This module is designed to introduce students to the main concepts of organic agriculture. The module provides students with the knowledge and skills to apply organic farming principles to production, to meet market requirements and apply organic standards in compliance with EU and Irish legislation. Topics to be covered include the factors to be considered in the conversion from a conventional to an organic system, maintenance of soil fertility, rotations, nutrient management, pest and disease control in crops, principles of organic livestock production and the marketing of organic produce.
Sustainable development goals referenced within the module include: No poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, and Life on Land.
Outline the principles of organic production including regulations and standards of organic production for crop and livestock systems
Discuss the factors to be considered in the conversion to organic production
Describe and discuss the maintenance of soil fertility, prevention and control of weeds, diseases and pests in an organic cropping system.
Compare and contrast the principles of livestock production on an organic farm compared to a conventional farm.
Evaluate the economic viability and market opportunities for organic production including EU and national supports