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New York Agriculture in the Classroom

Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix

Lesson Plans (2)

My Agricultural Connections

Describe the local and global complexities in the agricultural systems that provide for our basic needs—food, clothing, and shelter. Grades 9-12

The Big Deal About Big Ag

Discover how technological advances and economic forces influence the size of farms in the United States. Evaluate the pros and cons of large-scale agriculture for the production of our food, fuel and fiber and identify the similarities and differences in commercial vs subsistence farming.

Companion Resource (1)

Teacher Reference

Smarter Food: Does Big Farming Mean Bad Farming?
A common misconception in agriculture is that large scale farming is "bad." This article discusses farm size, conventional vs organic food production, sustainability, and various cultivation practices designed to protect and preserve the environment.