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					              Environmental Stewardship
                    AGRICULTURE
                    AGRICULTURE
                                     &
                                     &
           Caring for the Earth
         Every Day of Every Year
        GA Ag Ed Curriculum Office
        To accompany Georgia Agriculture Education Curriculum Lesson
        July 2002


August 2008
    G  L  O  B  A  L
    G  L  O  B  A  L     Global 
                        Warming
   AWARENESS
                       Toxic Waste




                        Pollution
August 2008
              T h e   E n v i r o n m e n t  &
              T h e   E n v i r o n m e n t  &
     A G R I C U L T U R E
                                    Relying on
                                     Relying on
         Those in agriculture       the Land &
                                    the Land &
                                      Water
                                       Water
       have more invested in
      Earth’s resources than
        any other industry in
                   the world.        Protecting
                                     Protecting
                                    their Future
                                    their Future
August 2008
     A G R I C U L T U R E
              P r e s e r v i n g  O u r  F u t u r e


                     âConserve Soil
              F e e d  I n g  T h e  W o r l d
                        âProtect Water
                        âReduce Chemicals
                        âProtect Wildlife
August 2008
                  S t e w a r d s   O f
                  S t e w a r d s   O f
              T H E  L A N D


        Today’s farmers are truly stewards of the land and
       demonstrate this by adopting more environmentally
         sound methods of farming that reduce the risks
        involved with planting and harvesting the world’s
                         food and fiber.

August 2008
              E N V I R O N M E N T A L
                  H A Z  A R D S

                 WILDLIFE 
                 WILDLIFE       WATER 
                                 WATER 
              ENDANGERMENT
              ENDANGERMENT   CONTAMINATION
                             CONTAMINATION




              SOIL EROSION    INEFFICIENT 
                               INEFFICIENT 
              SOIL EROSION
                             CHEMICAL USE
                             CHEMICAL USE


August 2008
                              1
   Environmental   Biotechnology
                   Biotechnology
 SOLUTIONS
 SOLUTIONS         èLand Conservation
                   èDecreased Soil Erosion
                   èImprove Water Quality
                   èEfficient Chemical Use


August 2008
                               2
                            IPM
                            IPM
                   ((IntegratedPest Management)
                    Integrated Pest Management)


   Environmental   èPreserving the Land
 SOLUTIONS         èEfficient Pest Control
 SOLUTIONS
                   èImproving Soil 
                   èMilder Chemicals 
                   èBiological Integrity

August 2008
                                 3
   Environmental
   Environmental   Global Positioning Satellite
                   §Variable-Rate Fertilizer
SOLUTIONS
SOLUTIONS          §Variable-Rate Spraying
                   èTargets Inputs
                   èImproves Efficiency
                   èSustains the Land


August 2008
   Environmental
   Environmental
 SOLUTIONS
 SOLUTIONS                        4
                        Sustainable 
                        Sustainable 
                         Farming
                         Farming
                   èPreserves the Land for 
                     the Future
                   èIdentifies Potential 
                     Environmental Hazards
                   èPromotes Environmental 
                     Accountability
August 2008
                SUSTAINABLE
                SUSTAINABLE
              FARMING METHODS
              FARMING METHODS
              âConservation Tillage
                 Improves Soil Quality and
              Productivity

              âConservation Buffers
                 Reduces Runoff, Protects Water

              âCover Crops
                 Reduces Soil Erosion

              âWildlife Refuge
                Provides food & shelter for native wildlife

August 2008
    Preserving Our Future
    Preserving Our Future
     è 31.4 million acres of farmland in government
       conservation programs
     è Farmers to install 2 million miles of conservation
       buffers
     è 109 million acres of cropland using reduced
       tilling methods
     è 90% reduction in soil erosion
     è Farmers provide food & habitat for 75% of nation’s
                                              %

       wildlife
     è Today’s farmer feeds 129 people, as compared to
       25 people in 1960

August 2008
                     As a producer of food and fiber,
                     As a producer of food and fiber,
   A Farmer's
   A Farmer's                  I pledge to:
                               I pledge to:

   Environmental
   Environmental   • Conserve and improve our soil resources,
                      onserve and improve our soil resources,
                     leaving the land II farm productive and in good
                     leaving the land farm productive and in good
   Creed
   Creed             health for the benefit of future generations.
                     health for the benefit of future generations.

                   • Protect the quality and supply of our water
                      rotect the quality and supply of our water
                     resources, always mindful of those who live
                     resources, always mindful of those who live
                     down stream.
                     down stream.

                   • Respect the diversity of nature and recognize
                      espect the diversity of nature and recognize
                     my responsibility to provide habitat for animals
                     my responsibility to provide habitat for animals
                     and native plants whenever possible.
                     and native plants whenever possible.

                   • Responsibly use fertilizers, crop protection
                      esponsibly use fertilizers, crop protection
                     and animal health products, never using more
                     and animal health products, never using more
                     than needed and always applying with care.
                     than needed and always applying with care.

                   • Help others in my community protect natural
                      elp others in my community protect natural
                     resources on their own farms.
                     resources on their own farms.
August 2008                                  
          E  A  R  T  H    F  R I  E  N  D  L  Y
          E  A  R  T  H    F  R I  E  N  D  L  Y
              A G R I C U L T U R E
              A G R I C U L T U R E
       â Agriculture has more invested in Earth’s
       â Agriculture has more invested in Earth’s
              resources than any other industry in the
              resources than any other industry in the
              world.
              world.
       â New technology allows farmers to
       â New technology allows farmers to
              conserve the soil, protect water, reduce
              conserve the soil, protect water, reduce
              chemical use and protect wildlife.
              chemical use and protect wildlife.
       â Agriculture commemorates the Earth and
       â Agriculture commemorates the Earth and
              its resources every day of the year
               its resources every day of the year

August 2008
        Environmental Stewardship
                    &
                    &
              AGRICULTURE
              AGRICULTURE
           Caring for the Earth
         Every Day of Every Year

August 2008

				
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