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Sustainable Agriculture BAG215 Online Course

From: $50.00 / week for 16 weeks

Duration 100 hrs / 12 months
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Careerline Certificate
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  • Make your farm more sustainable, economically and environmentally sustainable.
  • Discover new ways to improve farm sustainability
  • Improve your career prospects in the agriculture industry; as a farmer, farm worker, consultant, teacher or working in a farm supply or service business

Sustainability in Agriculture has become increasingly important over recent times. It is no longer sufficient to just be productive and the cost of production is no longer just thought of in terms of money.  The environmental resources of a farm as well as the financial must not deteriorate if a farm is to continue to exist into the future.

Course Aims:

  • Explain the broad possibilities for improving sustainability on farms.
  • Explain how to avoid serious degradation of soils on a farm through sustainable management.
  • Explain the broad possibilities for improving sustainability on farms.
  • Explain how to avoid too serious degradation of soils on a farm through water management.
  • Discuss Economic Rules that apply to a farm Enterprise.
  • Crop management techniques for sustainability.
  • Minimising degradation through planning and management.
  • Evaluate the financial viability and potential of animal enterprises.

 

Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 8 lessons in this course:

Introduction

  • Sustainable ways of farming
  • Whole farm planning
  • Land Management programs
  • Sustainable ways of farming
  • Natural farming
  • Organic farming
  • Permaculture
  • No Dig techniques
  • Biodynamics

Soils

  • Growing media
  • Major types of soil problems
  • Soil structural decline
  • Erosion
  • Salinity
  • Acidification
  • Soil improvements
  • Phytotoxicity
  • Adding organic matter to soils
  • Cultivation techniques
  • Conservation tillage
  • Plant nutrition
  • Soil life
  • Cover crops

Water

  • Types of water storage
  • Livestock water requirements
  • Water problems
  • Water quality
  • Reed beds
  • Water saving measures
  • Recycling
  • Swales and Keylines
  • Irrigation systems

Land Care

  • Weed Management
  • Preventative measures
  • Tree management
  • Timber lots/plantations
  • Wind breaks
  • Wildlife corridors
  • Wildlife habitats
  • Pest and diseases

Financial Sustainability

  • Economic principles
  • Developing a Farm Business Plan
  • Financial plan
  • Controlling growth
  • Value adding
  • Enterprise mix
  • Eco-tourism

Broad Management Strategies

  • Toward better planning
  • Land care or land management
  • New enterprises
  • Broad management categories
  • Marketing
  • Personal welfare
  • Plan drawing of farm
  • Looking at risk
  • Quality systems

Plant Enterprises

  • Crop management
  • Hydroponic fodder
  • Hay
  • Considering new crops
  • Nuts
  • Organic farming
  • Agro-forestry
  • Hydroponics
  • Herbs

Animal Enterprises

  • Deer
  • Ostriches
  • Emus
  • Alpacas
  • llama
  • Goats
  • Aquaculture
  • Wool and meat production
  • Horses

When you have completed your lessons you have the option of taking the optional exam. It's ok if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate.

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Course Tutor

Agriculture spans a wide variety of specializations.  Who your tutor is will depend on which area of agriculture you are studying.  Upon enrollment you will be assigned your own personal tutor who is there to support you throughout your studies.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.

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Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.