Improving Agricultural Sustainability

Course CodeSGH15
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

Sustainable Agriculture

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 degradation, 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.

Lesson Structure

  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
  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
  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
  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
  5. PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
    • Use of Pesticides
    • Cultural Controls
    • Physical Controls
    • Sprays and Dusts
    • Biological Controls
    • Companion Plants
    • Legislation
  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
  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
  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
  9. TREES, FODDER AND OTHER PLANTS
    • Agroforestry
    • Timber Trees
    • Fodder Trees
    • Windbreaks
    • Firebreaks
    • Habitat Corridors for Wildlife
    • Tree Planting Methods
  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
  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

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