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Info for Teachers "Who me, teach agriculture in my classroom?"
Through education, we can reach a new generation of Floridians who have never stepped foot on a farm and help them understand the vital role agriculture plays in Florida's history and its future.
How can I work agriculture into my curriculum?
Why should I teach agriculture in my classroom?
How does agriculture fit my curriculum?



"How can I work agriculture into my curriculum?"

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"Why should I teach agriculture in my classroom?"

Suppose agriculture disappeared. Suppose we paved over our fields and pastures to put in more theme parks and more shopping malls. Suppose we built condominiums on all of our beaches, and surrounded all of our lakes with apartments and office complexes. In many places, this is already a reality, especially here in Florida where our vast agriculture industry is not as visible as our tourist destinations.

Florida encompasses a wide variety of farming operations. We one of the top states in the nation in agricultural production. Our farms provide wildlife habitats and conserve wetlands; they produce bountiful crops of fruits and vegetables, sugar, citrus, foliage plants, honey and cattle, just to name a few. We lead the nation in the production of many of these commodities. Our farms are a treasure. To preserve them we must educate Floridians about the crucial role agriculture plays in fueling Florida's economy, feeding the nation and enhancing our natural resources.

What would our future be without agriculture? A glass of orange juice and a slice of peach pie will just be memory. Our vegetables will be imported from countries where pesticides banned in the United States are in widespread use. We will pay more for food leaving less of our paychecks for other necessities and the extras which make life worth living.

We are losing our farm land at an alarming rate. Farming is more than food. As we think about who lives on our planet and where they live, we must also think about what they eat, wear and need.

Agriculture provides for...
health care:
pharmaceuticals, surgical sutures, ointments, latex gloves, x-ray film, gelatin for capsules, heart valves

education: crayons, textbooks, chalk, desks, pencils, paper
construction: lumber, paints, brushes, tar, paper, dry wall, tool handles
transportation: fuel, lubricants, antifreeze, tires, upholstery
manufacturing: adhesives, lubricants, solvents, detergents
printing: paper, ink, film
personal care products: shampoo, cosmetics, lotions, finger nail polish, toothpaste
entertainment: film, strings for musical instruments
sports: uniforms, baseball bats, leather equipment, shoes
...and so much more!


"How does agriculture fit my curriculum?"

Geography
Agriculture tells a geographic story of how climate, altitude, soil types, and societal preferences influence what and where elements of the food and fiber system are grown.

Careers
Agriculture is one of the nation's largest employers in many varied fields: plant and animal sciences, food production, marketing, transportation, finance, economics, public policy, human nutrition, and environmental stewardship.

Science and Technology
From the invention of the cotton gin to biotechnology, food safety, and GIS, agriculture has changed science and technology in major ways over the past 100 years.

Environmental Education
Conservation, environmental quality, and natural resources are improtant to agriculture as production is dependent on these resources.

Business and Economics
Agriculture plays a significant role in national and international economies; effects supply and demand on pricing and products; and the business aspects of farming and related agribusinesses.

Political Science
Land use, biotechnology, envoronmental quality, and world food supplies are affected by legislation and public policy.

History
Agriculture issues or events as major influences in human history and literature making possible those first settled societies, to current world food issues.

Mathematics
Statistics about agriculture are available for a myriad of real world mathematical problems.

Language Arts
Creative writing can be used to describe the benefits of agriculture, life on the farm, working in research and other fields, agriculture's role in history, and the future without agriculture. Agriculture literature provides sources of good reading materials.


Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
CHARLES H. BRONSON, Commissioner
florida-agriculture.com