sus330 | undergraduate

Introduction To Sustainable Agriculture

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This course introduces principles in sustainable agriculture as it relates to environmental and socioeconomic issues. Students evaluate the environmental impact of conventional agriculture and the solutions that sustainable agriculture provides. Students examine the principles and effectiveness of sustainable agriculture and its ability to meet the global demand for food. Upon completion of the course, students are able to analyze issues regarding sustainable agriculture and its effects on society and the environment.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Adopting Sustainable Practices in Agriculture

    • Describe how farmers acquire knowledge to adopt sustainable practices.
    • Assess which policies are needed to support sustainable agricultural practices.
    • Explain the theories that drive agricultural innovation.

    Conventional and Sustainable Agricultural Systems

    • Explain the ecological function of soil.
    • Assess the impacts of conventional farming practices on agricultural systems.
    • Analyze the components used to define sustainable agriculture.

    Principles in Sustainable Agriculture

    • Assess the components in sustainable agricultural design.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of applying ecological principles to sustainable agriculture.
    • Determine the role of biodiversity in sustainably managing agricultural systems.

    Ecologically Based Soil Management

    • Describe how soil organisms and soil organic matter promote plant growth.
    • Explain nutrient cycling and its role in plant growth.
    • Determine how sustainable agricultural practices maintain soil fertility.

    Socioeconomic Impacts of Sustainable Practices on Agricultural Systems

    • Assess the claims made by proponents of industrial farming and sustainable agriculture.
    • Explain the changes in community business patterns associated with sustainable agriculture.
    • Evaluate the socioeconomic impacts for adopting sustainable agricultural methods.
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