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Farmers and ranchers depend on bees to pollinate crops, just as you and I depend on bees to pollinate our plants and flowers. Look at the image below of a pumpkin flower. Pumpkin flowers are important for pollination and for the production of the pumpkin. Label each step in the pollination process using the answer bank below. Color in the pumpkin flowers when you are done!
Below are several statements which share important facts about American agriculture. Use the word bank to fill in the missing words in each sentence. You’ll notice that each blank has the correct amount of spaces, indicating the number of letters for the missing word. One letter is highlighted. When you are done, unscramble these letters to solve a riddle!
You have just been named the chairman of a committee that decides how to allocate water resources. Read each letter and decide how you will divide up the available water amongst the three individuals listed here. Write a short persuasive response letter below explaining why you made this decision. When you are done, share your letter with an adult and ask them how they would allocate (divide up) the water.
Welcome to the wonderful world of machines and mechanics! Chances are you’ve been in a car at some point this week. You’ve probably seen a grown-up using a kitchen gadget, such as an electric mixer or a toaster. We see machines every day! They make many of the tasks we do easier. But did you know that farmers and ranchers rely on machines every day to get their job done? Machines help farmers and ranchers care for animals and work the land while conserving our resources. Many of the complex machines we know today have evolved because of the understanding of six simple machines: a pulley, a lever, a wedge, a wheel and axle, an inclined plane and a screw.
Carefully cut out each of the following agriculture job titles and the descriptions. Lay them out on a flat surface, and match each job with the correct definition. Then put them in order, from which job you would like the most, to the job you would like the least. When you are done, write a 1-paragraph summary explaining how you selected the jobs you liked the most, and those you liked the least!
You must navigate your tractor through the maze of this field to the silo, where you will store your grain! Farmers today use GPS (Global Positioning Systems) to carefully navigate through their fields. A computer in the tractor connects to a satellite to guide the tractor!
Welcome to the Farmers Market! The wonderful items you see are advertised as “locally grown.”While there is no clear definition for “locally grown”, the term usually refers to food grown within your state, or within 400 miles of your location. The term “locally grown” is mostly a way to market food from a farmer directly to a consumer. This type of marketing helps put a face to our farmers. Look at the items for sale at the Farmers Market. Use this information to solve the following problems. Don’t forget to show your work!
This is an activity that is fun to do at home with your family. To get ready, have an adult help you find a map of the area you will be traveling. This may be a local city map, a state map, or even a country map if you are going on a long drive. Ask your family if it is ok for you to draw on this map. You’ll want to put a star near every interesting point.
Investigate the illustration below, and read the short biography about the ranching family. Stewardship practices are ways that someone takes care of the land, resources and environment. Without looking back at the story, try to recall as many stewardship practices as possible.
Animal agriculture provides nutritious food options for you and your whole family! Check out the nutritional information on each product, and use this information to solve the math problems below!