TO:      Missouri Envirothon Teams

 

Date:   May 2, 2019

 

Subject:  State Oral Presentation Problem

 

Greetings:

 

The “Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World” oral component will account for 16.6% of the total score for the 2019 event.  It is required that all teams participate in the oral component.

 

A reminder:  Oral presentation materials will be turned in at the Registration area and will be taken to the oral presentation area for the teams.

 

The 2019 Missouri Envirothon will be held at the Lincoln University Carver Farm at 3804 Bald Hill Road in Jefferson City (573-681-5540).

US Highway 50 (east or west)

-Turn south on Eastland Drive (on the east side of Jefferson City).  If you are coming from the west (Sedalia) you will turn right, from the east (Linn) you will turn left.

-Continue south on Eastland Drive (you will pass several banks, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut) to the four-way stop at Bald Hill Road.

-Turn left onto Bald Hill Road.  The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.

 US Highway 63 (coming from the north/Columbia)

NOTE US-63 S joins with US-54 W before crossing the Missouri River until you reach the intersection where US-63 S then joins with US-50 E.

-If coming from the north, stay on 63 S until you have passed this intersection and are on US-50 E/US-63 S.

-Turn south (right) on Eastland Drive (on the east side of Jefferson City).

-Continue south on Eastland Drive (you will pass several banks, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut) to the four-way stop at Bald Hill Road.

-Turn left onto Bald Hill Road.  The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.

From US Highway 63 (coming from the south/Rolla)

-Turn south (left) on Eastland Drive (on the east side of Jefferson City).

-Continue south on Eastland Drive (you will pass several banks, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut) to the four-way stop at Bald Hill Road.

-Turn left onto Bald Hill Road.  The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.

US Highway 54 (coming from the east/Mexico):

            -Take the US-50 E/US-50 W/US-63 S exit and bear left onto the US-50 E/US-63 S ramp.

            -Continue on US-50 E/US-63 S until you reach Eastland Drive.

-Turn south (right) on Eastland Drive (on the east side of Jefferson City).

-Continue south on Eastland Drive (you will pass several banks, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut) to the four-way stop at Bald Hill Road.

-Turn left onto Bald Hill Road.  The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.

 US Highway 54 (coming from the west/Eldon):

            -Take the Ellis Blvd exit and turn right onto Ellis Boulevard

-Continue on Ellis Boulevard (NOTE - the name of the road changes to Seven Hills Road after you cross Greenberry Road) until the four-way stop at Bald Hills Road

            -Turn right at the four-way stop onto Bald Hills Road

            -The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.

  

 

 

 

Missouri Envirothon 2019

 

Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World

 

·         Each team has ten (10) minutes to present their “solution” to the problem statement.

·         The judging panel has five (5) minutes to question the team on aspects of their presentation.

·         All team members must participate in the presentation and verbally deliver some portion of the disclosure.

·    Each team will be required to have a minimum of one or a maximum of two pieces of standard 22 x 28 inch poster board (no foam board or display board) for the visual aid. Photos, charts, text with graphics, pull-outs and/or layer-ups may be used as long as they are attached to the poster in some way, not an extra hand-out. Both sides of the poster board can be used; however the poster board cannot be connected into one big poster. If the visual aid is too large, it may not be used in the presentation.

 

 

Oral Judges Score Sheet

Coach Directions

 

 

Judges Note Sheet

Student Directions

 

 

State Competition Agenda

Photo Release/Consent Form –

Get from Regional Envirothon

 

 

Hotel Information

State Registration Form

 

 

 

 

2019 Missouri Envirothon

Oral Presentation Question

 

How many people will need to be fed by the year 2050?  According to many articles that number is approximately 9 billion.  In order to meet this need our farming systems approach will look different.  One of the primary concerns for the agricultural industry is how will farmers be able to grow enough food to feed this growing population, while also protecting our natural resources such as soil, water, air, wildlife, and plants.  Precision agriculture is changing agriculture, and providing opportunities to reduce the impact of agriculture on the environment.   Precision agriculture is based on systems approach for farm management.  To increase profitability, the system should be optimized for both economic and environmental benefits and take into consideration the social impacts it will cause. 

The Clark Brothers, owners of the 89 acre farm pictured below would like to incorporate more technology/precision agriculture into their current farming system.  While introducing new technologies please consider the following:

-          Maintaining Profitability

-          Improving Soil Health

-          Maintaining and Improving Water Quality

-          Improving Wildlife Habitat

Precision agriculture provides the opportunity to more effectively use fertilizers, pesticides, tillage and irrigation water, which can lead to greater crop yield and (or) quality and reduced impacts on the environment.  When using precision farming it is important to determine both its positive and negative aspects.

Expectations:

The Clark Brothers have hired you to give them a Best Management Practice Plan that works to incorporate their considerations from above.  When preparing your plan you might want to keep the following things in mind:

·         What are the technologies that you recommend?

·         Why did you choose these specific technologies?

·         What are the costs of the technology that you recommend to the Clark Brothers?  How long will it take for the technology to pay for itself? Does the benefit to the environment outweigh the financial cost to the farmers?

·         How will your technology make the farm more sustainable?

·         What, if any, financial incentives are available to the Clark Brothers to help purchase the technologies you have suggested?

 

The figure above shows crop yields for five years of crop production, corn in years 1, 3, and 5, and soybean in years 2 and 4. Notice the relative yield patterns for the five years changed from year to year, and between the different crops. It is clear there are quantifiable factors affecting yield that can be managed using precision agriculture technologies.

References can be found at:

·         Precision Agriculture: An Introduction – MU Extension Guide WQ 450 - https://extension2.missouri.edu/wq450

·         Development of a conservation-oriented precision agriculture system: Water and soil quality assessment - http://extension.missouri.edu/sare/documents/SoilWaterQualityField2012%201.pdf

·         Development of a conservation-oriented precision agriculture system: Crop production assessment and plan implementation - http://extension.missouri.edu/sare/documents/FiinalPASII2012.pdf

·         Getting Started With Drones In Agriculture – University of Nebraska Publication G2296 - http://extensionpubs.unl.edu/publication/9000019610474/getting-started-with-drones-in-agriculture-g2296/