Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tackling Bovine TB Together

Recently four major players got together to develop a plan to tackle bovine TB and zoonotic TB. We encourage you to read the linked article to learn more about the disease and what the plan is to tackle it. Utilize the discussion points to guide your conversations around the globe!

Partners Launch Roadmap to Stop Bovine and Zoonotic TB

Discussion Points

  • Explain the difference between bovine TB and zoonotic TB.
  • Why is it difficult to detect zoonotic TB?
  • The article breaks down the roadmap to tackle bovine and zoonotic TB into three categories. Which of the three areas do you feel is most important to tackling TB and why?
  • How does the impact of zoonotic TB go beyond just effecting one's health. Explain.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Forests and Food Security

Forests play a vital role in food security and nutrition around the globe. Linked below is a video that explores the impact of forests on food security and nutrition along with the interaction between traditional production agriculture and forestry. We encourage you to watch the linked video and utilize the discussion points below to guide conversations in your classrooms and communities! When we travel abroad with students and farmers this is often a topic of discussion.

Sustainable Forestry for Food Security and Nutrition

Discussion Points

  • Why are forests so important to food security and nutrition?
  • Of the many benefits that forests provide for food security and nutrition which do you feel is the most important and why?
  • Many facts were shared in the video. Which fact surprised you the most (or did you find most interesting) and why?
  • Towards the end of the video integrating production agriculture and forestry was stressed. Do some additional research and find how this is being done around the globe. Share your findings with others. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hurricane Maria and Agriculture

Puerto Rico has been devastated by Hurricane Maria. Part of the devastation includes the agriculture sector. Look over the linked article to learn more about the impact that Hurricane Maria is having on the agriculture sector in Puerto Rico. Utilize the discussion points provided to spark conversations in your classrooms, coffee shops, and communities around the world!

Discussion Points
  • Explain the impact of Hurricane Maria on agriculture in Puerto Rico. Consider both crops and livestock.
  • Looking back through the years what has been the trends with agriculture in Puerto Rico?
  • Some are turning this horrible situation into a positive for agriculture. Explain their reasoning.
  • In your opinion what could be done to help get agriculture back on it's feet in Puerto Rico? Why would your idea be successful?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

World Hunger on the Rise

World hunger and malnutrition is a battle that continues to be fought. A recent report found that hunger is on the rise after several years of decline. We encourage you to look over the linked article and utilize the discussion points to guide conversations with others around the globe!

World Hunger Again on the Rise

Discussion Points

  • Explain the trend of global hunger over the past years.
  • Two main factors have been attributed to the resurgence of hunger and malnutrition. Identify and explain these two factors.
  • Look over the "Key Numbers" section. Which facts stick out to you and why?
  • In your opinion how do we work towards eradicating hunger and malnutrition?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Intercropping in China

Farming on the steep hills of China can be a challenge and soil erosion is a huge concern. This week we take a closer look at some research to protect the soil while increasing profits at the same time in China. We encourage you to look at the linked article and utilize the discussion points below to guide the conversations in your classrooms and communities around the globe.

Helping Chinese Farmers Tackle Erosion

Discussion Points

  • Imagine someone approaches you on the street and has no idea what intercropping is. Explain it to them in a couple sentences.
  • What benefits where found utilizing intercropping in China? 
  • Of all the benefits listed which do you feel was the most important and why?
  • Soil erosion continues to be an issue in China and around the world. What are additional ways that erosion can be reduced in China and globally? Explain how/why your recommendations would be successful.
**Ag Educators: Take the last point a step farther and have students create a plan to reduce erosion in China and present to the class.

Friday, September 8, 2017

World Cereal Production and the Food Price Index

World cereal production is on pace for an all time high. This is one factor that impacts the Food Price Index put out by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Below we have linked two items. The first is an article regarding a summary of the recent Food Price Index and production trends around the globe. The second link is the latest Food Price Index report from the FAO. We encourage you to look over both links and utilize the discussion points below to guide your conversations in your classrooms, coffee shops, and communities around the world!

Global Cereal Output Heads for New Record

Food Price Index

Discussion Points

  • What is the FAO Food Price Index?
  • What is the trend with cereal production around the world? Are their trends within certain regions of the world that are different than others?
  • Looking at the Food Price Index what trends have you noticed over the past years? What may be causing these fluctuations? 
  • Some Food Price Indexes have decreased while other areas have increased or held stable? What are the reasonings for this?
  • What specific area increase or decrease in the Food Price Index surprises you the most and why?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Drought and Agriculture

There are many weather events that can impact agriculture. The linked video below takes a closer look at droughts and their impacts on agriculture. We encourage you to watch the linked video and utilize the discussion points below to guide conversations in your classrooms and communities.

Drought in Agriculture

Discussion Points

  • Which fact shared in the video did you find most interesting and why?
  • Why is a proactive response to droughts in agriculture so important?
  • Explain the solutions shared in the video to combat drought?
  • What is the key to success in combating droughts in agriculture in your opinion? Explain your reasoning.