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Agronomy group releases YouTube series on food production

Series of four videos demonstrate different aspects of agronomy.

Two Brigham Young University-Idaho professors have made a set of videos about agronomy. 

The series of four videos, “Agronomy Feeds the World,” is now available on YouTube. Each short video – each is less than 3 minutes in length - was produced and funded by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). The four videos are all themed to demonstrate different aspects of agronomy. The professors behind the videos are Nels Hansen and Christian Malwam.

“Most people understand food has its beginnings on farms,” says Hansen. “But they remain unaware of the science of agronomy and how those engaged in it have worked to align food production with population growth.”

“We wanted to use video to show how agronomists work for a healthy and sustainable standard of food production,” says Hansen, who is also a member of ASA.

“We knew that the public was very interested about food and gardening topics based on research,” says Susan Fisk, director of science communications for ASA. “They were eager for ASA to provide information about certain topics like water management and soil compaction. I’m glad Nels was interested in doing the project, and he and Christian did a great job.” 

The videos are available for viewing on ASA’s YouTube channel. Each video starts with families and individuals in familiar places: their kitchens prepping food, at the grocery store and farmers’ market buying food, and working in their home gardens. Then the videos show agronomists and growers in the fields managing their production techniques. Each video also includes, on screen, a short definition of agronomists: “Experts in soil and crop management.”

“It’s our hope that the videos will pique interest and guide people to ask more questions of agronomists,” says Hansen.

Source: American Society of Agronomy

 

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