The Science of Modern Agriculture: The evolution of crop protection - a historical perspective

This web seminar took place on November 15, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. The presenters were Val Bayes, STEM Engagement Lead, Michael Crawford, head of the Emerging Technologies Platform, Liza Dunn (Halcomb), Emergency Medicine physician and Medical Toxicologist, Doug Sammons, biochemist, and Cole Waggoner, communication lead. Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

Program Abstract

Producing food, fuel and fiber for a growing population poses many challenges. Whether modern or organic processes are used – all farmers must assess their needs and make decisions to produce a successful harvest. One option is the utilization of chemistry to control pests and to improve crop productivity. For some people, the term “chemical” is associated with a negative connotation. During this session, we will discuss a brief history of how crop protection chemistry has evolved, the consequences of use, and future directions. From copper sulfate to glyphosate, this session is bound to generate dialogue.

This seminar is part three of a five part series of web seminars providing teachers a deeper dive into the sophistication of modern agriculture. From drones to genetic engineering, modern agricultural advancements have enabled farmers to produce food, fuel and fiber while using land and other resources more efficiently. Given pest pressure, climate change and other challenges – how can leveraging STEM innovations mitigate these challenges? Many Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and other three-dimensional science standards based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education will be highlighted in this series including: Climate and Weather, Heredity of Traits, and the Engineering Design Process.

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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My Profile area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "This was interesting information. I live in a rural farming community and learned more about what farmers need to think about when planting crops and taking weed control into consideration."
  • "The speakers are very knowledgeable and the information is research-based. It increases my knowledge."
  • "Enjoyed. Thank you. What an interesting growing field."

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