Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

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Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

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This course will cover the agricultural and urban water quality issues in Florida, their bases, land and nutrient management strategies, and the science and policy behind the best management practices (BMPs). Students will learn to evaluate BMP research and analyze its role in determining practices and policies that protect water quality.
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9/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 5 months ago
If you eat food, if you care about the environment, and if you are interested in how to provide for our present needs without damaging the planet for future generations, this is a good primer. There are some specific farm management practices addressed, mainly from Florida, one of our leading agricultural states, but not in great detail. For some international students who are already farming, this is a good introduction into practices they aren't familiar with and could boost their productivity and profit while at the same time conserve resources. For a young person exploring new career ideas, this would be a great introduction to the fact that we need more farmers as well as current philosophies behind food production and land management. The discussion boards were amazing, and took up the largest segment of time I spent on course work--not because I had to, but because I enjoyed communicating with the diverse international group t... If you eat food, if you care about the environment, and if you are interested in how to provide for our present needs without damaging the planet for future generations, this is a good primer. There are some specific farm management practices addressed, mainly from Florida, one of our leading agricultural states, but not in great detail. For some international students who are already farming, this is a good introduction into practices they aren't familiar with and could boost their productivity and profit while at the same time conserve resources. For a young person exploring new career ideas, this would be a great introduction to the fact that we need more farmers as well as current philosophies behind food production and land management. The discussion boards were amazing, and took up the largest segment of time I spent on course work--not because I had to, but because I enjoyed communicating with the diverse international group that were taking the class with me. There is an optional project to complete to get the highest certificate, which I did not do. I thought there wouldn't be opportunity to complete it before the end of the course. Apparently I could have still done it even without reporting on any final outcomes. I hope the class is offered again and I highly recommend it.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 6 months ago
Very useful course chock full of information. At times, the lectures seem long and if you're not careful you can find yourself drifting off a little. But it's easy to rewind and pick back up. Instructor knows the material well and does a good job of conveying his knowledge although at times he seems to focus a little bit too much on his own geographic area. This does not effect the content or the quality of the lectures at all -- it just lends itself to the drifting off I mentioned earlier. The discussion forums are very diverse -- several enviromentalist promoting their ideology, several foreign students looking for useful information about best management practices, some large scale farmers and some small scale farmers and even a few scientists. The class participation rules are not very clear. I am not sure if I have met the goal or not although I actively participate in the forums. The quizzes come from the covered material and f... Very useful course chock full of information. At times, the lectures seem long and if you're not careful you can find yourself drifting off a little. But it's easy to rewind and pick back up. Instructor knows the material well and does a good job of conveying his knowledge although at times he seems to focus a little bit too much on his own geographic area. This does not effect the content or the quality of the lectures at all -- it just lends itself to the drifting off I mentioned earlier. The discussion forums are very diverse -- several enviromentalist promoting their ideology, several foreign students looking for useful information about best management practices, some large scale farmers and some small scale farmers and even a few scientists. The class participation rules are not very clear. I am not sure if I have met the goal or not although I actively participate in the forums. The quizzes come from the covered material and focus on the most important parts of the lectures which is really helpful given how long the lectures are. The grading scale, at least on the quizzes, is fair. I'd recommend this course for anyone with an interest in land management or best management practices.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
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6 years, 7 months ago
I'm a permaculture designer and educator by profession so I already had some knowledge of this subject and am keenly interested. I learned a lot of the scientific basis to back up my environmentalist focus. (For example, I learned how much water is actually available to us, how much we are wasting. And I learned more details and examples of how ecological issues affect the bottom line of agriculture and other human operations. Very helpful! Dr. Hochmuth's lectures were excellent - - very informative and straightforward. I also particularly liked his inclusion of PDF files with written transcripts of the lectures. This was very helpful for looking up details later, and clarifying my understanding. The forum point grading process was not clear at first but the faculty cleared up our confusions by answering the questions about this that we posted on the forums. I've only taken one other MOOC. The Sustainable Agriculture course is more p... I'm a permaculture designer and educator by profession so I already had some knowledge of this subject and am keenly interested. I learned a lot of the scientific basis to back up my environmentalist focus. (For example, I learned how much water is actually available to us, how much we are wasting. And I learned more details and examples of how ecological issues affect the bottom line of agriculture and other human operations. Very helpful! Dr. Hochmuth's lectures were excellent - - very informative and straightforward. I also particularly liked his inclusion of PDF files with written transcripts of the lectures. This was very helpful for looking up details later, and clarifying my understanding. The forum point grading process was not clear at first but the faculty cleared up our confusions by answering the questions about this that we posted on the forums. I've only taken one other MOOC. The Sustainable Agriculture course is more practical and seems to be attracting a more practical-minded, hands-on kind of person than the other course. (Pretty much what I would expect.) The forums on this Sustainable Agriculture course attract a lot more participation than the other course.
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