About this Course
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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Beginner Level

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Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours per week
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English

Subtitles: English
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100% online course

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours per week
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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1 hour to complete

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 readings
The 'UWA Future Farm 2050' Project - testing multidisciplinary options for future food production systems10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Introduction to Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 205018m

2

Section
Clock
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

3

Section
Clock
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 readings
Optional Readings: Ecological Cropping10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 2: Ecological Cropping20m

4

Section
Clock
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 readings
Optional Readings: Versatile Livestock Systems10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Versatile Livestock Systems20m

5

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Conservation of Biodiversity in Agriculture

Welcome to Week 5 of "Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050". This week you'll be introduced to Conservation of Biodiversity in Agriculture. You will learn about biodiversity hotpots, the impacts of clearing land for agriculture and our reliance of healthy ecosystems (ecosystems services) for survival. You will also learn about site and re vegetation planning and the integration of biodiversity into farming systems....
Reading
2 videos (Total 16 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
Ms Anne Smith: Conservation of Biodiversity in Agriculture15m
Reading1 readings
Optional Reading: Conservation of Biodiversity in Agriculture10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Conservation of Biodiversity in Agriculture20m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

People and Infrastructure

Welcome to Week 6 of "Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050". This week you'll be introduced to the importance of People and Infrastructure for sustainable agriculture. People in regional areas face many different challenges to those residing in urban areas. The changing environment has further increased these challenges. In addition, infrastructure in regional areas is expensive to build and often not "Fit for Purpose"...
Reading
4 videos (Total 31 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Welcome to Country with Noongar Elder Gary Bennell1m
Dr Susan Bailey: People15m
Mr Patrick Beale: Rural Infrastructure13m
Reading2 readings
Optional Reading: People10m
Optional Reading: Infrastructure10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
6. People10m
6. Infrastructure10m

7

Section
Clock
22 minutes to complete

CONCLUSION OF COURSE

Congratulations! You've reached the end of "Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050"...
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 1 quiz
Quiz1 practice exercises
Final Assessment20m
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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 JQNov 16th 2017

WHAT AN INTERESTING AND GREAT COURSE! I WISH I HAD LEARNED A LOT OF THIS STUFF YEARS AGO. IT ALL MAKES SUCH GREAT SENSE. THANKS SO MUCH!

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Graeme Martin

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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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