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In the past organic farm production was often considered as being only for radicals or hippies. Now it is seen as a viable economic move – with benefits to the farm soil, to the environment, and to the purchasers of the products. An organic approach can contribute toward making a farm more financially viable in several ways:
1. First, it is a low input way of farming. You do not need to invest so much money in expensive chemicals and fertilisers. However, any declines in initial production are balanced against these reduced costs.
2. Second, it is less likely to result in land degradation than many other production methods; hence the long-term cost of sustaining production is less.
3. Thirdly, public demand for organic produce has markedly increased over recent years.
Some of the reasons for the increase in public demand for organic produce are:
Farms raise animals or plants. At a certain stage of growth, produce is obtained from the animal or plant, sometimes by killing the organism (eg. to obtain meat), and sometimes removing something (eg. eggs, fruit, wool), without killing the organism. In some cases whole plant may need to be raised again from seed or cutting.
For most farm products, there are different ways of producing the "final product" (ie. different production systems).
The following are examples of variables in both conventional and organic farming systems:
Choosing a Production System
Why choose one system rather than another?
ORGANIC FARMING - BAG305
Duration: 100 Hours (you study at your own pace).
There are ten lessons in this module as follows:
1.Introduction to Organic Farming – scope, nature, history, types of organic farming
2.Integrated Farm Management Systems – rotation design, cash crops, managing
waste, permaculture, polyculture, biodynamics etc
3.Organic Management Issues – certification, environmental concerns, marketing, PR
4.Organic Soil Management and Crop Nutrition –composting, mulching, green
manuring, cover crops, organic fertilisers
5.Weed Management : selecting appropriate techniques of control, weed identification
6.Pest and Disease Management: Animals & Plants
7.Livestock Management I: Beef, Dairy, Sheep and Pigs.
8.Livestock Management II :Poultry, Goats, Alpacas, Ostriches, Deer
9. Pasture: Pasture Varieties, Management Principles, Intensive systems, nitrogen
fixation, correct seed mix, risks with legumes,
10.Crops (eg. Wheat, Plant Fibre, Hay and Silage, Mung Beans, Sesame seed, etc)
WHAT YOU WILL DO IN THIS COURSE
Here are just some examples of the type of things you may do in this course:
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College Graduate vs. Non-Graduate Earnings
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