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Sound economic thinking is crucial for farmers because they depend on good economic decision making to survive. Governments depend on economic information to make good policy decisions on behalf of the community. This course will help you to contribute to better decision making by farmers, or by agencies servicing agriculture, and it will help you to understand why farmers respond to policies and economic opportunities in the ways they do. You can use this course to improve your skills and knowledge, and to assess whether this is a subject that you'd like to study further. The course includes high-quality video lectures, interviews with experts, demonstrations of how to build economic models in spreadsheets, practice quizzes, and a range of recommended readings and optional readings. Assessment is by a final exam. The key economic principles that we’ll learn about can help us understand changes that have occurred in agriculture, and support improved decision making about things like agricultural production methods, agricultural input levels, resource conservation, and the balance between agricultural production and its environmental impacts. There are literally thousands of agricultural economists around the world who work on these issues, so there is a wealth of knowledge to draw on for the course. Watch a brief video about our course here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_IeYGpeqV8...
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Sous-titres : English
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Cours en ligne à 100 %

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Calendar

Dates limites flexibles

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Beginner Level

Niveau débutant

Clock

Recommandé : 7 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week

Approx. 17 heures pour terminer
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English

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1

Section
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3 heures pour terminer

Agricultural production and prices, and agriculture’s reliance on natural resources

Week 1 provides a history of agricultural production and prices, an examination into the reasons behind changes in production and prices, and discussions of the 2007 global food crisis and agriculture’s usage of resources. ...
Reading
11 vidéos (Total 63 min), 9 lectures, 1 quiz
Video11 vidéos
Video - History of agricultural production and prices2 min
Video - Agricultural products' supply4 min
Video - Agricultural products' demand6 min
Video - The 2007 food price crisis12 min
Video - Food security4 min
Video - Resource usage 1: Land and soils4 min
Video - Resource usage 2: Water4 min
Video - Resource usage 3: Nutrients4 min
Video - Resource usage 4: Pesticides4 min
Video - Interview - Kadambot Siddique, Institute of Agriculture, University of Western Australia8 min
Reading9 lectures
Optional Viewing - The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #110 min
Optional Reading - Economics Basics: Supply and Demand10 min
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussion 266: Supply and Demand: The Wool Crisis10 min
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 178: Betting on Wheat Prices10 min
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 284: The world food price crisis of 200710 min
Optional Viewing - The Corn Controversy: Food or Fuel10 min
Optional Reading - The Food Price Crisis of 2007/2008: Evidence and Implications10 min
Optional Reading - Causes of the 2007-2008 global food crisis identified10 min
Optional Reading - The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Quiz - Agricultural production and prices, and agriculture’s reliance on natural resources20 min

2

Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Resource and environmental challenges facing agriculture

Week 2 addresses the agricultural issues of water availability, peak phosphorus, herbicide resistance, and climate change....
Reading
9 vidéos (Total 64 min), 8 lectures, 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
Video - Pesticide bans5 min
Video - Dryland salinity8 min
Video - Resource exhaustibility: phosphorus supply12 min
Video - Resource exhaustibility: water shortages5 min
Video - Resource exhaustibility: herbicide resistance9 min
Video - Climate change4 min
Video - Climate policy and adaptation4 min
Video - Interview - Michael Robertson, CSIRO8 min
Reading8 lectures
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussion 261: Agricultural water pollution10 min
Optional Reading - Protecting Water Quality from Agricultural Runoff10 min
Optional Reading - Pannell Discussion 26: Dryland salinity in Australia10 min
Optional Reading - Phosphorus: Essential to Life – Are we running out?10 min
Optional Reading - Can Australia overcome its Water Scarcity Problems?10 min
Optional Reading - Pannell Discussion 57: Herbicide resistance: Does prevention pay?10 min
Optional Reading - Pannell Discussions 230: Future climate change and wheat yields in Western Australia10 min
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 168: Telling farmers how to adapt to climate change10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
Resource and environmental challenges facing agriculture20 min

3

Section
Clock
2 heures pour terminer

The economics of agricultural inputs

Week 3 looks at the relationship between inputs and outputs, the optimal level of an input, the question of pollution from inputs, and flat payoff functions....
Reading
9 vidéos (Total 56 min), 4 lectures, 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
Video - Fertiliser and Crop Yield5 min
Video - Production functions4 min
Video - Profit maximisation7 min
Video - Building a spreadsheet to maximise profit11 min
Video - Effects of price and yield changes on optimal fertiliser use4 min
Video - Considering pollution in input decisions7 min
Video - Flat payoff functions6 min
Video - Interview - David Brown, Farmer, Burracoppin, Western Australia5 min
Reading4 lectures
Optional reading - world data on fertilizers10 min
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussion 277: Perfection isn’t best10 min
Optional Reading - Determining Optimum Nitrogen Application Rates for Corn10 min
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 88: Flat-earth economics10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
The economics of agricultural inputs20 min

4

Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

The economics of land conservation

Week 4 focuses on evaluating land conservation practices, weighing benefits and costs correctly, non-economic factors, and provides an example in conservation agriculture....
Reading
9 vidéos (Total 84 min), 6 lectures, 1 quiz
Video9 vidéos
Video - Benefits and costs of resource conservation over time5 min
Video - Accounting for time12 min
Video - Discounting5 min
Video - Building a spreadsheet for discounting benefits and costs10 min
Video - Case study: conservation agriculture17 min
Video - Drivers of farmers’ decision-making11 min
Video - Interview - Mike McFarlane, farmer, Doodlakine, Western Australia9 min
Video - Interview - Greg Shea, WA Department of Agriculture and Food6 min
Reading6 lectures
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 33: Time is money10 min
Recommended Reading - Pannell Discussions 268: Conservation Agriculture in Developing Countries10 min
Optional Reading - The farm-level economics of conservation agriculture for resource-poor farmers.10 min
Recommended Reading - Adoption of conservation practices by rural landholders10 min
Optional Reading - Pannell Discussions 203: Predicting adoption of new farming practices10 min
Help with the calculations for Week 4 Quiz10 min
Quiz1 exercice pour s'entraîner
The economics of land conservation20 min
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Meilleurs avis

par NTDec 22nd 2017

Excellent course and presenter! I is very useful to revise important economic and environmental concepts and also to learn more agriculture. It is very useful for me.\n\nThanks Prof. David

par RCDec 19th 2016

Interesting course on Agriculture and Economics, very useful to revise important economic concepts and also to learn more about agriculture. Highly recommended.

Enseignants

Professor David Pannell, BSc(Agric), BEc, PhD

Head of School of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Western Australia

Jacob Hawkins, BA(Biol), MESM, PhD

School of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Western Australia

À propos de University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia (UWA) was established in 1911 and continues to set the standard for other West Australian universities. Staff, students and graduates from the University have been recognised at state, national and international levels, and UWA continues to confirm its standing as one of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities. UWA's leaders and researchers work in partnership with three domestic and international networks, the Group of Eight, Matariki and the Worldwide Universities Network....

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