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For Agents, 4-H Volunteers, and Teachers

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Software Requirements

Development

Funding Partners

Special Thanks

Activities

The 4-H Virtual Farm takes you on a tour of a very important industry. Find out why farming is part of your life even if you have never visited a real farm.

Meet a Producer Meet a Producer
Producers are the backbone of the farming industry. We'll meet some producers and talk with them about their work.
Virginia Agriculture Virginia Agriculture
Agriculture is a major business in Virginia. Virginia farmers produce a variety of foods that help feed people in the Commonwealth, the nation, and other parts of the world.
VR Visit VR Visit
We'll take you to the farm on a virtual reality visit. You can look up, down, turn around, and zoom in to see detail or zoom out for a broader view.
A Closer Look A Closer Look
Farming is complex. We'll take a closer look at some of the details farmers have to know to be good at their jobs.
Farm Science Farm Science
Farmers use science in most of their work. We'll find out about some of the science they use in different operations. Then we'll solve some farm-related problems ourselves.
Talk Like a Producer

Talk Like a Producer
Farmers often use a language of their own. We'll learn the definitions of the words they use in everyday conversation. This will help us talk with them and understand what they're saying.

From the Farm to You

From the Farm to You
Agriculture is the beginning of your food chain. We'll discover how your favorite foods get from the farm to your plate or lunch box.

The Blue Ribbon Challenge Blue Ribbon Challenge
After we visit the 4-H Virtual Farm, we'll be ready to find out what you learned by playing Blue Ribbon Challenge. You'll have a chance to test your knowledge and win virtual ribbons.
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For Agents, 4-H Volunteers, and Teachers

The U.S. continues to become a more urbanized society, and youth growing up today have little knowledge about farming or how food products are produced and processed. With only two percent of our population participating in agricultural production, the average American is five generations away from "firsthand" experience with farming (Smith, 1998). The objective of the 4-H Virtual Farm is to provide youth with an opportunity to learn basic agricultural concepts.

We hope this educational experience will assist you in "Making the Best Better" for the youth of Virginia as they pursue their education. In 4-H, the experience of adults guiding youth as they learn is what we are all about.

The scope of the 4-H Virtual Farm project is specifically mirrored in the Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools.

SOL Category (science) Description
3.1 Scientific investigation, reasoning, and logic Student will plan and conduct investigations in which predictions and observations are made, inferences are made, and conclusions drawn.
3.4 Life Processes Student will investigate and understand that behavioral and physical adaptations allow animals to respond to life needs including feeding, defense, and rearing young.
3.5 Living Systems Student will investigate and understand relationships among organisms in aquatic and terrestrial food chains, including trophic (predator/prey) type and level.
3.10 Resources Student will investigate and understand that natural events and human influences can affect the survival of species including human effects on environmental quality, conservation, resource/habitat management, and species monitoring.
4.1 Scientific investigation, reasoning, and logic Student will plan and conduct investigations in which distinctions are made among observations, conclusions, inferences, and predictions.
4.4 Life Processes Student will investigate and understand basic plant anatomy and life processes including structure and reproduction.
4.5 Living Systems Student will investigate and understand how plants and animals in an ecosystem interact with one another and the nonliving environment including adaptations, food web, life cycles, and human influence on ecosystems.
4.8 Resources Student will investigate and understand important Virginia natural resources including domestic animals and plants, water resources, soil, and land.
5.1 Scientific investigation, reasoning, and logic The student will plan and conduct investigations in which predictions are made using patterns.
5.5 Living Systems Student will investigate and understand that organisms, including vascular plants and vertebrates, are made of cells and have distinguishing characteristics .
6.8 Life Processes Student will investigate and understand that organisms perform life processes that are essential for the survival and perpetuation of the species including energy transfer, growth, and reproduction.
6.9 Living Systems Student will investigate and understand that organisms depend on other organisms and the nonliving components of the environment, including trophic level, food webs, and natural cycles.
6.11 Resources Student will investigate and understand public policy decisions related to the environment, including resource management, and cost/benefit tradeoffs.

 

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Contact Us

We want to hear from you. Please fill out the electronic survey and let us know what you think of the 4-H Virtual Farm. Your input will help us design future versions of the 4-H Virtual Farm.

 

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Software Requirements
4-H Virtual Farm presentations require one of the latest Internet browsers (Netscape 4.79+ or Internet Explorer 5.5+), Apple QuickTime, and Macromedia Flash.

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Development

We in 4-H are committed to providing quality educational experiences for both the youth and the adults who serve them. We hope you will find the 4-H Virtual Farm project an example of a quality educational product.

Mark Sumner Project Manager
Jane Graham Writer
Val Staples Graphic Artist/Web Developer
Jeff Mitchell Programmer
Carl Estes Flash Developer
Beth Atkins Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
Joe Hunnings Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development
Daniel Brann Extension Specialist, Grains
Phillip J. Clauer Extension Specialist, Poultry
Barry Fox 4-H Marine/Aquatic Education Specialist
Liz Rucker

Research Associate, Grains

Kathleen Stadler

Extension Specialist, Nutrition

Mark L. Wahlberg Extension Animal Scientist
David Winston Extension Dairy Scientist
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Funding Partners

4-H Virtual Farm is made possible by the support of our funding partners.

Virginia Cattle Industry Board

PO Box 9
Daleville, VA 24083
(540) 992-1992

Virginia Horse Industry Board
Virginia State Dairymen's Association
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Special Thanks

We are grateful to these individuals and their organizations for helping us visit 4-H Virtual Farm.

Col. Van T. Barfoot
Leaning Oaks Farm
William Gee
Virginia State University
Albert Reid
Virginia State University
Ms. Kathy Young's Gifted and Talented Class
Dinwiddie Middle School
Alan Graybeal
Jeremy Daubert
Virginia Tech
Brad Haga
Virginia Tech
Donna, Jimmy, Alex, and Jamie Kerr
Ameva Farm
Maggie Murphy
AgriGraphics

Neal Martin, C.J. Martin, and Dexter Payne
Brickland Enterprses Inc.

Ken Riser
Glenwood Farms

Glenn Chappell
Virginia Cooperative Extension

Courtney Price
Brandon Plantation
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