Module 1: Ag Energy Basics

Learning Module Information

  • Estimated Lecture Hours: 2
  • Format: PowerPoint

 Learning Objectives

  • Identify the main issues of energy use in American agriculture, for sale and explain the correlation between energy inputs and agricultural prices (farmer costs and food prices).
  • Distinguish between direct and indirect energy use in agriculture and give examples of each.
  • Cite four benefits of energy conservation and renewable energy for agriculture (securing profits, improving processes, increasing productivity, and protecting natural resources vital for agriculture).
  • Discuss major environmental consequences of fossil fuel use and distinguish particular effects that pollution has on agricultural resources.
  • Identify the main sources of energy production today and critique their limits/reserves.
  • List five renewable energy sources (biofuels, wind, solar, geothermal and hydro) and give examples of agricultural applications for each.

Topics Covered

  • American agriculture
  • Food Prices and farmer cost
  • Benefits of energy conservation and renewable energy
  • Process improvement
  • Fossil fuel and environmental consequences
  • Energy production limitations and reserves
  • Viability Assessment
  • Agricultural applications of renewable energy
  • Summary


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  • CCRA.W.8
  • CCRA.W.9

LifeKnowledge and Cluster Skills Content Standards

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  • CS.09
  • NRS.01
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  • RST.11-12.10
  • RST.11-12.2
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