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Topic: Agriculture and the environment 

Agricultural Education

 Standard 1.  Understands the connections between agriculture and society
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Understands the interrelationship of agriculture with the environment and natural resources (e.g., how agriculture affects the quality/availability of soil, air, and energy resources; how climate, weather, and availability of resources affects agriculture)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that agriculture and the environment are interrelated
     2.Knows that agriculture and natural resources are interrelated
     3.Understands how agriculture affects the quality/availability of soil, air, and energy resources
     4.Understands how climate, weather, and availability of resources affects agriculture
 Standard 2.  Understands trends, issues, and events that have influenced agricultural practices throughout history
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Understands how concerns surrounding environmental issues (e.g., conservation of natural resources, pollution, global warming) have impacted the agricultural industry
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that concerns regarding the environment have impacted the agricultural industry
     2.Understands how concerns regarding the conservation of natural resources have impacted the agricultural industry
     3.Understands how concerns regarding pollution have impacted the agricultural industry
     4.Understands how concerns regarding global warming have impacted the agricultural industry
 Standard 8.  Understands basic principles of ecology
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 3.Understands how agricultural practices affect ecosystems (e.g., affect on the natural resource supply, introduction of pollutants, alteration of habitat)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how agricultural practices affect on the natural resource supply
     2.Understands how agricultural practices introduce pollutants into ecosystems
     3.Understands how agricultural practices alter habitats
   Benchmark 4.Understands how the environment (e.g., weather, availability of resources, climate) affects agriculture
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how the weather affects agriculture
     2.Understands how resource availability affects agriculture
     3.Understands how the climate affects agriculture