- Agronomic: corn, soybeans, grass (misc. perennial), hay
- Animals: bovine, poultry, swine
- Animal Products: dairy
- Animal Production: grazing - rotational, feed/forage
- Crop Production: nutrient cycling
- Education and Training: general education and training
- Production Systems: agroecosystems
- Soil Management: green manures, composting
- Sustainable Communities: sustainability measures
Elective agriculture classes remain a popular choice in Wisconsin and Iowa high schools. These classes now attract large numbers of students from non-farm backgrounds, and in rural areas they also include a significant portion of students from farm families. Although there are quite a few lessons and resources on sustainable agriculture that can be used in teaching (see the on-line listing of Sustainable Agriculture Resources and Programs for K-12 Youth at https://northcentral.sare.org/resources/resources-for-youth-education/ ), most are aimed at elementary students. In addition, with the exception of the UC Santa Cruz Agroecology curriculum for post secondary students, the resources are designed to teach single stand-alone lessons and do not provide an overview of sustainable agriculture concepts. The only comprehensive sustainable agriculture teaching resource for high school students was a curriculum published in 1991.
Project objectives from proposal:
The purpose of this project was to develop a web-based sustainable agriculture curriculum that would be easily accessible for high school teachers.