Feb 07, 2023
AGA 129 - Intro to Sustainable Agricul Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
This course will provide a broad introduction to the economic, environmental and cultural components of the food production and marketing systems popularly known as sustainable agriculture. Subjects covered include the meaning of sustainable agriculture; its emergence and growth as a social movement; pertinent soil, crop and livestock management practices and a global perspective on sustainability and 21st-century agriculture.
- Define sustainable agriculture and its’ impact on society.
- Develop a workable definition of sustainable agriculture.
- Identify conflicting definitions for sustainable agriculture.
- Evaluate the envrionmental, economic and social components of an agricultural production and marketing system within the framework of sustainability.
- Discuss the environmental impact of sustainability and agriculture.
- Review the economic impact of sustainability in production agriculture.
- Determine which barriers limit sustainable agricultural production systems.
- Explain the market limitations for a sustainable agricultural system.
- Discuss elementary soil, crop and livestock management practices integral to sustainable agriculture, including biologically active soils, ecological pest management and rotational grazing.
- Review basic soil practices relevant to establishing soil sustainability.
- Determine which livestock practices coincide with sustainable practices.
- Review integrated pest management (IPM) for sustainable controls.
- Design a sustainable rotational grazing system for cattle, sheep and goat production.
- Trace the recent cultural and politicaly history of sustainable agricultural production and marketing systems, including organic certification.
- Review current and pending legislation that will impact agricultural production sustainability.
- Identify the organizations and associations that play a role in sustainability discussions.
- Explain the cultural impact on agricultural sustainability as a societal change.
- Review the requirements for organic certification as an alternative for sustainability.
- Analyze the environmental impact of contemporary agriculture and assess the potential for alternative practices to mitigate its effects.
- Complete an analysis of the impact of contemporary agriculture on society.
- Discuss the potential of alternative practices to mitigate current production practices.
- Design a sustainable production system for plant and animal systems.
- Develop informed decisions regarding personal dietary choices.
- Review current nutritional choices and their impact of current production practices.
- Design a nutrition plan using a community based approach for production.
- Create a cost analysis for community based agricultural production site.
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