Greenhouse Gases and Animal Agriculture Curriculum Materials

Greenhouse gases and their contributions to climate change are some of the most studied topics in animal agriculture right now. What greenhouse gases are emitted by agriculture? How much is emitted in comparison to other industries?

Farmers, Ranchers, and Ag Professionals

Check out the self-study module “Greenhouse Gases and Agriculture“. When completed, you can receive a certificate or submit your completion for continuing education credits.

Teachers, Extension

The following materials were developed for teachers and educators to use in their classrooms and programs. The target age range is high school, jr. college and beginning farmer groups.

  • Instruction Guide (Lesson Plan): Includes links to additional information, connections to national agriculture education standards (AFNR Career Content Cluster Standards), application to Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects, activity and science fair ideas, sample quiz/review questions, and enrichment activities. PDF format (0.5 MB; best if you want to use it as-is) | RTF format (60 MB; best if you want to modify the file)
  • Presentation – 33 slides, Powerpoint 97-2003 format. Annotated. Preview in Slideshare | Download (14 MB)


Author: Jill Heemstra, University of Nebraska

Reviewers: Crystal Powers, University of Nebraska; David Schmidt, University of Minnesota; Liz Whitefield, Washington State University

Building Environmental Leaders in Animal Agriculture (BELAA) is a collaborative effort of the National Young Farmers Educational Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Montana State University. It was funded by the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) under award #2009-49400-05871. This project would not be possible without the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center and the National eXtension Initiative.