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Fall 2012

Agriculture Courses:

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AGR190 - Western New York Agriculture
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Introduces the diversity of Agriculture in WNY, its economic impact in the region, and the challenges and changes that need to take place to feed the world’s growing population. Topics include: agronomy, bioengineering, integrated pest management, environmental issues, technologies, animal care, production systems, organic farming, labor issues, and economics. Half of the classes will be on farm field trip exercises to develop an understanding of the importance and scope of the agriculture industry. Prerequisite: Completion of Genesee Community College reading requirement. Lecture: 2 class hours Laboratory: 2 hours

Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course as documented through writing, objective testing, case studies, laboratory practice, and/or classroom discussion, the student will be able to:

1.* Identify and discuss the role of agriculture in western New York's economy and employment.
2.Define and give examples of basic agronomy for wheat, corn, soybeans and hay and differences in production systems for each crop.
3.Discuss the role of technology including biotechnology and global positioning systems in modern farming.
4.Identify and explain the requirements of animal care in relation to food production.
5.Identify and explain at least four aspects of integrated pest management.
6.List at least five practices that organic operations must comply with.
7.Describe conservation planning and the modern farm
8.Identify and describe at least three best management practices

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.




Content Outline:
1. Western New York Agriculture
2. Basic Agronomy for field crops: wheat, corn, soybeans, hay. Bio engineering/ hybrids
3. Biology of the cow
4. Milking cycle, herd care, nutrition Field Trip to 2 dairy farms
5. Environmental issues, Ag Best Management Practices, soils, manure management & nutrient cycles Field Trip to a Dairy Farm
6. Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide safety Field Trip to a field close to the College
7. Muck soils and vegetable production Field Trip to the muck
8. Fruit Production, high density plantings Field Trip Orleans County
9. Animal well-being, cow comfort & care
10. Grazing and Livestock
11. Calf and heifer management, technologies, feeding, AI beading Field Trip a veal and heifer raising facility
12. Organic Farming the beef industry and animal welfare
13. Farm Economics / Grain & Milk Marketing
14. Agriculture technologies and equipment
15. Labor issues
16. Capstone project




Effective Term: Fall 2011