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Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 19 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Agricultural production and prices, and agriculture’s reliance on natural resources

Week 1 provides a history of agricultural production and prices, an examination into the reasons behind changes in production and prices, and discussions of the 2007 global food crisis and agriculture’s usage of resources. ...
Reading
11 videos (Total 63 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Video - History of agricultural production and prices2m
Video - Agricultural products' supply4m
Video - Agricultural products' demand6m
Video - The 2007 food price crisis12m
Video - Food security4m
Video - Resource usage 1: Land and soils4m
Video - Resource usage 2: Water4m
Video - Resource usage 3: Nutrients4m
Video - Resource usage 4: Pesticides4m
Video - Interview - Kadambot Siddique, Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia8m
Reading9 readings
Optional Viewing - The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #110m
Optional Reading - Economics Basics: Supply and Demand10m
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussion 266: Supply and Demand: The Wool Crisis10m
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 178: Betting on Wheat Prices10m
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 284: The world food price crisis of 200710m
Optional Viewing - The Corn Controversy: Food or Fuel10m
Optional Reading - The Food Price Crisis of 2007/2008: Evidence and Implications10m
Optional Reading - Causes of the 2007-2008 global food crisis identified10m
Optional Reading - The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz - Agricultural production and prices, and agriculture’s reliance on natural resources20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Resource and environmental challenges facing agriculture

Week 2 addresses the agricultural issues of water availability, peak phosphorus, herbicide resistance, and climate change....
Reading
9 videos (Total 64 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Video - Pesticide bans5m
Video - Dryland salinity8m
Video - Resource exhaustibility: phosphorus supply12m
Video - Resource exhaustibility: water shortages5m
Video - Resource exhaustibility: herbicide resistance9m
Video - Climate change4m
Video - Climate policy and adaptation4m
Video - Interview - Michael Robertson, CSIRO8m
Reading8 readings
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussion 261: Agricultural water pollution10m
Optional Reading - Protecting Water Quality from Agricultural Runoff10m
Optional Reading - Pannell Discussion 26: Dryland salinity in Australia10m
Optional Reading - Phosphorus: Essential to Life – Are we running out?10m
Optional Reading - Can Australia overcome its Water Scarcity Problems?10m
Optional Reading - Pannell Discussion 57: Herbicide resistance: Does prevention pay?10m
Optional Reading - Pannell Discussions 230: Future climate change and wheat yields in Western Australia10m
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 168: Telling farmers how to adapt to climate change10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Resource and environmental challenges facing agriculture20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The economics of agricultural inputs

Week 3 looks at the relationship between inputs and outputs, the optimal level of an input, the question of pollution from inputs, and flat payoff functions....
Reading
9 videos (Total 56 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Video - Fertiliser and Crop Yield5m
Video - Production functions4m
Video - Profit maximisation7m
Video - Building a spreadsheet to maximise profit11m
Video - Effects of price and yield changes on optimal fertiliser use4m
Video - Considering pollution in input decisions7m
Video - Flat payoff functions6m
Video - Interview - David Brown, Farmer, Burracoppin, Western Australia5m
Reading4 readings
Optional reading - world data on fertilizers10m
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussion 277: Perfection isn’t best10m
Optional Reading - Determining Optimum Nitrogen Application Rates for Corn10m
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 88: Flat-earth economics10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The economics of agricultural inputs20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

The economics of land conservation

Week 4 focuses on evaluating land conservation practices, weighing benefits and costs correctly, non-economic factors, and provides an example in conservation agriculture....
Reading
9 videos (Total 84 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
Video - Benefits and costs of resource conservation over time5m
Video - Accounting for time12m
Video - Discounting5m
Video - Building a spreadsheet for discounting benefits and costs10m
Video - Case study: conservation agriculture17m
Video - Drivers of farmers’ decision-making11m
Video - Interview - Mike McFarlane, farmer, Doodlakine, Western Australia9m
Video - Interview - Greg Shea, WA Department of Agriculture and Food6m
Reading6 readings
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 33: Time is money10m
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 268: Conservation Agriculture in Developing Countries10m
Optional Reading - The farm-level economics of conservation agriculture for resource-poor farmers.10m
Recommended Reading - Adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders10m
Optional Reading - Pannell Discussions 203: Predicting adoption of new farming practices10m
Help with the calculations for Week 4 Quiz10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
The economics of land conservation20m
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Top Reviews

By NTDec 22nd 2017

Excellent course and presenter! I is very useful to revise important economic and environmental concepts and also to learn more agriculture. It is very useful for me.\n\nThanks Prof. David

By RCDec 19th 2016

Interesting course on Agriculture and Economics, very useful to revise important economic concepts and also to learn more about agriculture. Highly recommended.

Instructors

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Professor David Pannell, BSc(Agric), BEc, PhD

UWA School of Agriculture and Environment
University of Western Australia
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Jacob Hawkins, BA(Biol), MESM, PhD

School of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Western Australia

About University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 and continues to set the standard for other West Australian universities. Staff, students and graduates from the University have been recognised at state, national and international levels, and UWA continues to confirm its standing as one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities. UWA's leaders and researchers work in partnership with three domestic and international networks, the Group of Eight, Matariki and the Worldwide Universities Network....

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