Mark Lynas video

The speech delivered by Mark Lynas talks about GMO food. Before watch the video, I just knew the GMO food is not harmful for people’s health, but I do not know how it can bring human benefits. Before he did a large amount of research, he also believe the unnatural GMO food is bad to the human. But his viewpoint changed then. From the speech, Mark talks about GMO food can meet increasing food demand as population increases. Also , he talks about how GMO food helps to improve the nitrogen pollution. The benefits of GMO food should be spread because it really helps the world. Today, many people have misunderstanding on GMO food because of incorrect information online or word of mouth. They should learn the truth about GMO food.

AGRI130 Summary

Throughout my fall semester of 2017, I learned a lot of the general basic ideas surrounding agriculture, technology used to improve overall yield, what farmers have to consider- weather, time of harvest, practices to meet consumer demands, how irrigation and the history of how the chicken meat farming began, importance of Delaware’s close location to the general population and how this brings in  large revenue, and a better understanding of these ideas through hands on experience offered in the five field trips.

I personally feel that this course is the best for hands on experience alongside Dean Reiger’s class, AGRI167 (usually taught in the fall), because both have a lot of hands on experience related to the agricultural industry and how food is raised, processed, and manufactured in a way that students can stop and analyze each step of the process. What I found to be insightful was all of the guest speakers both classes offered throughout the entire semester. Hearing perspectives of different individuals allowed me to understand all of the different career pathways that are available to me via internships now and possible job opportunities to look into prior to graduation.

Additionally, I felt that Mark’s enthusiasm for the material definitely made this semester more enjoyable and insightful because it made me want to remember the information I was being taught and was demonstrated through his lectures and those of his guest speakers. He interacts well with the class by starting discussions and encourages the opinions of students on a daily basis. Also, the hand outs in class were helpful because I am currently looking into job possibilities with the USDA positions I am looking at from a pamphlet he distributed in class. The reading material was easy as long as you came to class and listened to what Mark specifically pointed out in the handouts. The same can be said about exams- as long as you come to class and listen to the content of lectures with an open mind and a little bit of studying the review questions- you would do well.

I highly recommend this course to students in the CANR majors because the class is very insightful and thorough in a way I have not had with other classes in the college. Hands on experience was very important to me, so I feel this would benefit sophomores and seniors no matter when you take this class in your college career. Very fun class overall!

lecture about Irrigation system

In the class,  guest speaker James Adkins,  works at the UD research farm, had talked about the development of irrigation system.  Water is an essential part of farming. In the past, irrigation systems were not developed well, so they may wast water and cost more for a long term. Over time, the irrigation system has been improved.  It not only save the water resource and prevent pest and disease problem.  it does good and efficient work.  There are some areas are lack of water resource, like California. Advanced irrigation system gives a big help! The soil quality could tell how much water needed. after this lecture, i understand how important the combination of water and soil. and how important the soil and water mean to farmland.



Michele Walfred’s Lecture on Social Media

The lecture that was given by Michele Walfred was about social media. Today’s people especially whose age is below 45 utilizes social media everyday. The development of society cannot without social media. In the past, social media was more used for contacting, and entertainment, however, it gradually expand the purposes now. Media has been an important tool to spread information. Also, entrepreneurs create their company reputation through the media. Lots of example represents that media has been an mainly way to announce a new brand. When people realize a new brand,  they usually search online first too. It benefits us a lot, however, some people use media without care. For example, students attack others online and use bad attitude. These bad record may found by their  future companies. Therefore, a good attitude and habit to review online is important. Mrs. Walfred said we should ensure our social media is consistent. Overall, It will bring benefits if I use it appropriately.


Mark Davis gave the lecture about the horse racing industry in Delaware. Racing industry can be traced back to the 12 century. The British settlers brought horse racing  to the U.S in 1665, and the first horse track was in Long Island. I realized that racing industry is one of the oldest competition of all sports. As the technology developed, horse racing industry were decaying and the amount of competition was decreasing. I learned that horse was divided into two kind of species that are thoroughbreds horses and harness horses. Usually, the cost of thoroughbreds horses are more expensive than harness horses, and harness horses race more than thoroughbreds horses. Besides, horse racing industry increases the job opportunities, such as horseman, competitors, driver, trainer and managers. Partly as a result, it promotes economic progress and can help to reserve the old cultural. I am interested in riding horse because I thought it is a kind of exciting sport. I am pleasure to hear the lecture from Mark Davis about such professional knowledge.

Guest Lecturer: Dan Severson

From this lecture, Dan Severson focused on the livestock industry. His lecture allowed me to realize that 96 percent of family farm is family owned. Then, he explained more about farmer’s life and give data to predict the development of livestock industry in the future. Also, I learned that the agriculture production of Delaware ranked number one in the U.S. Also, Dan Severson introduced the top three largest meat products are pork, beef and poultry.The amount of goat and sheep milk also keeps increasing constantly. Besides, he talked about different  phenomenon of livestock industry and agriculture. For example, the cultivation of apiaries and bison were also increasing. I appreciate hearing the speaking offered by Dan Severson, he taught and help me to understand the agricultural market and economy today.

guest lecture about the Horse Industry

Before Mark Davis talked about the Horse Racing Industry, the word “gambling” comes to my mind. After learning from his lecture I started to realize the good side of house gambling game.  House gambling game was held to help the housing industry. In the past, the housing industry was poor and had no money to run their business. If there is no house game, there will not be house industry.  House industry has been working so hard on house race. They set very strict rules for competitors. They are the main moneymaker for the of the local market. However, It is enjoyable to watch the house race. It is one of necessary entertainment event for people especially wealthy people to spend time.  

Guest lecture about social media

I have not had a formal lecture to learn about social media. This lecture is unique for me because i have learn so many useful knowledge about social media for my daily life. She mentioned never use your real name for your informal social media because it may affect the application of a job. It is the first time to know companies may search your name online to check what kind of person you are. In people’s private life, they are relaxed so they may post what they did not think overhead in their social media. Many people do not pay attention to it. Now I know it is important to pay attention to. what is more, she helps me to understand the necessity of having a formal and clean (same theme) page on social media. It would help me to show company about myself and it is also a self-learning process.


Guest Lecture from Georgie Cartanza

Before went to Georgie Cartanza’s poultry farm,  we had a lecture from her about the development of poultry farm and what kinds of misunderstanding from the public.  Poultry farm was started casually.  There were hundreds of eggs that had no place to go. A lady took them and grow them to chicken, then sold chicken meat. The chicken was sold out quickly and poultry house started.

 Since the chicken is growing bigger and bigger, people may think poultry industry is using hormones and steroid. but the answer is not. What has really lead to the growth in the size of the chicken is they pick out the stronger and healthier birds and feed them good nutrition, and provide nice housing condition.

there is one more interesting fact to know: poultry company and grower work together to produce chickens. The company provides chicks, feed, propane, litter, health supplies, tech service. Grower provides equipment housing, labor, electric, overhead. Georgie Cartanza’s poultry farm is taking the role of the grower.




Irrigation system by James Adkins

The lecture given by James Adkins was talking about irrigation system. As the beginning of his speaking, he gave an interesting history about irrigation system. The irrigation system has been existed for thousand years  since Mayan empire. He described how Mayan people utilized Nile River and their irrigation system. Since then, the irrigation system became more efficient and productive. Agriculture is an important industry comparing with other industries. As agriculture develops, the need for water in agriculture increase rapidly. Therefore, the update of irrigation system become more important than before, because it helps to save water resource efficiently. Also, he introduced different varieties of irrigation ways  such as sprinker irrigation,surface irrigation and sub irrigation. Although the cost of irrigation system is not cheap, even expensive, it improves the efficiency of Agriculture and represent the Agriculture has been developing a new mode which will not need large amount of labors in the future.

Poultry farm

The First exciting trip is to visit Georgie Cartanza’s organic poultry farm.  After listening to Georgie’s quick presentation, we got an idea of how to manage a poultry farm. We were lucky to get a chance to walk into the chicken house to see their living environment. We were given clean cloth and protective gear to wear outside of our own cloth. There is also a cleaning box for us to step on to clean our sole. It can tell us a message that they really love their chickens and chickens are protected well by workers on the farm. I kind of get an idea of where our chicken comes from and how they are taking care of.  Chickens are free ranged and given plenty of food and water. I want to say thank you to all the workers in the poultry farm, thanks for providing healthy and nice chicken to us.

Mark Lynas video

what is GMO? this doubt must exist in many people’s head. I had it in my mind too before I watch this video. People are really careful about what they are eating nowadays. If you they are not sure about the certain part, like GMO food, they will keep their old pattern instead of trying new food material. Mark Lynas did not believe the GMO before he did research about it. He spends a lot of time to prove one of the biggest concern in the world. so he makes people believe how good GMO food is and he did contribute a lot to the agriculture. We need people like him to stand out to tell the public what is right or wrong. what is GMO? GMO is the genetically modified organism. Since the earth is changing due to the human activities, new plants are designed by humans to adapt the new environment, which helps us to solve food insecure problem.

Hoobers Field Trip

For  the third trip to Hoober’s company, we learned a lot about precision agriculture. We talked about what does precision agriculture about and how it can be used in agriculture. Thought this trip, I saw how does technology are developing through these years, such as new tractors, combines and drone. These advanced equipments improve the efficiency of farmer’s work well. Especially the ability of drone is strong. It can scout a large area of field in a high efficiency. As it flied above the field,  I believe that It can displaced the old ways of mapping and observing the field totally and found more agricultural problems. The most interesting part of this trip is that two students drive the tractor as a group, as well as the workers explained the operations and knowledge patiently. Overall, from this trip, I realized how technology promote  the agriculture and how the technology develop fast now.

UD research farm

On November 4th, we have a meeting that was led by Scott Hopkins at research farm around University of Delaware ‘s south campus. We started with introducing the characteristic UDairy ice cream. Mr. Hopkins then showed us the daily life of poultry in the webbfarm. Although, I learned how cow was fed and the milking processes here. Through the entire processes, we visited the different main areas in the farm.  Although I have class in south campus everyday this semester, I have never walked and observed the surroundings. When I saw the calf and their living environment, I was surprised how they can be arranged and taken care of well.  Usually, these calves stay here for 3 months and they look really cute like a dog. If I have opportunity, I will feed a cow!

Food Labeling

Nowadays, lots of foods are labeled with GMO, however, there was a doubt that should we utilize this kind of labels, and whether  GMOs food benefit for human or not.   With GMO food labels, we could know more details about our food, and we have right to know it. It helps specific groups of people to make a decision whether to buy that food or not. For example, it will be more easily for vegetarians, vegans and people who has special religions to determine if GMO food with animal DNA.  However, there are also some disadvantages about labeling GMO.   These labels may lead that people have difficulty on deciding GMO food. On the one hand, They may think GMO food represent a kind of unhealth, and then lead to the decrease of sales volume; but on the other,  it will make GMO labeling system become expensive and caused the companies’ interest. Although consumers are easily to determine the food ingredients and determine if it is GMO food, there are part of groups who are not familiar with the true implications. They usually think GMO food with labeling represent a kind of warning to them. With GMO labeling, it let some people misunderstand that food with GMO label is not healthy, but actually, there is no such conclusion or evidence show that non-GMO will hurt people.

A Class Journal for UDel CANR AGRI 130