Sustainable Agricultural Land Management 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.
Introduction to Sustainable Agricultural Land Management
In week 1, we will introduce you to the instructor and give you and overview of the course and project.
Water Quality Issues and Regulations
In week 2, we will take a look at the big picture and some interesting examples, discuss the value of agriculture.
TMDLs & Nutrients
In week 3, we will discuss TMDLs and agriculture, agricultural soils, and the first part of nutrient fates.
Best Management Practices
For week 4, we will dig deeper into nutrient fates and talk about nutrient mass balance.
For week 5, we will look at soil management in detail and begin to discuss soil testing.
In week 6, we will continue talking about soil testing and then cover proper nutrient management.
Water for Agriculture
For week 7, we will wrap up nutrient management and then move to water for agriculture. We will dive deeper into the water of Florida and then begin the topic of irrigation management.
Agricultural Irrigation Management
For our final week, we will finish up irrigation management and conclude with an overall review.