Agriculture @ Barker
Agriculture is offered at Barker from Year 9 up to Year 12.
Agriculture in the News
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- For Ag students in Stages 5 and 6
- Guided revision of Preliminary/HSC courses
- Assistance with assessment tasks and research
Time: THURSDAYS 3:40 - 8:00PM
Agriculture in the Curriculum
Farming Ahead journal - Kondinin Group
Hard copies of the journal can be found on the non fiction shelves at 630.94 FAR.
This is an excellent journal for the Senior Agriculture course, covering topics such as technology in agriculture, current research trials, innovations in cropping e.g. wheat.
"Free range" eggs
"The free range egg business is booming in Australia. Consumers’ desire to back better animal welfare and support free range egg producers has contributed to free range being the fastest growing egg sector, with growth expected at eight times that of caged eggs. It is far from a niche product, with 65% of Australians buying free range eggs in the past 12 months.
However, with no national standard for free range eggs, consumers are being sold eggs under the free range label that do not meet a common sense definition of free range. Consumers pay a premium for free range eggs, but there is no guarantee they are getting what they pay for. Not only are consumers being ripped off, but the current environment creates uncertainty for free range egg farmers and presents significant costs to government."
Excerpt from: Free range eggs: making the choice meaningful, CHOICE magazine, June 2015.
Find the full article in the pdf below.
Follow up article: Free range eggs buying guide ( Aug, 2017 )
Apps for Agriculture
CluckAR - The Augmented Reality Free Range Egg Detector
CluckAR is a revolutionary little tool from the CHOICE New Things Lab, inspired by CHOICE’s tireless campaigning for better, more meaningful free-range egg labelling. While the CSIRO Model Code recommends that layer hens are stocked at a maximum density of 1,500 per hectare – so they can scratch, peck, move around, and generally enjoy the outdoors – some eggs with “free range” on the carton are from farms stocked as densely as 10,000 hens per hectare.
Consumers have told us that 10,000 hens per hectare is not what they picture when they pay extra for free-range eggs. But with CluckAR, you can simply point your smartphone camera at a carton in the supermarket, and get a clear picture of which brands are selling eggs from the most chilled-out, happy hens. And it’s powered by CHOICE’s unbiased, up-to-date research, so you can be sure you’re getting independent advice on which eggs are worth, well, shelling out for.
The NSW WeedWise app provides key information to help users reduce the impact of noxious and environmental weeds in New South Wales (NSW). The app profiles over 300 weeds, describing their legal requirements under the Noxious Weeds Act 1993, control information and registered herbicide options.
Users, ranging from home gardeners and residents to farmers, land managers and weeds professionals, can search or browse weed names (common or scientific); recognise a weed by its physical description and image gallery; and find out about its impacts, where it occurs, how it spreads and its preferred habitat.
Land Degradation - the Australian Collaboration
The Australian Collaboration is a consortium of peak national community organisations representing social, cultural and environmental interests.
A number of reports, fact sheets and study guides are avilable for download, including this one on the causes and effects of land degration in relation to agriculture.
Milk pricing in Australia
"The Australian dairy farmer is back in the public eye after wo the the country's biggest dairy processors made devastating cuts to the price they pay farmers for their milk, causing havoc across the country." Choice, Sept 2016.