Introduction to history, principles, and practices of sustainable agriculture as applied to local and global agriculture. A comparison and evaluation of sustainability of conventional agricultural practices will be made from the environmental, economic, and social perspectives ("planet, profit, and people"). Case studies and other tools will be used to relate principles of sustainable agriculture to basic farming practices.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Describe and demonstrate various techniques and management practices used to optimize agriculture from an environmental, social, and financial perspective
  • Identify environmental, social and financial factors which are important in both sustainable and conventional
  • Express and discuss the importance of sustainable agriculture as it compares to conventional agriculture
  • Utilize computer programs and agriculture related programs associated with this course and various aspects of the agriculture related industry
  • Demonstrate the implementation of planning, establishing, and maintaining agricultural operations under sustainable practices

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 48.0
Lab hours: 16.0