Author:
Owl Nest Manager
Subject:
Agriculture
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment, Lecture Notes
Level:
Middle School, High School
Tags:
  • Animal Science
  • Integrated Crop-Livestock
  • NE Ag
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Secondary Agriculture
  • Sustainable Agriculture
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems

    Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems

    Overview

    This presentation is an introductory lesson on integration of crop-livestock systems in the United States. The lesson includes national Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Standards, objectives, and a student project. This lesson is intended to be inquiry-based, and as such only foundational information is presented. Students are expected to take the introductory information and find specific information needed to solve the problem posed at the beginning of the presentation. It is expected that at a minimum this lesson will take three 50-minute class periods and could take longer based on teacher preferences.

    Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems

    Overview:  This presentation is an introductory lesson on integration of crop-livestock systems in the United States. The lesson includes national Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Standards, objectives, and a student project. This lesson is intended to be inquiry-based, and as such only foundational information is presented. Students are expected to take the introductory information and find specific information needed to solve the problem posed at the beginning of the presentation. It is expected that at a minimum this lesson will take three 50-minute class periods and could take longer based on teacher preferences.

    Included Resources:  Integrated Crop Livestock Systems Overview Powerpoint

    2023 Nebraska Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Learning Standards:

    AFNR.HS.12.6.d  Describe sustainable agricultural practices and how they relate to conventional agricultural practices.

    AFNR.HS.10.2.b Synthesize information, knowledge, and experience to generate original ideas and challenge assumptions in the workplace and community.

    AFNR.HS.10.2.c Apply reason and logic to evaluate workplace and community situations from multiple perspectives.

    AFNR.HS.15.2.d Identify production methods that are best suited to specific environmental conditions.

    AFNR.HS.30.1.b Evaluate wildlife habitats to identify conservation and preservation practices for natural resources and approved practices in wildlife management.

    AFNR.HS.30.2.b Summarize the impact of agriculture on natural resources through production practices, land characteristics, wildlife habitats, and ecosystems of Nebraska.

    Keywords: integrated crop-livestock systems; sustainable agriculture; secondary agriculture

    Essential Questions:

    1. What are integrated crop-livestock systems (ICLs)?
    2. What are benefits and limitations of large-scale use of ICLs?
    3. What are potential biological risks that large monocultures pose to modern agriculture?
    4. What are systemic advantages crop-livestock systems offer that intensive production systems do not?
    5. How might an integrated crop-livestock system meet a local need?
    6. What would be included on a budget for an ICL system that meets a local need?