Virtual farming lessons to educate crops of students


School kids can now be virtual farmers.

Thanks to a new partnership between the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance and Discovery Education, students will be able to learn about modern agriculture and how it is linked to science, technology, sustainability and entrepreneurship, according to an announcement Monday.

The interactive video and corresponding lesson plans, which will be housed in Discovery Education’s digital library of school resources, tackles issues like innovative use of technology on farms; challenges farmers face, like inclement weather and growing conditions; and market supply and demand.

James Moll, who won an Academy Award for a documentary on the lives of five Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, directed and produced the film, which is dubbed Farmland.

“Before making this film I had never even stepped foot on a farm, and that seems to be the case for more and more Americans,” said Moll in a statement. “So I’m thrilled that ‘Farmland’ is reaching a whole new level together with Discovery Education.”

Nancy Kavazanjian, chairwoman of USFRA, said students who are not familiar with agriculture and farming life will have easy access to a new world.

“The expansion of the film’s distribution to high school teachers and students across the country will continue to give more people the opportunity to better connect with their food and farmers and ranchers,” she said in a statement. “Through this film and interactive lesson plans, students will be able to learn about the science, technology and focus on sustainability that goes into today’s farming and ranching practices.”

The movie can be downloaded at and is available on Netflix,, and other select retail outlets and digital download platforms.

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