Welcome to Class

The “Welcome to Class” Agriculture Educators Podcast is available for agriculture professionals to get tips and information, think about best teaching practices, and find resources that are available from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Watch our new Season 2 Welcome to Class Podcast Trailer! This podcast is written and hosted by Carli Erickson, Crop Science Youth Education Coordinator for the Integrated Pest Management Program at Iowa State University. On this page you will find links to resources that are mentioned in the podcasts. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Carli Erickson at carli@iastate.edu.

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07/31/2020

Carli also speaks with Assistant Teaching Professor Kate Gilbert who has years of industry experience with processing and packaging. Kate also shares ideas about consumer involvement and the direction we are headed with more transparency.

National FFA Organization 

National 4H Organization 

Crops Feed The World

From Kate Gilbert:

50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat 

America’s Eating Habits: Food Away From Home 

50 Shades of Brown 

The Counter - it used to be the New Food Economy.  The journalists there do a fantastic job covering aspects of the food system that we wonder about but don't often hear.  

Reducing Wasted Food At Home - there are many good references about food waste. The EPA website is a good starting place & includes what consumers can do at home to reduce food waste.

Healthy Soils Are The Basis for Healthy Food Production

The Great Nutrient Collapse -This is a fascinating article about how increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are changing the composition of plants and foods (and not for the better).

07/31/2020

Carli talks soil science and global foods with Professor Amber Anderson who specializes in agronomy from Iowa State University. We talk about why soil is the key to delivering nutrients to crops in order to have healthy food for everyone.

National FFA Organization 

National 4H Organization 

Crops Feed The World

From Amber Anderson:

2019 State of Food Security Report 

Famine Early Warning System

07/31/2020

Carli weighs the options about alternative crops with Warren Pierson, field manager at Iowa State University’s Field Extension Education Lab. Warren shares his experience with growing crops we don’t normally consider.

National FFA Organization 

National 4H Organization 

Crops Feed The World

Iowa State University Extension Store: Pasture Management Guide for Livestock Producers

Recognizing Challenges to Iowa’s Annual Cropping Systems 

From Warren Pierson:

Practical Farmers of Iowa

Integrated Crop Management ISU

Integrated Pest Management ISU

Iowa State University Research Farm Reports

Iowa State University Extension Store: Crops

 

07/30/2020

Carli speaks with 2017-2018 National FFA secretary Erica Baier about her experiences as an Ag leader. We also speak with 4-H Global Citizenship Intern Katelin Pagel to talk about how to implement global citizenship in your life and community.

National FFA Organization 

National 4H Organization 

Crops Feed The World

Iowa State 4-H Global Citizenship 

Iowa State 4-H Global Citizenship Day Information

07/30/2020

Carli interviews Kelsey Fisher, a graduate student at Iowa State University, talks about the importance of pollinators! She specializes in entomology, specifically studying and conducting research on monarch butterflies.

National FFA Organization 

National 4H Organization 

Crops Feed The World

Integrated Pest Management ISU

From Kelsey Fisher:

Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium 

USDA “To mow or to mow less: Lawn mowing frequency affects bee abundance and diversity in suburban yards”  

Native Bee Guide

Monarchs On The Move Guide 

 

07/30/2020

Carli speaks with Meaghan Anderson about the importance of weed management. Meaghan is a self proclaimed “weed nerd” who is passionate about helping farmers and landowners keep weed out and crop yields high.

National FFA Organization 

National 4H Organization 

Crops Feed The World

Integrated Pest Management ISU

Integrated Crop Management ISU - up-to-date information on Iowa crop management, including information about weed management and herbicide resistance

From Meaghan Anderson:

Iowa State University: 2020 Herbicide Guide for Iowa Corn and Soybean Production - Every year Iowa State University weed scientists produce the Herbicide Guide for Iowa Crop Production, which is a good resource for better management of herbicides

Take Action Pesticide Resistance Management - this website has information on managing weed, insect, and pathogen resistance in row crops

Take Action Herbicide Classification Chart

GROW IWM - A weed science collaboration to share research-based resources and information on herbicide resistance and non-herbicide management tactics

07/30/2020

Carli digs deep into the importance of having a greenhouse and the opportunities it can provide for students. She says greenhouses offer student led learning, school based enterprise SAE’s, community partners, and mentorship.

National FFA Organization 

National 4H Organization 

Crops Feed The World

Integrated Pest Management ISU

FFA: SAE for All 

Iowa State University Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinic

Updated Greenhouse Pest Management Manual 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach- Agriculture and Natural Resources (Crops and Soil)

09/25/2019

Senior Year!!! Carli shares her personal experience about life after high school. The opportunities are endless in the agriculture industry. Find your passion and run with it.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4H 

Crops Feed the World Lessons

Iowa State University Website 

Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

09/25/2019

Students come from all different backgrounds and they all have different things to offer. Brenda Allen from Iowa State University 4H Extension and Outreach visits to share her thoughts about positive youth development.

Ag Career of the Day 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4H 

Crops Feed the World Lessons

Positive Youth Development 

09/25/2019

Technology is a tool for the toolbox. Stuart McCulloh from Scoutpro visits to talk about his experience as a business owner and how technology is paving the way for their future.

Ag Career of the Day 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Integrated Pest Management 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4H 

Crops Feed the World Lessons 

Scoutpro 

Source: AgTech Trends in 2019: Synthetic Biology, Precision Agriculture, and Millennial Farmers 

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