All of the basic facts and figures on important agricultural topics have been put together in a format that’s easy to acquire and easy to use. The CropLife Ambassador Network (CAN) has done the work for you.
Each presentation is designed to last 30 to 45 minutes and comes with a corresponding script. Although the presentations work best with an LCD Projector (which many schools now have on site) the slides may also be printed on transparency paper and used with an overhead projector.
IMPORTANT: When opening these presentations in PowerPoint, hit “view/notes pages” from the top menu bar. This allows you to see the narrative that corresponds to each slide.
|“Agriculture’s Abundance” U.S. Science & Technology Produces Nutritious Food for All
Downloadable PowerPoint File (42.3 MB) Updated August 2011
Find out how agriculture effects our daily life in more ways than food, how science and technological advancements over the last 100 years have played a role and how this has allowed for other advancements in society. View an embedded video of an actual corn harvest. Plus, learn how soybeans go from a crop to a kid’s favorite veggie dip–ranch dressing. (Download may take a couple of minutes).National Education Standards
|“Feeding Planet Earth”
Downloadable PowerPoint File (43 MB) Updated August 2011
Learn how the U.S uses economic resources of labor, natural resources and capital to provide nutritious food for all in a sustainable manner. Learn how modern technology allows farmers to farm in a sustainable manner which requires the need to conserve our natural resources, produce food and fiber to meet the food and fiber needs of all in the U.S., while also maintaining a profit to remain in business. (Allow a few minutes to download)National Education Standards
|“Farming & the Water Cycle”
Downloadable PowerPoint File (3.2MB)
Over 40% of U.S. land is devoted to farms and ranches. Even though one acre of developed land in a city has a greater affect on water quality than one acre of farmland, because we have so much more total farmland, farming has the bigger overall affect on waters. This presentation takes a look at the water cycle and it’s relationship with farming including precipitation, surface run-off, surface and ground water use and transpiration. Includes farming techniques used by today’s farmer’s to keep our waters clean.
|“Today’s Agriculture, Careers Across the Spectrum”
Downloadable PowerPoint File (2.7MB)
Agriculture is America’s largest industry. More than 21 million people work in the industry; however, less than 2% of these 21 million people work in what you picture as a traditional agricultural job-a farmer or rancher. Whether you want to be self employed, a scientist, a writer, a businessman or a farmer agriculture provides these opportunities and more. Careers choices are grouped as to the personality – doer, thinker, persuader, organizer, helper and creator – it best fits. Agriculture definitely provides careers across the spectrum.
|“Farm Fueled, Biofuels”
Downloadable PowerPoint File (7MB)
Agriculture provides a renewable fuel source. Explore the plant sources and how farmers can meet the growing demand for these sources. Learn about the incentives spurring the growth of biofuels and the benefits to the U.S. along with the role technology plays in the energy balance of biofuel production.
|“Farmers Stewards of the Land”
Downloadable PowerPoint File (4.5MB)
A farmer’s livelihood depends on preserving our natural resources. “Stewards of the Land”, explores the methods farmers use to conserve soil, protect water, control chemicals and protect wildlife. Great for National Ag Day and Earth Day themes!
|“Wide World of Weeds: Solutions through Time”
Downloadable PowerPoint File (2.8MB)
Learn about the challenge of weed control faced by farmers and the history of technological advances from human labor, mechanical advances and scientific methods used by humans to solve the problem. Explore how science is a human endeavor. Scientists don’t always agree and will come up with different conclusions. Students can contemplate alternates methods for weed control if modern technologies were not employed?