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Doane University

Sustainable Agribusiness

Doane University via edX Micromasters

Overview

The Sustainable Agriculture MicroMasters program provides you the knowledge to create a healthy environment, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. Its fundamental purpose is to help you meet current societal needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

You will learn that sustainable agriculture is more than a collection of sustainable agriculture methods and practices. It is also a process of negotiation: a push and pull between the sometimes competing interests of an individual farmer, a community, a nation, or geo-political groups as they work to solve complex problems about how to grow crops and livestock.

As a practitioner of sustainable agriculture — manager, grower, food processor, distributor, retailer, consumer, waste manager, or policymaker — the Sustainable Agriculture MicroMasters program will equip you to play a role in ensuring a sustainable agricultural system. A systems perspective is essential to understanding sustainability and implies interdisciplinary efforts.

You will gain an understanding of the importance of the sustainable agriculture system in its broadest sense, from the individual farm, to the local ecosystem, and to communities affected by crop and livestock production practices, both locally and globally. An emphasis on the system allows a larger and more thorough view of the consequences of crop and livestock practices on both human communities and the environment. A systems approach gives you the tools to explore the interconnections between agriculture and other aspects of our environment.

Farmers, laborers, policymakers, researchers, retailers, consumers, and managers have a responsibility to reach toward the goal of sustainable agriculture. This MicroMasters program provides you with the fundamental knowledge so that you can uniquely contribute to strengthen the sustainable agriculture community.

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: Agri-Food Systems Analysis

This course will provide an introduction to critical skills for understanding and evaluating sustainability metrics in relation to Agri-Food systems.



Course 2: Sustainable Agri-food Marketing

This course examines the principles and practices of sustainable marketing in the agri-food industry and marketing’s role in the creation and management of relationships with customers and other stakeholders.



Course 3: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics

Economic analysis of agricultural problems associated with use of renewable and nonrenewable environmental and natural resources.



Course 4: Agricultural Economic Modeling Tools

Learn how to utilize Agriculture Modeling tools to achieve economic and sustainability outcomes.



Course 5: Global Food Futures and Agri-food Systems Solutions

Learners will analyze proposed solutions to some of the most pressing agri-food challenges and participate in creating innovative solutions to build a global food system in the face of rapidly changing climates, minimizing harm to Earth’s natural systems.



Course 6: Sustainable Agri-food Supply Chain Management

Learn how to manage a sustainable agri-food chains that operates in a manner that exploits and optimizes the synergies among environmental protection, social fairness and economic growth.



Course 7: Sustainable Agribusiness Comprehensive Exam

Take the Comprehensive Exam and demonstrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the Sustainable Agribusiness MicroMasters program to earnyour DoaneX MicroMasters credential.



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Taught by

Dr. Kathleen Kevany, Sarah Pittoello, Chaiti Seth, Diane Dunlop, Tasha Richard, Anil Giri, Debora Sepich, Amanda McKinney, MD, FACLM and Jeffrey Frohwein

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