study guide provides you with resources and learning objectives good for individual study or classroom settings. This link also gives you free access to the complete publication and a one-page summary of the key findings. 

 

How will COVID-19 impact agriculture now and in the future?

What are the opportunities in a post-COVID world?

 

As part of Alltech's effort to provide valuable resources to our customers and the global agricultural community confronting COVID-19, we have created a special discussion series, Forging the Future of the Farm & Food Chain.

In this free, on-demand video series, experts from various regions and backgrounds share their insights into the immediate and long-term impact of the global pandemic. 

 

Presentations include:

Cultivating Optimism & Opportunity: Leadership in Times of Crisis 

Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO, Alltech

 

From the Frontlines of Food Production

Matt Kwok, Operations Manager, China, Alltech

Sayed Aman, Managing Director, India, Alltech

Andrea Capitani, Business Manager, Italy, Alltech

Alex Galipienso, General Manager, Spain, Alltech

 

The Post-COVID Consumer: A Remaking of the Market?

David McWilliams, Economist and Professor, Trinity College Dublin

Jessica Adelman, CEO, ESG Results

Jack Bobo, Futurist and CEO, Futurity

 

Keep Calm & Carry On: The Essential Business of Agriculture

John Young Simpson, President, Bluegrass Partners, Singapore

Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture

Mike Osborne, Former President and CEO, Nutra Blend

Kayla Price, Poultry Specialist, Canada, Alltech

 

Planet of Plenty in a Post-COVID World

Dr. Mark Lyons, President and CEO, Alltech

This special series has been pre-recorded and is available to view on demand.

 

Click Here to Access the Free Presentations

 

This COVID-19 special series reflects the thought-provoking content that will be available as part of the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience beginning on May 18, 2020. The virtual experience will include live-streamed keynote presentations and on-demand video content from some of the world's leading industry experts as they address the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture.

 

Register now for the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience