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2019 CURRENT ISSUE
Station Master
Deborah Aller, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Cornell, Agricultural Stewardship Specialist
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"Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World"

• Introduction

• Learning Objectives

  • References

Introduction

There are many articles that estimate the population of the Earth to be approximately 9 billion by the year 2050.  One of the primary concerns for the agricultural industry is how will farmers be able to grow enough food to feed this growing population, while also protecting natural resources such as soil, water, air, wildlife, and forestry resources. 

Students will learn the concepts of how agriculture and all natural resource areas are interrelated, and how the use of new technologies are key to increase food production.   Key topics will include:

  • Understand the importance of moving toward sustainable farming systems to conserve natural resources, mitigate climate change, reduce erosion and protect water quality and quantity, and promote pollination;
    • Comprehension of farming practices that build soil organic matter such as composting, crop rotations, cover crops, conservation tillage, and management intensive grazing systems to improve soil health;
  • Understand integrated pest management and biological pest control techniques used to prevent insect pest, disease, and weed problems;
  • Understand the role of new technology: agricultural biotechnology; precision agriculture; and using UAV (drones, GIS, etc.) to increase farm efficiency for food production.

 

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Key Topics (KT)

1. Understanding how agroecosystems function and the services they provide.

2. Understanding the importance of soil health as the foundation of a healthy ecosystem.

3. Understanding sustainable agriculture on large and small farm operations, as well as the indicators of sustainable farming.

4. Understanding how sustainable and best management farming practices enhance and protect soil health, water quality and quantity, and biodiversity; as well as manage insect pests, disease, and weeds.

5. The differences of local, regional, and national foods systems that are vital to grow food for an ever increasing world population; and the importance of each food system.

6. New technologies that help provide more efficient agriculture production.

 

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Learning Objectives

1. Understand how agroecology applies ecological principles to agricultural systems by considering productivity, ecosystem impacts, and social responsibility.- KT #1

2. Understand the indicators of soil health, including physical, chemical and biological properties and its role in the agroecosystem - KT #2.

3. Define sustainable agriculture, including comparing and contrasting sustainable practices on large and small farm operations- KT #3

4. Understand the importance of moving toward sustainable farming systems to conserve natural resources, mitigate climate change, reduce erosion and protect water quality and quantity; as well as and promote pollination - KT #4

5. Understand farm management practices to build soil organic matter, such as: composting, crop rotations, cover crops, conservation tillage, and management intensive grazing systems to improve soil health.- KT #4

6. Understand best management practices that improve water quality and reduce water use such as conservation tillage, cover crops, plant selection, precision agriculture, water re-use, and sub-surface drip irrigation.- KT #4

7. Understand integrated pest management and biological pest control techniques used to prevent insect pest, disease, and weed problems.- KT # 4

8. Knowledge of the role pollinators play in farming and ways to attract them.- KT#4

9. Describe the economic, social, and environmental benefits of sustainable agriculture to local communities, as well as to regional and global food systems. - KT #5

10. Understand the role of new technology: agricultural biotechnology; precision agriculture; using UAV (drones, GIS, etc.) to increase farm efficiency for food production.- KT #6

11. Understand the risks and benefits of agricultural biotechnology.- KT #6

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References

 

Key Topic # 1 Resources

1. Biodiversity conservation and agricultural sustainability: towards a new paradigm of ‘eco-agriculture’ landscapes

2. Study: Bioenergy Decisions Involve Wildlife Habitat and Land Use Trade-offs

3. Could soils help save the climate?

4. Ecosystem services and agriculture: tradeoffs and synergies

5. Linking Ecologists and Traditional Farmers in the Search for Sustainable Agriculture

 

Key Topic # 2 Resources

1. Soil Has a Microbiome, Too

2. Soil Health Growers

3. Soil Health and Soil Health Institute Featured on American Farmer TV Series (Video)

4. The Hope in Healthy Soil’ Video Series (Video) 9 Minutes

 

Key Topic # 3 Resources

1. Beyond conservation agriculture

2. North Carolina Farm Family Awarded for Conservation Practices

3. Why Industrial Farms Are Good for the Environment

4. Organic farming not always best for the planet

5. What Is Sustainable Agriculture?

6. Sections to focus on in "Beyond Conservation Agriculture"

 

Key Topic # 4 Resources

1. A Diversity of Bees Is Good for Farming

2. Cover Crops – Organic Farming

3. Farming for Bees

4. Forest farming economic, environmental benefits

 


 

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The past Current Issue topics and Station Masters have been...

 
2019 Agriculture and the Environment:
Knowledge and technology to feed the world
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County - Deborah Aller, Agricultural Stewardship Specialist
2018 Western Rangeland Management: 
Balancing Diverse Views
Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - Kenneth Johnson
2017 Agricultural Soil & Water
Conservation Stewardship
USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Service - Liz Camps
2016 Invasive Species: A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - Polly Weigand
2015 Urban Forestry Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County - Robin L. Simmen Community Horticulture Specialist

2014

Sustainable Local Agriculture /Locally Grown

Agricultural Stewardship Program Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County - Becky Wiseman, Coordinator

2013

Sustainable Rangeland Management

Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District - Dawn Alarcon

2012

Nonpoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development

Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District - Aldona Lawson

2011

Salt and Fresh Water Estuaries

Suffolk County Department of Health Services - Office of Ecology - Peconic Estuary Program - Kim Barbour

2010

Protection of Groundwater Through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning

Suffolk County Department of Health Services - Office of Ecology - Peconic Estuary Program - Kim Paulsen

2009

Biodiversity in a Changing World

NY Sea Grant - Larissa Graham & Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission - Melissa Griffiths

2008

Recreational Impacts on Natural Resources

The Waterfront Center - Jeanne Beyer & James Europe

2007

Alternative/Renewable Energy

Citizen's Campaign for the Environment - Mary Ellen Dour & Maureen Dolan-Murphy

2006

Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate

Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District - Sherry Forgash

2005

Managing Cultural Landscapes

Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - Sharon Frost

2004

Natural Resource Management in the Urban Environment

 

2003

Farmland Preservation & Conservation

Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - George Proios

2002

Introduced Species

 

2001

Urban Nonpoint Source Pollution

Suffolk County Soil & Water Conservation District - Sharon Frost

2000

Wetland Management

 

1999

Wildfire Management

 


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