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MindTap Agriscience for Exploring Agriscience 5th Edition

Dr. Ray V. Herren

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MindTap® Agriscience for Herren’s Exploring Agriscience, 5th Edition is the digital learning solution that helps instructors engage and transform today's students into critical thinkers. Through paths of dynamic assignments and applications that you can personalize, real-time course analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie-cutter into cutting-edge, apathy into engagement, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers. As an educator using MindTap, you have at your fingertips the right content and unique set of tools curated specifically for your course, including engaging videos, activities, games, lab exercises, and auto-graded quizzing. Logically organized into content-specific sections containing each of these features, the all-in-one interface is designed to improve workflow and save time when planning lessons and course structure. The control to build and personalize your course is all yours, focusing on the most relevant material while also lowering costs for your students. Stay connected and informed in your course through real-time student tracking that provides the opportunity to adjust the course as needed based on analytics of interactivity in the course.

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.
  • Streamline your workflow with carefully curated content and unique tools, including games, video, lab exercises, and auto-graded assignments and quizzes, all designed to save you time and provide students with engaging course material and instant feedback.
  • Quickly and easily contact students from the MindTap platform with The Message Center app. Any message posted in the Message Center is communicated directly to each student enrolled in the course via the communication medium designated by the student.
  • Provide students with organizational and study tools designed to better manage their limited time, allowing them to complete assignments whenever and wherever they are ready to learn.
  • Save students money in their course materials with a single destination that reflects exactly what’s important to you, the instructor.
  • Track students in real time with the Progress app adjust the course as needed based analytics of interactivity in the course.
  • Keep your students informed of assignments, course due dates, or any changes to your course while also arming them with on-the-go study tools like flashcards and quizzing with the MindTap Mobile App.
  • Build and personalize your course by integrating your own content into the MindTap Reader using your own documents or pull from sources like RSS feeds, YouTube videos, websites, Google Docs and more. Control what content students see and when they see it with a learning path that can be used as-is or matched to your syllabus exactly.
  • Empower students with the information to know where they stand at all times—both individually and compared to the highest performers in class within the student view of the Progress App.
  • Engage students with course material specially customized for them by you streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface.
  • Deliver important information and empower your students to personalize their experience with the one-stop-study tool, StudyHub. Share content from the MindTap Reader and create notes and study guides to help students focus and succeed.

Chapter Overviews provide students with an introduction to the main topics presented in each lesson, combining learning objectives with supporting text, images, and graphics in a highly visual PowerPoint presentation.

Logically organized, each reading in the ebook falls under a specific module of learning, including important topics such as soils and plants, agricultural pests, nursery production, landscaping, fruit and nut production, row crops, forest science, protecting the environment, organic agriculture, the livestock, dairy and poultry industries, aquaculture, urban agriculture, companion animals, food preservation, the ethical treatment of animals, hand tools, small engine operation, biofuels, biotechnology and agricultural programs and careers.

Practice quizzes follow each reading and include interactive True False and Multiple Choice Questions that evaluate student understanding of the content presented in that module.

Videos explore the intricacies of specific topics through engaging narrative and visuals, enabling students to experience realistic industry-related scenarios and expand their knowledge of the content.

Lab Exercises encourage the application of content learned in each lesson, successfully connecting the hands on experience of the lab with interactive online reporting of lab results.

Engaging activities and games, including matching and crossword puzzles serve to reinforce and encourage the practice and remediation of key concepts in each lesson.

Auto-graded quizzing for each lesson tracks students’ progress and acquired knowledge, while providing remediation for areas requiring improvement.

A combined English Glossary/Spanish Glosario App provides instant access to definitions for terms in both English and Spanish, ensuring that all students have equal opportunity to learn key concepts.
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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  • ISBN-10: 1305949889
  • ISBN-13: 9781305949881
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $312.00
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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.