Agricultural Science - Extended Interviews

In Extended Interviews Agricultural Science, seven leading experts comment on the history of the agricultural revolutions leading up to the amazing changes that are occurring from endless fields of corn and soybeans covering the Midwest, to wheat fields in the Great Plains, to the expansive rice patties of Asia, to the lush green mountains of coffee plantations in Central America, and to the abundant vegetable and fruit farms in California’s Central Valley. These changes do not just happen. It is a story of stunning agricultural science development using big data, smart agriculture, and mathematical models that focus on improving crops and agricultural productivity while effectively managing water, fertilizers, fuel, soils, crop breeding and pest and weed control.
David Lanegran, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:27:00

Dr. Lanegran begins his historical overview of agriculture by describing some of the theories of its origin. He then moves on to accounts of the first agricultural revolution, the second agricultural pollution and finally the third agricultural revolution. He then discusses how agricultural information is passed on during agriculture’s long history. He concludes with his far-reaching views on global food security

Lee Sommers, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:26:00

Dr. Sommers begins by describing long and interesting piece of American history that involves bringing science into agricultural production by the US government through land-grant colleges and university agricultural experimental stations. He then provides an overview of the 150 year story of mechanization of agriculture. Next he takes up how computers, machine learning and big data are driving the next agricultural revolution and he concludes with how agribusiness, smart agriculture and university research are partnering to tackling the problems of agricultural sustainability

Raj Khosla, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:27:00

Dr. Khosla begins with some definitions and basic principles of precision and smart agriculture. He then proceeds to discuss how machine learning, genetic engineering and robotics are transforming agriculture. Next he talks about farmer acceptance of precision agriculture and how smart and precision agriculture innovations are communicated to the farmer.Dr. Khosla concludes with how precision and smart agriculture are the best hope for food security and feeding the 7 billion+ people on the planet

Ermias Kebreab, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:29:00

Dr. Kebreab begins by laying out the important principles of sustainable agriculture. He then comments on the role of organic farming and agricultural sustainability. He then proceeds to describe how precision agriculture can be applied to livestock and how mathematical models are used in the process. From there he gives us his understanding of the importance of the study of global food systems. He concludes by telling us a little bit about his own research

Shalamar Armstrong, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:27:00

Dr. Armstrong begins with an overview and history of soil science and soil conservation. He then provides a detailed scientific look at soil structure followed by the latest discoveries concerning soil fertility. He then takes up the exciting field of cover crops and concludes with how new understandings in soil management are critical in feeding the world’s growing population

Zahangir Kabir, Ph.DRunning Time: 0:16:00

Dr. Kabir begins by describing the soil research going on at Russell Ranch. He then goes on to describe best soil conservation principles and follows it with the breakthrough understanding the soil is a living system. He concludes by showing us how they take soil samples

Jason AdamsRunning Time: 0:08:00

Jason Adams, facility manager took us on a tour of the facility. He began by walking us to the fixed wing aircraft that gather’s phenotype data in the agricultural field and told us how the information from their field data-gathering equipment is processed . Next he told us how phenotyping and big data are going to revolutionize agriculture. Then he showed us the drones they use for gathering phenotype data and finally describe the large phenol rover that moves through the fields as it gathers data

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Video Programs7
SubjectsScience, Biology, Chemistry, Economics
Supplemental Files0
Released2017
Produced By Ambrose Video Publishing Inc./Centre Communications
Copyright ©2017 Ambrose Video Publishing Inc.
Grade Levels10th Grade through Post Secondary