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GEORGIA AGRICULTURE: The Science of Life. By: Donald Gilman Worth County Middle School Sylvester, GA Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office May 2004.

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georgia agriculture the science of life

GEORGIA AGRICULTURE:The Science of Life

By: Donald Gilman

Worth County Middle School

Sylvester, GA

Georgia Agricultural Education Curriculum Office

May 2004

what makes georgia agriculture unique
When you look outside of the traditional role of agriculture (farming),you will find that Georgia Agriculture impacts our daily activities in a large way thru:

Economics

Careers

Environment

Technology

Science

What makes Georgia Agriculture unique?
economics
Economics
  • Agriculture is the #1 industry in the state of Georgia.
  • The total annual contribution to our state’s economy is $57 billion.
  • About 16% of the state’s total economic output is from agriculture.
  • According to the most current Census,______

County had_____ sales of agriculture products.

careers
Careers
  • One in six Georgians works in agriculture,forestry,or an ag related field.
  • Almost half of the state’s manufacturing jobs are in agribusiness.
  • Farm and Forestry production sectors represent over 85,000jobs and contributes $7 billon in output.
careers continued
Careers Continued
  • Food Service industry is responsible for 212,000 jobs and $6.1 billon of output.
  • Food and fiber processing sector provides 170,000 jobs for Georgians and contributes $31 billion of economic output.
  • THE BOTTOM LINE IS AGRICULTURE IS $$$$$ TO GEORGIA !
environment
Environment
  • Farmers were the first environmentalist.
  • Protecting natural resources are foremost in agricultural community.
  • Agricultural researchers are constantly working to find ways to conserve and protect water.
  • In the political and legal issues concerning river water usage, agricultural groups are leading the way in conserving this resource.
environment continued
Environment continued
  • Agriculture researchers continually work on developing plants that require less assistance from herbicides and pesticides.
  • Improvements in production methods have greatly reduced erosion and have helped to protect our top soil.
  • All of these factors in combination have put the agricultural sector at the fore front of protecting our environment.
technology
Technology
  • Georgia is the place where technology and resources converge to create a climate conducive to new ideas and innovations.
  • Through our land grant universities and vocational training facilities, agricultural research has helped develop new technologies.
technology continued
Technology continued
  • Present experiments with global positioning satellites and on-board computers are proving beneficial as to providing the right amount of materials being applied to crops such as water and fertilizers.
  • This same technology can be applied to chemical applications to reduce run off.
science
Science
  • Biotechnology research and development in Georgia continues to lead the nation.
  • Agriculture R&D in Georgia has become nationally known for developing; more productive crops; better grasses for grazing, golf courses and athletic fields; environmental protection measures; animal cloning techniques and superior food products.
science continued
Science continued
  • For every $1 spent on Agricultural R&D in the past 50 years, it has paid back $8 in terms of a more safer affordable food supply.
  • Georgians and Americans enjoy the the most affordable food supply of the entire world community spending just 10.9% of their income on food.
summary
Summary
  • Georgia Agriculture is the science of life:It touches many aspects of our lives.
  • Agriculture in Georgia has a rich heritage in research and development.
  • Georgians can enjoy many of the benefits that our agricultural base provides such as a strong economic contribution,plentiful careers,good environment,technological and scientific advancements that gives us a daily connection to the “science of life”.
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