Jim Bender with Katie Richards and McKenzie Rogers from Ashland-Greenwood High School
- Jim Bender's farm is oriented around a well-organized crop rotation that integrates his cow/calf operation. Bender seeks to incorporate large environmental goals within his operation in a manner that similar farming systems can work toward while maintaining economic viability. Author of Future Harvest: Pesticide-free Farming, the full interview with Jim is packed with well thought-out components of what can influence a farm's sustainability.
- Use this video clip (5:47) to encourage classroom discussion on why crop/animal integration schemes may prove beneficial and what effects greater amounts of diversity on the farm can have.
- Use this "Discussion Document" to foster student discussion about the video or as a guideline for how to incorporate these materials into your daily lesson plans. Check out the outline of the full interview to identify other relevant topics from this interview.
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- To think critically about conventional farming schemes with crops and/or animals
- To examine the importance of land stewardship
- How might you convince a farmer to integrate crop and animal systems on his/her operation?
- What benefits are seen from having a diversified farm?
- What other mixed crops and livestock might be integrated?
- What kind of farming systems are dominant worldwide? Are monoculture or integrated systems more common?
- How would you measure the sustainability of Jim Bender's operation? What could be improved?
Location: 8207 144th St, Weeping Water, NE
Map data: Google Earth 2013