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Improving Agricultural Sustainability Short Course

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 Interested in learning more about Sustainable Agriculture?

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Learn to be more sustainable in the farming sector: as a farmer, a farm worker or a supplier of goods or services to farming.

Many issues are impacting agriculture today; biosecurity, climate change, soil degredation, fires, market volatility and food miles, to mention just a few. This course helps you to become more aware, and understanding of such issues, and in doing so leads you to a better understanding of how to keep an agricultural business sustainable.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 This Short-Course covers 11 lessons:

INTRODUCTION

LESSON 1: DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE

  • What to do
  • Know your Land
  • a) Evaluating a site
  • b) Land Carrying Capacity
  • c) Assessing Land Capacity
  • An Indication of Sustainability

 LESSON 2: SUSTAINABLE CONCEPTS
  • Organic Farming
  • Whole Farm Planning
  • Systems Thinking in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Permaculture
  • Minimal Cultivation
  • No Dig Techniques
  • Biodynamics
  • Crop Rotation
  • Seed Saving
  • Urban Farming
  • Hydroponics
  • Aquaponics
  • Vertical Farming
  • Environmentally Friendly Farming


LESSON 3: SOILS

  • Growing Media
  • Major Types of Soil Problems
  • Erosion
  • Salinity
  • Soil Sodicity
  • Soil Structural Decline
  • Soil Acidification
  • Build-up of Dangerous Chemicals
  • Adding Organic Matter
  • Cultivation Techniques
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Natural fertilizers
  • Soil Life
  • Earthworms
  • Mycorrhiza
  • Nitrogen Fixing
  • Composting
  • Guidelines for Using Compost
  • Mulches
  • General Rules for Mulching


LESSON 4: WATER MANAGEMENT

  • Water Usage
  • Methods of Water Storage
  • Rainwater Collection and Storage
  • Livestock Water Requirements
  • Problems with Water
  • Mosquitoes
  • Algal Blooms
  • Livestock Contamination
  • Water Quality
  • Water Saving Measures
  • Water Wastage
  • Reed Beds
  • Swales and Keylines
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Irrigation System Design
  • Maintenance Procedures and Scheduling
  • Innovations in Water Management
  • Surface or Flood Irrigation
  • Sprinkler Irrigation


LESSON 5: PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL

  • Use of Pesticides
  • Cultural Controls
  • Physical Controls
  • Sprays and Dusts
  • Biological Controls
  • Companion Plants
  • Legislation


LESSON 6: SUSTAINABLE WEED CONTROL & CULTIVATION

  • What is a Weed?
  • Ways to Control Weeds Without Chemicals
  • Check Soil Condition
  • Biological Weed Control
  • Chemical Control of Weeds
  • Herbicides


LESSON 7: FARM MANAGEMENT

  • Changing an Existing farm to a Sustainable Property
  • New Farm Products
  • Pre-Planning
  • Monitoring and Reviewing the Farm System
  • Socioeconomic Considerations
  • Production planning
  • Organic Certification Schemes
  • Contingencies and Seasonal Variations
  • Planning for Drought


LESSON 8: GROWING AND HARVESTING PLANTS

  • Selection Criteria for Plants
  • Grain and Other Broad Acre Crops
  • Row Crops
  • Cover Crops
  • Ways of Using a Cover Crop  
  • Hay and Silage
  • Silage Production
  • Silage Timing
  • Quality Control
  • Hydroponic Fodder


LESSON 9: TREES, FODDER AND OTHER PLANTS

  • Agroforestry
  • Timber Trees
  • Fodder Trees
  • Windbreaks
  • Firebreaks
  • Habitat Corridors for Wildlife
  • Tree Planting Methods


LESSON 10: SUSTAINABLE ANIMAL MANAGEMENT

  • Possible Problems Of Livestock Production
  • Production Systems
  • Land Care Practices
  • Pastures
  • Sustainable Pasture Varieties
  • How Much Grazing?
  • Grazing Methods
  • Guidelines For Raising Different Livestock


LESSON 11: TECHNOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS

  • Precision Agriculture
  • Machines And Tools
  • Drones
  • Wearable Technology
  • Robotics
  • Computer Technology
  • Fertilisers And Soil Conditioners
  • Chemical Pesticides and Herbicides
  • Soil Microbes
  • Biotechnology And Sustainable Agriculture
  • Modifying Organisms Genetically
  • Cloning
  • Nuclear And Isotopic Techniques
  • Problems For Biotechnology   


FINAL ASSESSMENT


An ideal learning experience for anyone seeking to better understand "SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE":

  • Fully online
  • 20-hour, self-paced course
  • Optional practical set tasks throughout
  • Automated self assessment tests
  • "Certificate of Completion" on achieving a 60% pass rate on a final assessment


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Improving Agricultural Sustainability Short Course Improving Agricultural Sustainability Short Course
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