Duration: 5 hours

Agronomy can be broadly defined as the practice and study of field crops for use as human food, animal feed,
fibre and oilseed production, and some industrial products. Agronomic practices refers to field crops such as wheat and cotton but does not cover vegetable, fruit, forestry and flower crops. In this course, you'll learn about types of crops to grow, plant structure and function, crop development phases, plant life cycles, selection, and more.
Duration: 5 hours

Identify factors that affect the success of a crop, including soil condition, weather and biological influences such as pests and diseases. In this course, you'll learn about the components of soil, how to identify soil texture, problems with soils and fertility, erosion, salinity, cultivation techniques, plant nutrition and more. Includes clear, easy to use information on macronutrients, including easy to use tables for diagnosing potential problems.
Duration: 5 hours

Seed storage behaviour refers to the capacity of seeds to survive desiccation (drying). The periods which seed survives (i.e. its longevity) varies quite a lot among species. The influence that provenance and genotype have on the longevity of seed also depends on a multitude of factors. In this course, you'll learn how to achieve successful seed germination for different agronomic crops under different conditions in the field.
Duration: 5 hours

A weed is any plant that is growing where you don't want it. A weed will compete with your desired plants for light, space, water and nutrients. A plant could also be a weed because of a particular characteristic; it could be poisonous to stock or humans for several reasons. In this course, you'll learn about weed control for agronomy crops. Includes classification of different weed types and how to treat them, including material on herbicide, fungicide, and insecticide use.
Duration: 3 hours

High yields in cereal crops depend on good agronomic practices. Cereal crop production can be influenced by many factors such as irrigation layout, growing the right crop for the right climate, soil structure, and timing of fertiliser application, stubble retention, good rotation practices and weed control. In this course, you'll learn about good practices used to farm cereals for harvest and sale as cash crops. Includes material on the Zadock scale, growth stages, nutrition, and pests and diseases for a variety of cereal crops. Covers wheat, barley, oats, and more.
Duration: 3 hours

Broadleaf crops are made up of dicotyledon plants; they are plants that emerge from the ground with two seed leaves, as opposed to monocotyledon crops (grass/cereal crops) that emerge with one seed leaf. Monocotyledon plants (grasses) have more than one stem (called a tiller) whereas dicotyledons have one main stem. In this course, you'll establish the difference between broadleaf and grass crops. You'll also learn about the needs of , including faba beans, field peas, mung beans, soy beans, peanuts, and more.
Duration: 4 hours

Different crops will be ready for harvest at a different time. Most often, the stage of growth at which crops are harvested depends upon the purpose for which they are grown, and the way in which the subsequent produce will be used. In this course, you'll learn about different harvesting equipment and techniques, including post-harvest handling and treatments for a range of different crops. Includes material on machinery use.
Duration: 2 hours

Enjoy learning about a range of poultry breeds which can be kept on hobby farms or in commercial environments. Review an overview of many breeds to understand the advantages and disadvantages between the breeds available. Discover other poultry species such as geese, turkey and emus.
Duration: 3 hours

Bees are one of the most important important insects known to man. Their role in the web of life is essential to the health and reproduction of many significant crop species, without which the human diet would be significantly altered. In this course, you'll learn about bee physiology and anatomy, how bees produce honey, and learn the basics of bee behaviour. Includes material on bee castes and their purpose.
Duration: 3 hours

About 30% of the food we consume relies on bees for pollination; they are necessary to maintaining food security in many places. As such, bee health is a global concern; There are many different types of pests and diseases that can impact bee health and productivity. In this course, you'll learn about bee pests (including the varroa mite), diseases, viruses, and other problems. You'll also learn about recognising problems through recognising signs of colony stress.
Duration: 2 hours

Where would we be without plants? Humans -- and many other animals -- rely on plants to sustain health, or in some cases just to live. To ensure that our plants -- including the cropping species we rely on so much for our survival -- keep providing for us and other animals, we need pollinating insects, including bees. In this course, you'll learn about different types of bees, how to attract bees to your garden, and study different types of bee products.
Duration: 1.5 hours

To start beekeeping you need a few basic things -- and the most basic thing is knowledge! In this course, you'll learn about protective clothing and tools and equipment to handle the bees and produce the honey. You'll also learn how to stay organised, set up for your first honey extraction, and source your first bees, either through catching a swarm or buying in bees. Useful for beginners, as a resource for helping others get started, and more.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Bees occur all over the world and honey has been farmed from bees for thousands of years. To most people, a bee is thought of as something that lives in a hive, produces honey and can sting you. In reality this only describes some bees; many people also confuse bees with other insects such as wasps and hornets. In this course, you'll learn about how bees are important to both the Earth and humans. Includes material on bee families and types of stingless bees.
Duration: 2 hours

Hives can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Depending upon the amount of honey in a hive, they can become very heavy, and it is critical to choose a hive that you are physically able to manage. Each individual comb in a top bar may weigh 4.5kg. A hive box though can easily weigh 16 kg or more. In this course, you'll learn about types of hives, how to choose a hive, and how to open your hive safely. Includes easy-to-follow instructions on how to inspect your hives.
Duration: 3 hours

Bee products are not limited to honey. They produce a variety of products that are versatile and have both medicinal and nutritional properties for both humans and animals. Bee products are utilised in household, cleaning and personal care products. In this course, you'll learn how to incorporate these in your daily life. Includes recipes.
Duration: 5 hours

In order to maintain healthy hives, there a variety of maintenance tasks you must complete year-round. In this course, you'll learn about seasonal tasks, such as how to collect and process royal jelly, and pollen. You'll also learn about overwintering, including how to feed bees to avoid starvation using home made sugar syrup, how to use contact feeders or frame feeders, and how how often you will need to feed a colony. Discusses how and when to move to a swarm.
Duration: 1 hour

Animal feeds are often measured or described in terms of a variety of characteristics. These characteristics are influenced by the physical and chemical structure of the plants used. In this course, you'll learn about the composition of plant tissues used as animal food, common pasture grasses, pasture hays, silage, root crops, and trees for fodder. Includes easy to use examples for identifying typical feed parameters.
Duration: 1 hour

Good management of pastures requires and understanding of the different plant and grass species and the livestock requirements. Grasses show three distinct phases of growth, and an understanding of these is necessary in understanding when to intervene in your pasture's growth. In this course, you will learn about how to promote the health for pasture, promoting the nutritional intake of animals, pasture management principles, feed supply, and stocking.
Duration: 1 hour

Some animals have a plant-based primary feed source. Animals whose diet consists primarily of other animals are referred to as carnivores and animals whose diet consists of both plant and animal based sources are known as omnivores. In this course, you will learn about variations in animal eating and drinking adaptations, classification of feeding strategies, and digestive systems. You'll also learn about industry opportunities in primary industries and different jobs available in this sector.
Duration: 1 hour

Every species, and individual, animal requires different nutrition and in order to provide them with the most optimal diet we must understand feed analysis. Nutritional analysis usually tells us the amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat, fibre and moisture. These may vary in amount due to the species, age, health, activity, reproduction and environmental condition. In this course, you will learn about the constituents present in animal food, common feed analysis, macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, lipids), and micronutrients (minerals, vitamins).
Duration: 2 hours

The purpose of raising poultry is primarily to produce eggs or meat for human consumption. This means that good nutritional practice should be applied under good conditions and with sound management of procedures. By applying sound principles quality birds can be produced but knowledge of nutrition is also paramount. In this course, you'll learn how to feed appropriate rations, which products and scraps are toxic, nutrition required, and how to feed for the relevant stage in the your poultry's lifecycle.
Duration: 3 hours

Good health of poultry means the flock will be free of injury, illness or pain. Signs of ill health can be noted from changes in water and food consumption, general behaviour and feather condition. Generally birds will try to hide signs of ill health, making it essential to learn how to recognise as many signs as you can. In this course, you'll learn about key signs, disease prevention, how to respond to ill-health or injury, in order to maintain the health of the entire flock. Includes information on how to make up a first aid kit and adminsiter medication via syringe.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn how to raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for commercial production or self-sufficiency. This course will introduce you to the nature and scope of the industry and you will learn to about the possibilities open to you working with poultry.
Duration: 1 hour

Learn about the similarities and differences in domesticated poultry species. It's important to recognise different behaviours and needs in poultry in order to care for them effectively. Ducks, Chickens,Turkeys, Geese are popular poultry breeds covered in this covered.
Duration: 3 hours

Poultry can be housed in free-range systems, shed and barn systems or caged systems. In this course, you'll learn about different production systems from extensive (free range), semi-intensive and intensive production systems, in terms of: management, production cost, product quality product quantity. You'll also learn about three procedures used in an egg production system which are critical to the efficient operation of a specified farm.
Duration: 3 hours

Many breeds of horses can be kept at grass all year round, withstanding the worst weather conditions, if they are cared for adequately. If shelter, additional feeding, rugs (especially in cold climates) are used, drainage of the paddock or field is good, water supply is kept fresh
and unfrozen, and grooming is carried out. In this course, you'll learn about how to maintain a healthy environment for your horses at grass, including material on grazing requirements, boundaries, shelter, an annual grass management programme, and avoiding toxic plants in grazing areas.
Duration: 2 hours

It is not always practical to keep a horse solely at grass depending on the individual horses needs and the type of work the horse is required to do. A horse may need to be kept stabled, either periodically or on a more permanent basis, due to the facilities available, quality and availability of grazing, injury or illness, for convenience or for a variety of other reasons. In this course, you'll learn when and how to keep horses in a stable. Includes material on types of stabling, bedding, mucking out, feeding and watering, and grooming.
Duration: 2 hours

Familiarity with the signs of good horse health is essential to enable any signs of illness to be detected early in the disease process. In this course, you'll learn how to identify changes in health through signs such as behavoural changes, changes in respiration, and physical changes (including skin condition changes). You'll also learn about some specific causes of ill health and options for treatment or management.
Duration: 3 hours

In horses, a good mover will actively use the joints, utilise both front and back ends equally, move forward with balance. Their anatomy will affect their overall movement, including gait and leaps. Yet horses also have many minor anatomical differences across breeds. In this course, you'll learn about the anatomy and physiology of horses, alongside some of the minor differences in anatomy that can differ depending on breed. You'll also learn about how anatomy affects movement. Includes easy-to-read material on conformation.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn how to recognise different horse breeds and their characteristics. This is important in understanding how the different traits and characteristics effect the horse's temperament, behaviour, hardiness, ability to learn or it's overall performance. Knowing breeds - their strengths and limitations - is very useful in training and breeding.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Understanding nutrition and feeding is vital. It is an area of horse care which is often not comprehensively understood but it is vital in ensuring physical well being. Over feeding, as well as underfeeding, are issues which need to be understood. This course takes you through all the basics of feeding, to introducing and using supplements.
Duration: 2 hours

People working with horses should learn as much as possible about horse psychology. This is necessary to understanding a horse’s behaviour, and helps create better horse handlers. Knowing how horses behave - naturally and the feral herd - is important to enable confident handling. Keeping people safe around horses is paramount. Handling horses respectfully keeps the horse well too. In this course, you will learn about how to handle a horse properly, integrating information about horse psychology with good practice.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Saddlery consists of every item of clothing and equipment worn and by the horse and used by the rider. This means it saddlery encompasses saddles, bridles, bits, neckstraps, headcollars, girths, numnahs, martingales, withers pads, cruppers, lungeing equipment, boots, bandages and clothing, such as rugs and blankets. In this course, you'll learn about the major parts of saddlery (including the components of a saddle) and the purpose for each part.
Duration: 1 hour

In its natural environment, the hooves of the horse provide adequate protection for the underlying sensitive structures of the foot. However, when horses areused as working animals hooves are worn away more quickly than they can be renewed, leading to pain and lameness. Horse shoes help prevent damage to the hoof; proper shoeing should not interfere with either function or gait. In this course, you'll learn about the shoeing process, types of shoes, and general foot care.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Horses are widely appreciated and used. As such, many horse-based businesses and services are common place: riding stables, training facilities, breeding/stud farms, transportation companies and producers, and clothing retailers. Beyond recreation, there are further opportunities within the equine industry such as health care, farrier services and alternative medicine practices. In this course, you'll learn about common roles in the equine industry, how to buy and sell a horse for a farm, breeder or owner, and more industry related insights for your agricultural career.
Duration: 5 hours

For the past 10,000 years, people all over the world have domesticated animals for various purposes. Livestock animals such as cows and sheep were kept to provide products such as meat, wool or milk or even kept as working animals. Over time, however, the human approach to animals and their welfare has evoled. In this course, you'll learn about major theories in animal rights and welfare and how to consider welfare and health in making decision affecting the lives of animals. Includes material on animal ethics and the moral status of animals.
Duration: 5 hours

Whenever working with animals (at a farm, zoo, vet, and more), it is essential to be prepared prepared to administer first aid. In preparation for first aid, you will need an appropriate level of knowledge and awareness and you will require certain facilities and equipment. In this course, you will learn how to recognise common problems and learn how to treat them until appropriate medical care can be sought. Includes information on wound care, stitching, fly control, poisoning, and restraint for care. Also includes material on first aid for wildlife.
Duration: 5 hours

In many cases, prevention is more important than treatment. As such, it is vital that to understand the ways in which we can help prevent illness, injury and disease in animals. It is important that we not only look after the general health and wellbeing of the animal, but also the environment around them. In this course, you'll learn how to anticipate and prevent accidents and injuries when possible. Includes safety material and disease prevention and control.
Duration: 5 hours

It is important when studying animal health to understand what may cause diseases or health issues in animals. Health issues and diseases may be passed on from a range of pathogens or parasites, could be a genetic disorder or even a metabolic or nutritional disorder. In this course, you will learn about some common types of pathogen, genetic disorders, and metabolic disorders in animals. Includes an overall health checklist and signs of ill health.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Sheep are herd animals, so it is much easier to deal with them as a group than as individuals. When you need to treat an individual animal, it is much easier to bring the whole flock into the handling pens and pick the ailing sheep out rather than try to catch one animal in the camp. In this course, you will learn about the techniques used in the management of a commercial flock of sheep. Includes material on necessary facilities, regular care routines and their use, and general husbandry tasks.
Duration: 4 hours

Healthy and sustainable agricultural soils must balance a range of functions to meet the needs of both the farmer and the broader community. They must support and sustain soil biota and plant life, decompose organic matter, suppress pathogens, store and cycle water and nutrients, deactivate toxic compounds, and protect catchment water quality. In this course, you'll learn about the physical and chemical properties of soils and how to classify them. Includes material on soil landscapes, profiles, horizons, and key properties of different soil groups.
Duration: 3 hours

The value of a soil for growing plants will be determined by both the chemical and physical properties of that soil. In this course, you will learn about the chemical and physical make-up of soils and plant nutrient requirements. Includes material on rock types, minerals, natural soil development (including weathering), fertility and plant nutrition, texture and effect on plant growth, and structure and its effect on plant growth.
Duration: 1.5 hours

A number of major soil related problems can occur. Some are inherent in the nature of the soil itself and other are man-made. In this course, you will learn about the range of problems that affect soils. Includes material on structural decline, water repellence, erosion, hard layers (including cementation), acidifcation, and alkalinity and sodicity. Also discusses salinity and control methods for salinity.
Duration: 4 hours

Conservation farming is any system or practice which aims to conserve soil and water by using surface cover (mulch) to minimise runoff and erosion and improve the conditions for plant establishment and growth.It involves planting crops and pastures directly into land which is protected by mulch using minimum or no-tillage techniques. In this course, you will learn about conservation farming and other types of remediation and soil protection methods used in agriculture, including alley farming, controlled traffic farming, earthworms, pest management, and more.
Duration: 2 hours

In this course, you will learn about the nutrient requirements for specific crops; when and what to apply prior to seeding, soil requirements; pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur, potassium and more. Includes material on wheat, oats, barley, chickpeas, canola, faba beans, and grapes. Useful for people with existing knowledge moving into broadacre, and people working with crop farmers and management.
Duration: 1.5 hours
Learn about feed and nutrition in commercial beef cattle production systems.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn about the different beef production systems such as cattle handling facilities, dips and spray races, types of identification, dehorning methods, castration, vaccines and treatments.
Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours

Learn the major animal breeding programs, artificial selection for milk production, artificial insemination.
Duration: 1+ hours

Learn to manage the wellbeing of a dairy cow, including consideration of its health and vigour, to optimise quality and quantity of production.
Duration: 1 + hours

In this course, you will learn different characteristics, including their nature and scope, of dairy products.
Duration: 1+ hours

Learn how to manage general husbandry operations for the dairy cow. Learn about feeding, grooming, nutrition, factors affecting general health of cows and more.
Duration: 1.5+ hours

In this course, you will learn about the differences between different pig varieties being farmed; the physical facilities of a pig farm including buildings and equipment; sustainability and environmental aspects to be considered in pig farming.
Duration: 1.5+ hours

Learn the procedures used in the feeding of pigs, such as: energy requirements, nutritional ratios, protein and micro-nutrient requirements, feeding on pasture and more.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about rice cultivation. Rice is one of the most important agricultural commodities in the world. Rice is a staple of diets all over the world, and considered the most important human food. Approximately 50% of the global population eats rice on a regular basis, with 40% depending on rice as a major food source.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn about the production systems and uses of important cool and warm season pulse crops grown around the world.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Classify important existing and emerging grains (cereals) grown around the world and explain the production systems both large and small scale, used for growing, harvesting and storing grains in different countries.
Duration: 2 hours

Select appropriate pig breeds for different purposes.
Explain the management of the breeding of pigs.
Duration: 2 hours

Explain the procedures used in the management of health in pigs.
Duration: 2 hours

Explain the management of husbandry operations associated with a boar.
Duration: 2 hours

Explain the management of husbandry operations associated with a sow and litter.
Duration: 2 hours

Explain the management of husbandry operations associated with farming pigs for slaughter.
Duration: 2 hours

Develop different strategies for marketing of pigs and pig products, including both traditional and innovative approaches.
Duration: 2 hours

Sheep were one of the first animals to be domesticated by man. Over time, selection for wool type, hair, flocking instinct and other economically important traits has resulted in numerous distinct breeds of sheep occurring worldwide. Modern breeding schemes have also resulted in an increasing number of composite or synthetic breeds which are the result of a crossing of two or more established breeds.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Select sheep to be used for different production purposes and explain the techniques used in sheep commercial breeding.
Duration: 2 hours

Sheep are ruminants and have a compound stomach made up of four organs: the rumen, the reticulum, the omasum and the abomasum. The abomasum is the "true" stomach. Digestion takes place by a combination of mechanical and chemical methods.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Explain common diseases affecting sheep and the procedures used in managing the health of sheep.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Lambing is the most important time in the cycle of sheep production and the time when good management is vital. Lambing can be looked upon as "harvest time" for the sheep farmer. Many farmers lose up to 25% of their lambs before weaning which is a great waste of both stock and money. Each year many lambs die before weaning. The sheep farmer should aim for a lamb mortality of below 10% with 5% being the target. The following points can help to avoid unnecessary deaths at lambing.
Care
Duration: 1.5 hours

Explain the processes involved in handling wool after shearing.
Duration: 1.5 hours

Explain the techniques used in managing the marketing of sheep and sheep products.
Duration: 2 hours

When you create a permaculture system, you need to understand how all of the components of that ecosystem work together in order to make appropriate choices about the components you introduce into the system, the way you introduce them and the way you manage them. Permaculture is about self-reliance through community, not self-sufficiency.
Duration: 2.5 - 3.0 hours

In this course, you will learn the role of different aquaculture production systems in permaculture, from pond sizes, what species to grow, harvesting techniques, water quality, biological filter systems, fish feeding.

Duration: 1.5 hours

Learn about the main pseudograins (quinoa, chia, amaranth, sesame seed, buckwheat), common varieties, cultivation, harvesting and properties.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the role of grazing animals in permaculture systems.
Duration: 2.0 to 2.5 hours

For successful production of grain crops, various types of farming infrastructure are required in addition to natural resources such as land, water and a suitable climate. This infrastructure varies according to the region, crops grown, and financial status of the farmer and so on. This course is designed to help you understand relevant farm infrastructure, equipment, vehicles and supplies required for successful production of cereal/grain crops.


Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn how to improve farm viability, saving costs and potentially adding an extra income stream, through farm agroforestry..
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about farming deer - the type of deer to farm, how managing deer differs to other livestock, grazing systems, marketing potential, the products produced, and more.
Duration: 5 hours

Learn about beef cattle breeding and its significance to production.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the main principles of feedlot production and management.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn how to manage a commercial beef herd.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about the nature and scope of beef cattle production.
Duration: 4 hours

Learn about common parasites that infect cattle and appropriate management strategies.
Duration: 2 hours

Learn about stud herd management for beef production.
Duration: 3.5 hours

Learn about beef cattle health and disease.
Duration: 4 hours

Sustainable agriculture is a long-term answer to this scenario. As with any business enterprise, long-term goals should be in place to give the business a direction that will see it running successfully for generations to come. With this course you will learn about changing an existing farm to a sustainable property, pre-planning, monitoring your farm system, socioeconomic considerations, organic certification schemes, production planning and more.
Duration: 2 hours

Sustainable agriculture is a philosophy: it is a system of farming. It empowers the farmer to work with natural processes to conserve resources such as soil and water, whilst minimising waste and environmental impact. With this course you will learn more about how to evaluate a site, what land carrying capacity and land potential are, and key indicators for sustainable agriculture.
Duration: 4 hours

for a farm to remain sustainable, certain minimum productivity levels must be maintained. Learn to select crops that are in high demand where possible so that your business can remain economically sustainable. With this course you will also learn about grain and other broad acre crops, row and cover crops, hay and silage, quality control, hydroponic fodder.
Duration: 4 hours

Some small level of pest and disease damage may be acceptable. However, pest and disease damage/ infestation can render some produce virtually worthless, as it cannot be sold at a fair price. That is the reason why learning about natural/organic forms to control pests and diseases in so important. With this course you will learn how to use pesticides, physical and biological controls, sprays and dusts, companion plants, legislation.

Duration: 5 hours

Whilst the actual definition of sustainable farming varies somewhat, conservation and rejuvenation of agricultural soils are essential elements of any sustainable agricultural system. Healthy soil is crucial to root development and general health. To achieve this, we must care for our soil, adding nutrients and increasing organic matter in a sustainable way. With this course you will learn about growing media, major types of soil problems, soil sodicity, salinity, erosion, cultivation techniques, plant nutrition, earthworms, nitrogen fixing, composting and more.


Duration: 4 hours

Sustainability aims to optimise the long- and short-term productivity of a property, whereas traditional farming has often aimed to optimise the short-term production of individual farm products. With this course you will learn the possible problems of livestock production, production systems, land care practices, pastures, how much animals graze, grazing methods, guidelines for raising different livestock.
Duration: 4 hours

There is a variety of ways of growing plants that work with nature rather than against it. Some techniques have been used for centuries. With this course you will learn the main topics in sustainable agriculture, such as organic farming, whole farm planning, systems thinking in sustainable agriculture, permaculture, minimal cultivation, no dig techniques, biodynamics, crop rotation, seed saving, urban farming, hydroponics, aquaponics, vertical farming, environmentally friendly farming.
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

The generally accepted definition of a weed is any plant that, for some reason or other, is unwanted in a particular position. Once it is determined that a particular plant or group of plants is a weed, we need to select a suitable method to control it. Usually, chemical methods are the first choice to control weeds in farms. With this course you will learn how to identify weeds, ways to control them without chemicals, check soil condition, biological weed control, chemical control, herbicides and more.

Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

Science and technology has enhanced our understanding of the natural world. Commercial research and development of our ever expanding scientific knowledge has created a continually evolving range of products geared to improving farm sustainability. This course covers topics in technology such as precision agriculture, machines and tools, drones, wearable technology, robotics, computer technology, fertilisers and soil conditioners, chemical pesticides and herbicides, soil microbes, biotechnology and sustainable agriculture, cloning, problems for biotechnology and more.
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

Tree plantings and windbreaks are significant aspects of farms. Trees play an important role in ensuring that our agricultural lands remain in good health. Much of Australia’s farmland, like that of many nations, has been extensively cleared. Many of the remaining trees in agricultural areas are in poor health, with many suffering from dieback. With this course you will learn about agroforestry, timber trees, fodder trees, windbreaks, firebreaks, habitat corridors for wildlife, tree planting methods.

Duration: 4 hours

Water, its quantity and quality, can be a major determining factor in the success or failure of a farm. These features also have an influence on determining how the water will be used on the farm. Learn how to sustainable manage water systems. This course covers topics such as water usage, methods of water storage, rainwater collection and storage, livestock water requirements, problems with water, mosquitoes, algal blooms, livestock contamination, water quality, water saving measures, water wastage, reed beds, swales and keylines, irrigation systems, maintenance procedures and scheduling and more.
Duration: 3 hours

Learn about the value of fodder trees for livestock and how to select them. Most grazing animals normally graze on pasture but in some circumstances, trees can be an equally valuable source food source. This is particularly so when pasture and other foliage is dry. Here, tree foliage can supplement other food sources.
Duration: 2.5 hours

Healthy soil is teaming with microscopic bacteria and other organisms that are critical to plant health. Understanding the soil microbiome is key to managing soils for better plant growth and environmental sustainability. Microorganisms help plants acquire nutrients, they capture carbon (providing an important carbon sink), and so much more. Learn about biostimulants, cover crops and other fundamentals.