About this Course
4.6
49 ratings
18 reviews
The Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050 Course is based on a clear vision: imagine best practice farming for 2050, start to implement these strategies now, all the while making sure it will still be profitable. At UWA we're doing just that with the Future Farm 2050 Project, set on a mixed-enterprise farm in Western Australia and we want you to learn how it can be done in your part of the world. Although this course is based on agriculture, it's not only about farming. It is a multi-disciplinary course that addresses a wide range of issues confronting the industry, including rural communities, rural infrastructure and conservation of biodiversity in agriculture. By completing this course you will understand that feeding and clothing the planet requires a multi-disciplinary approach and upon completion you will be able to explain best practices of sustainable farming and apply them in new contexts....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Introduction to the Course

Welcome to "Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050". In this first week you'll be introduced to the UWA Future Farm 2050 Project, an initiative by UWA in agricultural R&D and regional engagement. The project is centred on agriculture but you'll discover that feeding the world needs a mutli-disciplinary approach, and there are a wide range of issues confronting the agricultural industry which must be addressed if we are to cope with population projections for 2050....
Reading
3 videos (Total 33 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
360 Farm Tour8m
Introduction to Ridgefield Farm Manager - Mr Steven Wainewright4m
Reading1 reading
The 'UWA Future Farm 2050' Project - testing multidisciplinary options for future food production systems10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Introduction to Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 205018m
Week
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1 hour to complete

Water and Soils

Welcome to the second week of "Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050". This week you will gain an understanding into the importance of soil and water and its careful management. ...
Reading
4 videos (Total 30 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Asst/Professor Matthias Leopold: Soils8m
Interview with Emeritus Professor Lynette Abbott6m
Dr Matt Hipsey: Water14m
Reading2 readings
Optional Readings: Soil10m
Optional Readings: Water10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Week 2: Soils10m
Week 2: Water8m
Week
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1 hour to complete

Ecological Cropping

Welcome to Week 3 of "Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050". This week you'll be introduced to Ecological Cropping, and more specifically weed management and plant breeding. Effective weed management strategies, in a changing environment with increasing resistance to herbicides, has become increasingly important for crop management. In addition to these management strategies, successful cropping also depends on high yielding varieties, tolerant to a changing environment. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 58 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
Professor Stephen Powles: Cropping and Weed Management20m
Interview with Dr Ken Flower11m
Interview with Wheatbelt Farmer Shauna Stone8m
Professor Wallace Cowling: Plant Breeding14m
360 Wheat Crop Harvest1m
Reading1 reading
Optional Readings: Ecological Cropping10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2: Ecological Cropping20m
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1 hour to complete

Versatile Livestock Systems

Welcome to Week 4 of "Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050". This week you'll be introduced to Versatile Livestock Systems. You'll learn about the about the principles of "Clean, Green and Ethical" livestock management. This is the driving livestock management principle of the Future Farm 2050 Project. You'll also understand the risks associated with livestock production in drylands, working towards versatile systems and managing the relationship between animals and the environment. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 22 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Professor Philip Vercoe: Versatile Livestock Systems20m
Reading1 reading
Optional Readings: Versatile Livestock Systems10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Versatile Livestock Systems20m
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Top Reviews

By JRJan 11th 2018

Different subjects related to sustainable farming are well presented highlighting many interesting aspects in general and illustrated by local examples

By CROct 2nd 2018

Localised context but with very good set of "in principle" lessons that can be extrapolated to other environments with a little effort. Great to the

Instructor

Graeme Martin

Professor
School of Agriculture and Environment

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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