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Introduction of Agriculture


Introduction of Agriculture



INTRODUCTION TO METALS

A comprehensive knowledge of metals and their properties is essential before beginning to work with metal. This presentation takes a close look at the properties of metals, non-metals and metalloids, as well as the various types of metals and the changes which occur in metals.

CD-ROM (Win, PowerPoint Presentation (83 slides)) / 2013

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WELDING BLUEPRINTS & SYMBOLS

Understanding how to read a blueprint and the symbols one contains is a vital component to constructing a welding project. This PowerPoint® presentation focuses on blueprints and how they are read. Building symbols and welding symbols, as well as weld types and weld positions, are thoroughly discussed throughout the presentation. A detailed welding project is included with the lesson plan to provide the students with a hands-on learning experience.

CD-ROM (Win, PowerPoint Presentation (57 slides)) / 2013

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WELDING INSPECTION & TESTING

This presentation features Pete Stracener, Chairperson, Industrial Technology Department, Program Coordinator and Professor of Welding Technology at South Plains College. Follow along as he explains the importance and processes of welding inspection, types of welding defects and discontinuities, preparation of welder qualification test plates and performance of the guided bend tests on the test coupons.

DVD / 2013 / 74 minutes

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WELDING SHOP SAFETY

When preparing to work in any welding shop, it is important for both students and instructors to be familiar with hazards and safety precautions in the shop. This production will address all aspects of shop safety, from the causes of the most common accidents in the shop to material handling safety to personal protective equipment. Follow along with Pete Stracener, Chairperson, Industrial Technology Department, Program Coordinator and Professor of Welding Technology at South Plains College, as he discusses shop safety.

DVD / 2013 / 68 minutes

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TECH TOOLS: FARMING & AGRICULTURE

Back-breaking labor is a thing of the past. Aided by technological advancements, the Farming and Agricultural industries have progressed by leaps and bounds and use the latest ideas to ensure more yields and safer systems. From turning waste into biogas and tackling the diverse world of genetically modified crops, this episode of Tech Tools proves the worth of technology in this industry. Exploring the latest machinery from New Holland, turning waste into biofuel, and medicinal crops, the Agricultural industry has propelled itself into the 21st Century, paving the way for future generations of Farmers.

DVD / 2012 / (Senior High - College) / 24 minutes

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GROW!

By Anthony-Masterson

With the average age of farmers in the U.S. currently at 57, it's critical to encourage more young people to take up the plow. GROW! profiles a new crop of idealistic young farmers who have turned to the fields for a more fulfilling life, driven also by a strong desire to change how our food is grown.

Filmed on 12 different farms throughout the state of Georgia during an entire growing season, GROW! provides an honest and inspiring look at this next generation of farmers.

There is an emerging movement of young people, both women and men, who are leaving the cities to take up an agrarian life. Many are college-educated, and some are unable to find jobs in the current economic slump. Not happy with their current lives and what they see as a broken food system, they aim to fix some of the current shortcomings by growing and distributing food locally and in a more sustainable manner.

To start off, they often must borrow, rent or manage farmland in order to fulfill their dreams. Some begin as apprentices, working with experienced farmers to learn the basics before venturing out on their own.

GROW! takes an engaging and personal look at this new generation of sustainable farmers through the eyes, hearts and minds of 20 passionate, idealistic and fiercely independent young growers. In the film they speak of both the joys and the challenges involved in tending the land, from unpredictable weather and equipment breakdowns, to keeping their crops healthy. They also clearly present what motivates them, and what it takes to be successful as a farmer.

The film provides inspiration to all viewers to support this new crop of local and sustainable farmers through the food choices we make every day.

Reviews
  • "These young people are happy. Hard-working to be sure, but satisfied in their work, nourishing themselves and others, and the earth itself, with their unusual career choice to return to America's agrarian roots íX before corporations and chemicals took control of our food production." - Atlanta Magazine

  • "GROW! offers the opportunity to understand a new generation of farmer... What we get is a picture of hardworking, passionate and, yes, idealistic 20 and 30-somethings who feel called to a 'real' job with tangible results." - Civil Eats

  • "Follows 20 young sustainable farmers on 12 farms in Georgia as they doggedly pursue careers in agriculture despite challenges related to land ownership and lack of farming experience." - Seedstock

    Awards
  • Best American Documentary, Rome International Film Festival
  • Focus Award, Montana CINE International Film Festival
  • Best of Category (Food and Agricultural Issues), Montana CINE International Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award, Docufest Atlanta

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / (Grades 9 - Adult) / 50 minutes

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    TOXIC TEARS

    By Tom Deiters & Hilbert Kamphuisen

    Toxic Tears looks at the little-known darker side of the "Green Revolution" in India that transformed agriculture, but has negatively impacted thousands of farmers in the country.

    The Green Revolution of the mid 20th Century was aimed at greatly reducing starvation in the Third World. But the high-yielding seeds and mono-crops central to its success required heavy use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and water, with a higher cost than the traditional, more natural methods that were abandoned. While the Green Revolution did increase yields of grains and initially benefited farmers, the price paid proved very high in India, leading to heavy indebtedness, disharmony, environmental degradation, and thousands of suicides among farmers.

    Toxic Tears features farmers, local merchants, and moneylenders in the Southern Punjab region who tell their stories. Two older farmers in one village describe how farming in the past was different from today, and how their sons were forced to take more loans from banks and local moneylenders. Heavily in debt, they took their lives by drinking pesticides, and were among the 25 farmers who committed suicide in recent years in their village. One villager who continued to farm organically describes how the use of pesticides is like a drug addiction, making both farmers and the land dependent upon them, and at great cost.

    Reviews
  • "Toxic Tears takes a hard look at the alleged perversions of the systemíK(and) highlights an undeniable problemíK" - Radio Netherlands Worldwide

  • "Toxic Tears profiles the heart-broken men and women in Punjab's villages who lost their sons to faulty farming practices. - The Times of India

    DVD (English and Hindi, Closed Captioned, With English subtitles) / 2011 / (Grades 9 - Adult) / 25 minutes

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    AGRICULTURE: AMERICA'S MOST CRUCIAL INDUSTRY

    Examine the role that modern agriculture plays in determining the economic health of the country.

    Learning Objectives:
  • Students will study the role that agriculture plays in America's industrial market.
  • Students will explore the contributions that agriculture makes to America's standard of living.
  • The impact that America's agricultural system has on world economy will be described.

    DVD / 2004 / (Grades 6-12) / 10 minutes

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    AGRICULTURE

    A farmer shows us the system she designed for breeding alpacas and farming them for wool production. Another farmer details the system he has devised for growing and distributing hydroponic lettuces.

    DVD / 2004 / (Senior High) / 15 minutes

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    GENE TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE: WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS AND RISKS?

    The program has illustrated techniques in which biotechnology has been utilised to improve agricultural production. Highlighted are specific technologies designed to improve potatoes and wool. The issues of genetically modified food, the environmental risk and appropriate labelling are some of the issues touched on in this sometimes heated debate.

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    DVD / 1999 / 22 minutes

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    WEAPONRY, AGRICULTURE AND GAMES

    The Chinese developed intricate crossbows far ahead of their time, fleets of paddle boats, curving iron plows, wheelbarrows, folding umbrellas, conveyor belts, restaurants, golf, chess, kites, hot air balloons, and parachutes.

    DVD / 2003 / (Intermediate - Senior High) / 26 minutes

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    SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

    This video presents 4 case studies of sustainable agriculture. Whole form planning: inputs, outputs, erosion control, soil management, tree planting, water management, and salinity control. Land care: communities banding together. Permaculture. Inner city gardens.

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    DVD / 1997 / 20 minutes

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    AGRICULTURE

    Takes us from a hog farmer and a cranberry farmer to the veterinarian/ostrich breeder and on to an agronomist and economist.

    DVD / 1996 / (Senior High - College) / 25 minutes

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    SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: FARMSCAPING - ADVANCED TACTICS FOR ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

    Visit a wide range of farmers and entomology farm advisors who are implementing tactics that enhance a farm's biological diversity; enrich it's soil fertility, drainage and tilth; achieve biological weed and insect pest management and reduce the need for agricultural chemicals. See how cover crops are used to manage weeds and improve the soil's structure and fertility. Find out how to utilize and time certain cover crops to help attract the specific predators which help control pest insects. See how to implement insectary crops, trap crops, mowing and tillage of cover crops, inter cropping and habitat strips. You'll then see how to utilize weeds, roadside and insectary plantings, windrows and hedgerows to bring even more biological diversity to the farm.

    Review
  • "The Farmscaping video is really an outstanding achievement in this area of habitat enhancement, and the photography is as poignant as the text is gripping." - Robert Bugg Entomologist

    DVD / 1996 / 27 minutes

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    SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

    See how sustainable agriculture is efficient in the use of natural resources, ecologically sound and economical. Learn how to: improve soil fertility and nutrient cycling, maintain biological diversity, implement effective cover crops and trap crops, integrate farm animals, add compost to the soil, mulch, reduce soil erosion and enhance soil structure by utilizing various conservation tillage techniques, manage pests, develop useful crop rotations, and much more. Visit numerous locations and hear from five farmers who have successfully made the transition.

    DVD / 1991 / 30 minutes

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    INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT IN AGRICULTURE

    See how and why IPM was developed in agriculture. Learn the basic strategies, proper pest identification, monitoring, biological control, physical control and chemical control. Explore various cultural control techniques such as sanitation, cultivation and the use of cover crops. Concepts such as the use of a crop's economic threshold are also shown. See how these strategies are effectively applied in orchard production, field crop production, strawberry production and vegetable production

    DVD / 1990 / 29 minutes

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    CLEAN FOOD, ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

    Although more than 12,000 organic farms operate in the United States, increasing demand for organically grown food requires substantial imports from abroad. This program delves into the world of sustainable, ecofriendly agriculture; it also highlights advances that should eventually enable all Americans to "act locally" when they shop for organic food. George Siemon, founder and CEO of Organic Valley, talks about the inner workings of his cooperative organization, while green food producers Anthony Rodale, Gary Hirshberg, and Gary Erickson explain the challenges and rewards of their successful operations. In another segment, renowned activist Vandana Shiva expounds on the social, environmental, and health-related consequences of traditional corporate farming

    DVD / 28 minutes

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    FIELD TRIP: TEXAS FRESHWATER FISHERIES CENTER

    ?In this production, students will take a tour of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries in Athens, TX. Students will see all aspects of the facility and specialty fish. They will be introduced to the field trip then move right into the rest of the facility, including the reservoirs, lake displays, hatchery raceways, ShareLunker Program, bogs, scuba, bus tour and the Hall of Fame.

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    POULTRY JUDGING: PRACTICE CONTEST II

    This DVD is designed to prepare students to be competitive in poultry judging. It provides eight classes for judging and placing, followed by the officials. The officials in this presentation are provided by Jason Lee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Poultry Sciences, Texas A&M University.

    DVD / 42 minutes

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    SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING: AWS EDU-6 ENTRY LEVEL WELDER QUALIFICATION TEST

    This presentation features Pete Stacener, Chairperson, Industrial Technology Department, Program Coordinator and Professor of Welding Technology at South Plains College. Follow along as he explains and demonstrates the entry level welder qualification test for shielded metal arc welding. Provided are step-by-step procedures and guidelines on how to properly and safely create a bend test specimen. Examples of tacking the backing strip to the plate, cleaning between passes, preparing a root and face specimen, as well as how to properly conduct a guided bend test are provided in this insightful presentation.

    DVD / 38 minutes

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    SHIELDED METAL ARC WELDING: PREPARATION & SAFETY

    This presentation features Pete Stacener, Chairperson, Industrial Technology Department, Program Coordinator and Professor of Welding Technology at South Plains College. Follow along as he explains the preparation and safety as it applies to shielded metal arc welding. After an introduction, Pete covers safety and equipment before moving into electrode selection and classification. Also covered is base metal preparation, types of joints and welds as well as the essentials of a good weld. We finish up with how to strike and arc and a section covering a pad of beads.

    DVD / 58 minutes

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    SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED: AGRICULTURE - FEEDING A HUNGRY PLANET

    Scientists throughout the world are researching and implementing sustainable food production systems. Key concepts that underline this vital research are ecosystem preservation and natural resource conservation. Food production systems touch nearly every aspect of life - from farms and industrial processing plants to markets, grocery stores and the dinner table. Students will learn about the future sustainable 'food cycle'.

    DVD / (Grades 6-12) / 15 minutes

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