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Beginner Level
Approx. 17 hours to complete
English

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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

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

3 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 63 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
11 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
9 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
1 practice exercise
Quiz - Agricultural production and prices, and agriculture’s reliance on natural resources30m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Resource and environmental challenges facing agriculture

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 64 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
9 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
8 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
1 practice exercise
Resource and environmental challenges facing agriculture30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

The economics of agricultural inputs

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 56 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
9 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
4 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
1 practice exercise
The economics of agricultural inputs30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

The economics of land conservation

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 84 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
9 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
6 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
1 practice exercise
The economics of land conservation30m

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