Exploring Agriscience, fourth edition, is a middle school text for students in agricultural education programs who are enrolled in their first agriculture or agriscience class. Contents center on an exploration of agricultural industry as well as an explanation of how science concepts are used in agriculture. Topics covered include the history of agriculture; soils; plant structures; entomology; floriculture; nursery and landscaping; fruit and nuts; row crops; forestry; the environment; organic agriculture; animal science (including dairy and poultry); aquaculture; companion animals; ethics; biofuels; biotechnology; careers; agricultural mechanics; food science; and agricultural education programs. The text is illustrated with full color images that help clarify text material. Each chapter contains an insert that provides a description of an FFA-sponsored event that relates directly to the chapter topic. Each chapter contains student learning activities that help students relate the text concepts to real life. In addition, each chapter ends with True/False, Multiple Choice and discussion questions to help evaluate student learning. An extensive teaching/learning package for the text is available. This package includes an instructor's guide, a lab manual, lab manual instructor's guide, lab manual CD-ROM, ClassMaster CD-ROM and Classroom Interactivity CD-ROM.
Ray V. Herren has been actively involved in agriculture for most of his life. Ray grew up on a diversified farm where he played a major role in the production of livestock. He obtained a BS in Agricultural Education from Auburn University, a Masters in Agribusiness Education from Alabama A & M, and a Doctorate in Vocational Education (emphasis in Agricultural Education) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is currently the head of the Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens.