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Discovering FARMLAND

The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® and Discovery Education have partnered on an exciting new initiative to engage urban youth with a first-hand glimpse into modern agriculture. Using the award-winning documentary, "FARMLAND, a film by James Moll," as a foundation, this new initiative will inspire students using an innovative, multi-modal curriculum that brings to life critical issues impacting the agriculture industry, such as sustainability, the new science behind farming, and entrepreneurship. "FARMLAND, a film by James Moll" is available for viewing in its entirety on Netflix.

There are 3 main resources on the Discovering Farmland website ( They are as follows:

 Lesson Plans

  • Engage students with a first-hand glimpse into agriculture using lessons and activities that bring to life critical issues such as sustainability, the new science behind farming, and entrepreneurship. Designed for grades 9 through 12, the downloadable lesson plans are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and agribusiness standards under the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc). Companion activities are provided to extend the impact of the program's customized lesson plans.
  • Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. “FARMLAND, a film by James Moll" takes an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their twenties, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business. Learn about their high-risk/high-reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve.

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