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Organic Farming (BAG305)



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Learn about Organic Farms

Farming is a way of life for many. With it come the trials and tribulations of the weather patterns, water shortages, diseases, and pest epidemics. The flip side is when it is rewarding, it is ultra rewarding. There's nothing quite so fulfilling as working on the land, as producing crops, dairy produce or meat which is going to feed thousands of people. Organic farming is no different in this regard. Where it does differ is the focus on not using synthetic chemicals to control pests, diseases and weeds.

This course provides a solid understanding of systems and management techniques of organic farming; for both crops and livestock. Learn to appreciate the intricate relationships between different components of the farming environment. Find out how through careful management you can produce plentiful yields and healthy animals without risking damage to waterways and useful insects or wildlife. Feel better about your contribution to agriculture.


What the Course Covers

Content includes:
1. Introduction to Organic Farming
2. Organic Soil Management and Crop Nutrition
3. Systems: rotation design, cash crops, managing waste.
4. Weed Management
5. Pest and Disease Management
6. Livestock Management I
7. Livestock II
8. Pasture
9. Broadacre Crops
10. Organic Certification, Politics, Environmental Concerns, Marketing, PR



Study when, where and however much you want. For most students, the course can be completed with a total of around 100 hours of study; and a commitment close to that may be needed to achieve desired learning outcomes.

Extra Reading

The following books, available through this web site are relevant supplementary reading for this course

Profitable Farming
Animal Feed and Nutrition
Animal Health
Farm Management


Self Assessment Tests are presented throughout the course. These are essentially an automated quiz. When you undertake a "SAT" or "Self Assessment Test", you will be able to see what you got correct, and what was incorrect; and in that way, you can identify your weaknesses.

Assignments are given at the end of each lesson. You should complete this assignment, paying careful attention to follow what is asked of you. It can be just as important to learn to work to specification, as it is to learn about the topic you are studying. Graduates who develop a habit of working to specification in the field of cattle farming, will impress employers, and will be more efficient when self employed.

A Final Exam is offered upon satisfactory completion of all assignments. This is optional. If you choose to apply for and do this exam, you will have the possibility of obtaining a "formal credit" or "Pass Certification" for this course. A fee applies. The exam may be sat under prearranged conditions anywhere in the world. This college will award you a formal transcript, upon successful completion of the exam, as proof of your results.

Recognition and Ethics

This college is a member of the ACS Affiliates Network; a group of colleges from several countries, affiliated with each other through ACS Distance Education.. Courses are developed with input from all of these colleges, aspiring to reflect internationally accepted standards and needs.

A strict "No Plagiarism" and "No fraud" policy exists. Assignments are checked for plagiarism, and assignments will not be deemed to have been completed, if work is not your own original creation, and is found to have been copied from elsewhere. If the person doing the course is discovered to be different to the name enrolled, the enrolment and any results will be recorded as invalid and any fees paid will be forfeited.

Refund Policy

A full refund less expenses (up to 15% of fees applied) is provided to anyone wishing to withdraw from a course, within 2 weeks of enrolment. This does not apply after the first assignment has been submitted and marked; or after the two weeks has expired.


We believe that we have an ethical responsibility to make good use of the fees you pay and the time you invest into an education through our college. To this end, our first priority is always your learning. This comes before issues such as formal accreditations, speculative marketing and bureaucratic processes which all too often add considerable costs to the running of colleges, and take resources away from the provision of more valuable services to the student.

This college focuses on facilitating your learning and support to optimise that learning. We recognise that learning is all about improving knowledge and skills in your long term memory. While some colleges may focus on getting you to pass exams, by committing knowledge to short term memory; we understand that such an approach is not true education, and does little to improve your long term career or business prospects.


How This Course Could Help You

This course is suited to those who are currently farming and would like to change their farming practices to environmentally sustainable ones, as well as those who are planning on moving into farming and would like to establish principles before proceeding. It will suit different types of farms - dairy, livestock, crops. Farm workers, managers, consultants and specialists may also benefit.

Study this course by itself or as part of a higher level qualification along with other animal and farming studies.


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Organic Farming (BAG305) Organic Farming (BAG305)
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