# CTE Resource Center - Verso - Agricultural Production Technology Task 869088628

CTE Resource Center - Verso

Virginia’s CTE Resource Center

Examine best management practices for improving soil health.


Examination should include
  • the current state of the soil (e.g., organic matter, macronutrient and micronutrient availability)
  • the planned use of the soil
  • soil management practices (e.g., no-till farming, conservation tillage, crop rotation, cover cropping, mulching, grassed waterways, buffer strips).
Teacher resource: Agriculture: Programs, Best Management Practices and Topics of Interest, EPA

Process/Skill Questions

  • What is organic matter?
  • What effect does organic matter have the physical and chemical properties of soil?
  • What soil conservation practices can producers utilize to prevent soil degradation and build organic matter?
  • What are the environmental costs to not using best management practices for a given area?
  • Why is no-till farming recommended by soil scientists as a best practice?
  • Why is rotational grazing recommended for increasing soil health?

Related Standards of Learning



The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate nonfiction texts.
  1. Analyze text features and organizational patterns to evaluate the meaning of texts.
  2. Recognize an author’s intended audience and purpose for writing.
  3. Skim materials to develop an overview and locate information.
  4. Compare and contrast informational texts for intent and content.
  5. Interpret and use data and information in maps, charts, graphs, timelines, tables, and diagrams.
  6. Draw conclusions and make inferences on explicit and implied information using textual support as evidence.
  7. Analyze and synthesize information in order to solve problems, answer questions, and generate new knowledge.
  8. Analyze ideas within and between selections providing textual evidence.
  9. Summarize, paraphrase, and synthesize ideas, while maintaining meaning and a logical sequence of events, within and between texts.
  10. Use reading strategies throughout the reading process to monitor comprehension.


The student will read, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a variety of nonfiction texts including employment documents and technical writing.
  1. Apply information from texts to clarify understanding of concepts.
  2. Read and correctly interpret an application for employment, workplace documents, or an application for college admission.
  3. Analyze technical writing for clarity.
  4. Paraphrase and synthesize ideas within and between texts.
  5. Draw conclusions and make inferences on explicit and implied information using textual support.
  6. Analyze multiple texts addressing the same topic to determine how authors reach similar or different conclusions.
  7. Analyze false premises, claims, counterclaims, and other evidence in persuasive writing.
  8. Recognize and analyze use of ambiguity, contradiction, paradox, irony, sarcasm, overstatement, and understatement in text.
  9. Generate and respond logically to literal, inferential, evaluative, synthesizing, and critical thinking questions about the text(s).