Feeding the Planet

Lesson 4 - Sustainable Agriculture: Production

Lesson Plans


Lesson Four PDF  (pdf 63.56 KB)
Lesson Four PowerPoint  (pptx 49.1 KB)

Online Learning Experience

National Learning Standards:

  • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple source of information presented in diverse formats in order to address a question or solve a problem.


Grade Level: 9-12

Lesson Length: 60 minutes

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Categorize agricultural commodities into the four uses of agricultural products – food, fiber, fuel, and shelter
  • Define key terms related to food security
  • Explore the food security on a global scale, including affordability, availability, quality, and safety of various farm outputs


Materials and Equipment Needed:

  • Production Sustainability PowerPoint
  • Butcher paper or tearsheet (1 per group)
  • Markers and/or colored pencils
  • Access to the internet
  • Feeding the Planet Activity Sheets (1 per student)


Cross-Curricular Connections:

Use these suggested adaptations to make learning across the curriculum easy!


Explore the impact of biological advancements in agricultural production methods. Suggested resource: Bringing Biotechnology to Life http://www.agfoundation.org/bringing-biotech-to-life/



Research the impact of planting and harvesting technology, such as GPS units in tractors.



Create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the engineering design of a piece of production equipment used today, and in the past.



Evaluate production and price data provided by the USDA Economic Research Service: https://www.ers.usda.gov/

Recommended Publications

Common Questions about Agriculture

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Full of Beans Educator’s Guide

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Soybeans Ag Mag

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture