The materials on this page are an interactive lab designed to introduce students (high school level) to pig farming and the connections between management decisions and the greenhouse gas emissions. It also includes information on the economic implications of those decisions. Background information and activities are provided in a graphical (visual) format. Part one can be a stand-alone activity or prepare students for part two.
You can download each of the files individually using the links below or download the entire lab (134 pages - PDF format). The information contains references to Arkansas agriculture and swine production in some areas, but the information is still applicable in other states.
This one page (PDF format) fact sheet (including a fun short quiz) can be utilized as part of this lab or as a stand-alone handout to stimulate discussion. Download factsheet
This section includes five files that introduce the basic concepts of greenhouse gases, swine production systems, and glossary of swine production terms. This activity utilizes both text and graphical presentation of concepts and emphasizes information comprehension. Download Part One
*The FMOG also doubles as a scenario key for the completion of Part 2.
This section provides more in-depth information on swine production systems and greenhouse gases. It provides insight into management obstacles faced by pig farmers in balancing carbon footprints, available resources, producer goals, and legal compliance. This critical-thinking activity is meant to be completed in small groups. Download Part Two
Authors: Rick Fields and Karl Vandevender, University of Arkansas. For questions about these materials, contact Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org
This information is part of the program “Integrated Resource Management Tool to Mitigate the Carbon Footprint of Swine Produced In the U.S.,” and is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2011-68002-30208 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Project website: http://www.extension.org/71201.