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Issues in Sustainable Agriculture: Plastics in Agriculture
CSS/HORT 199: Issues in Sustainable Agriculture: Winter Term 2012
Plastics in Agriculture
The theme of the series during winter quarter 2013 is “Plastics in Agriculture”. It will provide class participants with an overview of what plastics are, their importance in both organic and conventional farming, marketing of agricultural products, and some of environmental problems associated with use of plastics in agriculture. Speakers include OSU scientists, growers and others who are dealing with plastics “on the ground.”
Requirements for Credit
Accumulate at least 70 out of 100 points for Passing Grade Determined as Follows:
1. Attend Seminars (Total of 10 points, 1 point per each of 10 weeks). Attendance taken each week)
NOTE: No more than one seminar can be missed without special permission or you will get a NO PASS for the course. If a student is not able to attend a seminar, they may view it online after a few days.
2. Take Quizzes online on Blackboard (Total of 50 points, 5 points per quiz on each of 10 seminars). Quizzes taken on-line between Friday and Wednesday after seminar
3. Submit Web or Print Article Short Reviews (Total of 40 points, spread over 3 reviews). These area short, 300 word reviews, of web or print articles submitted electronically by class time on the 3rd, 6th, and 9th weeks of class. The articles will be supplied online.
Expertise Area: Agroecology
Office: US EPA
200 SW 35th St.
Corvallis, Oregon 97333
EPA web page: http://wedcor.cor.epa.gov/pages/staff/olszyk.htm
Department Head, Crop and Soil Science, Expertise Area: Cereal grain agronomy
Office: Crop Science Building 131A
LIST OF SEMINARS
|1||January 9||Dr. Skip Rochefort, Dept. of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University||What is Plastic?|
|2||January 16||Phil Hamm, Director of Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Oregon State University||Plastics in Agricultural Pest Control|
|3||January 23||Rich Regan, Dept. of Horticulture, Oregon State University||Plastics in Horticultural Cropping Systems|
|4||January 30||Craig Nelson, Nelson, V.P. for Engineering Nelson Irrigation|
Dr. J. Antonio Torres, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, Oregon State University
|Plastics in Food Packaging|
|6||February 13||Allen Jongsma, Agri Plas Inc.||Recycling Efforts for Agricultural Plastics|
|7||February 20||Mark Ingman, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality||Plasticulture, People, and the Planet|
|8||February 27||Richard Wilen, Grower||Plastics in Organic Production|
|9||March 6||Dr. Skip Rochefort, Dept. of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University||Are there Plastics in our Future?|
|10||March 13||Corvallis City Councilor Biff Traber and Kris De Jong, Public Works Administrative Division Manager||The Politics of Plastics|