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Course Overview

Farming and Agriculture are huge industries across Australia with lucrative job opportunities for those people not afraid to roll up their sleeves! In this course learn the skills necessary to not only secure work on a farm but to progress into Farm Management roles and even start your own business! This course is ideal for those people who already have experience in farming and are now looking to take their career to the next level! 

Learn how to handle business financials, risk and human resources in relation to farms. Also learn about sustainable farming practises.

An agricultural science degree is a big commitment! Get through this course first then tackle University with confidence!

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Strategic Planning

  • Planning procedures
  • Policy formulation approach
  • Strategic management approach
  • Initial strategy approach
  • Farm business structures
  • Management plans
  • Financial terminology and the money market
  • Finding finance; rural finance sources
  • Financial terminology and record keeping
  • Contract law
  • Elements of a simple contract
  • Offers, acceptance, consideration
  • Strategic plans
  • Trusts

Business Plans

  • Farm planning
  • Quality management systems
  • Whole farm planning
  • Preparing a business plan
  • Integrated production plans

Business Assessment

  • Business goals
  • Factors involved in business assessment
  • Considering factors affecting your business
  • Drawing conclusions

Viability Analysis

  • Assessing profit
  • Risk analysis and managing risk
  • Standards; cost efficiency
  • Cost of production
  • Quality and quantity standards
  • Financial records
  • The bookkeeping process
  • End of period accounting
  • Cash flow
  • Example of budget
  • Sensitivity analysis

Management Strategies

  • Organising the workplace
  • Scheduling; production systems
  • System variables
  • Animal production systems
  • Lot feeding
  • Cropping systems
  • Polyculture
  • Office systems
  • Computers
  • Business diversification
  • Value adding

Human Resources

  • Supervision
  • Organisational structures
  • Leadership
  • Workplace changes
  • Interviewing, recruitment and staff induction
  • Giving instructions
  • Managing human resources
  • Work scheduling
  • Occupational Health and safety
  • Duty of care
  • Protective equipment
  • Dealing with chemicals
  • Handling tools and equipment
  • Safety auditing

Physical Resources

  • Managing equipment
  • Machinery and building
  • Managing physical resources
  • Engineering efficiency
  • Animal structures

Natural Resources

  • Regulations and legislation
  • Land care programs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Trees; erosion control
  • Soil degradation
  • Salinity
  • Soil acidification
  • Compaction
  • Chemical residues
  • Water management
  • Water quality
  • Irrigation and watering systems

Introduction to sustainable farming

  • Whole farm planning
  • Land Management programs
  • Sustainable ways of farming
  • Natural farming
  • Organic farming
  • Permaculture
  • No Dig techniques
  • Biodynamics

Soils

  • Growing media
  • Major types of soil problems
  • Soil structural decline
  • Erosion
  • Salinity
  • Acidification
  • Soil improvements
  • Phytotoxicity
  • Adding organic matter to soils
  • Cultivation techniques
  • Conservation tillage
  • Plant nutrition
  • Soil life
  • Cover crops

Water

  • Types of water storage
  • Livestock water requirements
  • Water problems
  • Water quality
  • Reed beds
  • Water saving measures
  • Recycling
  • Swales and Keylines
  • Irrigation systems

Land Care

  • Weed Management
  • Preventative measures
  • Tree management
  • Timber lots/plantations
  • Wind breaks
  • Wildlife corridors
  • Wildlife habitats
  • Pest and diseases

Financial Sustainability

  • Economic principles
  • Developing a Farm Business Plan
  • Financial plan
  • Controlling growth
  • Value adding
  • Enterprise mix
  • Eco-tourism

Broad Management Strategies

  • Toward better planning
  • Land care or land management
  • New enterprises
  • Broad management categories
  • Marketing
  • Personal welfare
  • Plan drawing of farm
  • Looking at risk
  • Quality systems

Plant Enterprises

  • Crop management
  • Hydroponic fodder
  • Hay
  • Considering new crops
  • Nuts
  • Organic farming
  • Agro-forestry
  • Hydroponics
  • Herbs

Animal Enterprises

  • Deer
  • Ostriches
  • Emus
  • Alpacas
  • llama
  • Goats
  • Aquaculture
  • Wool and meat production
  • Horses

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Online 24/7 access to your course allowing you to study when it suits your schedule
  • Access to a variety of learning formats including ebooks, self assessment tests and assignments
  • Tutoring services to ensure no question you have goes unanswered.
  • A lifetime loyalty discount of 20% off all your tools and products from our industry partner.
  • A certificate of attainment upon completion.
  • Tutor support service available to you by phone and email 6 days a week.

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