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Exploring Agriscience 5th Edition

Dr. Ray V. Herren

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2011, 2006, 2002
  • 608 Pages
Starting At 312.00 See pricing and ISBN options


Discover the exciting world of agriculture through EXPLORING AGRISCIENCE, Fifth Edition, the resource that continues to inspire and inform middle school students across the nation. The new, updated Fifth Edition of this respected text combines a strong grounding in fundamentals with information on the latest advances in the field and current opportunities in agricultural education programs. This comprehensive guide opens students’ eyes to all agriscience has to offer, including soil, plants, and row crops; floriculture, forest science, and landscaping; livestock, dairy, and poultry industries; aquaculture and companion animals; hand tools; small engine operation; and more. In addition, information on topics such as organic agriculture, biofuels, and biotechnology—and an all-new chapter on urban agriculture—introduces students to the trends and developments shaping the industry today, as well as promising initiatives for the future.

Dr. Ray V. Herren, University of Georgia, Athens (Emeritus)

Dr. Ray V. Herren has been actively involved in agriculture for most of his life. He grew up on a diversified farm, where he played a major role in the production of livestock. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Auburn University, a Master's degree in Agribusiness Education from Alabama A & M University, and a Doctorate in vocational education (with an emphasis in agricultural education) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Herren has taught at Virginia Tech, Oregon State University, and the University of Georgia in Athens, where he recently retired as head of the Department of Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communication. In addition to serving as National President of the FFA Alumni Association, he has served on numerous committees from the local to international level, including a national task force to develop FFA programs for middle school students and the National Committee for Career Development Events. His prolific scholarly activity includes 26 journal articles, 51 invited or refereed presentations, and 12 books and manuals. He has also earned several awards for his commitment to service, as well as UGA's prestigious College of Education Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • An all-new chapter on urban agriculture enlightens students on this unique area of agriscience, which has become an increasingly widespread and important trend in today’s society.
  • Accurate, up-to-date statistics on relevant topics are included to spark awareness of current issues and trends in the field, as well as equipping students with timely facts and figures to inform their understanding of modern agriscience.
  • The Fifth Edition includes updated information on the national FFA) organization, including Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs), other activities, and current educational opportunities in agriscience.
  • A combined English Glossary/Spanish Glosario provides additional support for ESL students, making it easier to learn key terms and concepts in either language, and to translate professional terminology between them.
  • Thoroughly revised for the Fifth Edition, the text’s accompanying Lab Manual features fun and challenging hands-on experiments to strengthen knowledge of topics introduced in the text chapters.
  • The MindTap® supplement provides an integrated online course—including the textbook in digital format, lab exercises, videos, games, activities, and quizzes—making it simple to offer a digital option for teaching and learning.
  • Reader-friendly and visually appealing, the book features a writing style that is engaging and easy to understand for today’s middle school students, as well as numerous photos, illustrations, and factual tables to help bring key concepts to life.
  • For Further Exploration features included in every chapter present interesting facts on selected topics to increase students’ engagement with the material and facilitate learning.
  • A robust Chapter Review concludes each chapter, providing a useful tool to evaluate student comprehension of the topics covered.
  • The text companion site includes bonus projects that expand on chapter content, as well as Answers to Questions, Lesson Plans, PowerPoint® presentations, and Online Testing powered by Cognero®, making course preparation, easier, faster, and more effective.
1. The World of Agriculture.
2. The History of Agriculture.
3. Soil: The Origin of Life.
4. Plant Structures and their Uses.
5. Agricultural Pests.
6. Floriculture.
7. Nursery Production.
8. Landscaping.
9. Fruit and Nut Production.
10. Row Crops.
11. Forest Science.
12. Protecting the Environment.
13. Organic Agriculture.
14. The Livestock Industry.
15. The Dairy Industry.
16. The Poultry Industry.
17. The Science of Aquaculture.
18. Urban Agriculture.
19. Companion Animals.
20. Preserving our Food Supply.
21. The Ethical Treatment of Animals.
22. Selecting and Using Hand Tools.
23. Small Engine Operation.
24. Biofuels.
25. Biotechnology: The Future of Agriculture.
26. High School Agricultural Education Programs.
27. Careers in Agricultural Science.
English Glossary & Spanish Glosario.
Each MindTap product offers the full, mobile-ready textbook combined with superior and proven learning tools at one affordable price. Students who purchase digital access can add a print option at any time when a print option is available for their course.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Lab Manual

ISBN: 9781305949836
Revised for the current text edition, the Lab Manual for Herren's Exploring Agriscience, Fifth Edition, contains a variety of exercises to help students retain and apply key concepts presented in the textbook. Labs are organized by topic and include step-by-step, hands-on experiments that demonstrate these key concepts, as well as follow-up questions to develop critical-thinking skills.

Instructor's Companion Website

ISBN: 9781305949843
The companion site to accompany for Herren's Exploring Agriscience, Fifth Edition, features tools to support learning and facilitate teaching: Answers to review questions appearing at the end of each chapter, as well as answers to lab manual questions, allow teachers to assess and document student learning. Lesson plans provide an outline of key topics in each chapter, and they correlate to accompanying PowerPoint® presentations. PowerPoint® presentations align with the provided lesson plans and include photos and illustrations to visually reinforce the key points in each chapter. Testing powered by Cognero®, a flexible online system, provides chapter-by-chapter quizzes. Bonus agriscience projects offer another tool to provide students with an opportunity to practice what they are learning in the classroom—while having fun! An image gallery features full-color photos and illustrations from the text that can easily enhance classroom presentations. For these instructor-specific resources, please visit at and follow the prompts for obtaining access to this secure site.

Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access

ISBN: 9781305949867
Cengage Learning Testing, powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to import, edit, and manipulate content from the text’s test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.


Lab Manual

ISBN: 9781305949836
Revised for the current text edition, the Lab Manual for Herren's EXPLORING AGRISCIENCE, Fifth Edition, includes plenty of fun, hands-on experiments that help demonstrate what you are learning in your textbook.