The history of the food and agriculture industry and how it impacts our
lives and our health.
Students will do an extensive research project on the history
of the farming industry and its impact on our culture, our lives and our
health. Their report should answer the following questions or areas:
how the farming industry in Ohio has changed over time.
farming/agriculture an industry that brought people to Ohio? Explain.
differences has technology made for farming?
who has typically farmed throughout Ohio’s history.
where farming occurs. What are the agricultural regions in Ohio?
Make a timeline to present your
findings for a-d.
how the farming industry has affected cultural practices of people who
have come to Ohio.
Ohio has a lot of
migrant labor. Discuss migrant labor and its affect on cultural practices
people come to Ohio specifically for opportunities in agriculture?
do non-farming families participate in farm culture? (ex. State/county
why land in Ohio is good for farming.
is the climate?
is the land/soil good for farming?
is grown or raised in Ohio?
the impact of farming on the physical environment.
you think less people farm to today than in the past?
does farming remain an important part of our lives?
role does farm life play in the value system of people in Ohio?
*This assignment is
very time consuming.If you do not have
the time to complete the assignment in its entirety, use the following
suggestions to simplify it.
1. Break the students into groups of seven students and have
them work as a team. Each student in the group can answer one question. They
can combine their research into a presentation. A written paper would be
2. Break the students into seven different groups and assign
a different research question to each group. The group can then present to the
entire class and share what they learned. Again, the written paper would be
3. Have the students interview someone in agriculture to
briefly answer the seven questions.They
can write down the answers they receive and share them with the class rather
than write a report.