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Topic: Technology in agriculture 

Agricultural Education

 Standard 2.  Understands trends, issues, and events that have influenced agricultural practices throughout history
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands how emerging technologies (e.g., satellite technology, biotechnology, mechanical technology, computer technology, chemical technology, environmental technology) are affecting agricultural practices and their possible implications for the future
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that emerging technologies are affecting agricultural practices
     2.Understands possible implications of the effect of technology on agriculture
     3.Understands how satellite technology is affecting agricultural practices
     4.Understands how biotechnology is affecting agricultural practices
     5.Understands how mechanical technology is affecting agricultural practices
     6.Understands how computer technology is affecting agricultural practices
     7.Understands how chemical technology is affecting agricultural practices
     8.Understands how environmental technology is affecting agricultural practices
   Benchmark 2.Understands how past technologies and innovations have impacted the agricultural industry throughout history (e.g., the cotton gin, mechanized farming, the seed drill, industrial production)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Knows that past technologies have impacted the agricultural industry throughout history
     2.Knows that past innovations have impacted the agricultural industry throughout history
     3.Understands the impact of the cotton gin on the agricultural industry
     4.Understands the impact of mechanized farming on the agricultural industry
     5.Understands the impact of the seed drill on the agricultural industry
     6.Understands the impact of industrial production on the agricultural industry
   Benchmark 6.Understands the impact that innovations in transportation (e.g., railroads, ships, airplanes) have had on the agricultural industry (e.g., increased trade, expanding the distribution of products)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands that innovations in transportation have affected the agricultural industry
     2.Understands the impact of railroads on the agricultural industry
     3.Understands the impact of ships on the agricultural industry
     4.Understands the impact of airplanes on the agricultural industry
     5.Understands how innovations in transportation have increased trade
     6.Understands how innovations in transportation have expanded the distribution of products
 Standard 9.  Understands how various technologies are used in the agricultural industry
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   Benchmark 1.Understands topics of biotechnology (e.g., cloning, genetic engineering, medicine, vaccine and enzyme manufacturing)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands topics of biotechnology, such as cloning
     2.Understands topics of biotechnology, such as genetic engineering
     3.Understands topics of biotechnology, such as medicine
     4.Understands topics of biotechnology, such as vaccine manufacturing
   Benchmark 2.Understands how biotechnology is used in the agricultural industry (e.g., disease prevention and treatment, protecting plants from insects, improving fermentation systems, developing low calorie foods and food substitutes, plant propagation through tissue cultures, producing plant hybrids, using growth stimulants in livestock, artificial insemination)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how biotechnology is used to prevent and treat disease
     2.Understands how biotechnology is used to protect plants from insects
     3.Understands how biotechnology is used to improve fermentation systems
     4.Understands how biotechnology is used to develop low calorie foods and food substitutes
     5.Understands how biotechnology is used to propagate plants through tissue cultures
     6.Understands how biotechnology is used to produce plant hybrids
     7.Understands how biotechnology is used to produce growth stimulants for livestock
     8.Understands how biotechnology is used in the process of artificial insemination
   Benchmark 3.Understands how chemical technology is used in the agricultural industry (e.g., processing food, use in fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide application, use in regulating plant growth)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how chemical technology is used to process foods
     2.Understands how chemical technology is used in fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide application
     3.Understands how chemical technology is used to regulate plant growth
   Benchmark 4.Understands the techniques used in hydroponics and other forms of aquaculture (e.g., site preparation, water analysis, product development, feeding, harvesting)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands techniques used in aquaculture
     2.Understands the concept hydroponics
     3.Understands site preparation techniques in aquaculture
     4.Understands water analysis techniques in aquaculture
     5.Understands product development techniques in aquaculture
     6.Understands feeding techniques in aquaculture
     7.Understands harvesting techniques in aquaculture
   Benchmark 5.Understands how mechanical and electrical technology is used in the agricultural industry (e.g., engine mechanics, watering systems, control systems, radio monitoring devices, farm machinery Global Positioning Systems)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how mechanical technology is used in the agricultural industry
     2.Understands how electrical technology is used in the agricultural industry
     3.Understands how mechanical and electrical technology is used in engine mechanics
     4.Understands how mechanical and electrical technology is used in watering systems
     5.Understands how mechanical and electrical technology is used in control systems
     6.Understands how mechanical and electrical technology is used in radio monitoring devices
     7.Understands how mechanical and electrical technology is used in GPS for farm machinery
   Benchmark 6.Understands how environmental technology is used in the agricultural industry (e.g., recycling of wood, plastics, paper, metal, and glass; production of ethanol and other biofuels; construction of soil erosion structures; artificial reforestation)
    Knowledge/skill statements
     1.Understands how environmental technology is used in the recycling of wood, plastics, paper, metal, and glass
     2.Understands how environmental technology is used in the production of ethanol and other biofuels
     3.Understands how environmental technology is used in the construction of soil erosion structures
     4.Understands how environmental technology is used in artificial reforestation