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Fast agriculture facts

This is a video giving statistical information about Australian farmers and the food and fibre they produce. It is presented by Will, a primary-school-aged boy, who points out that farmers are innovative, tech-savvy and responsive to research. The video uses scenes of Australian farms and text and graphics on screen to ...

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Investigating technologies in agriculture

This is a teacher resource containing a series of inquiry teaching sequences about the role that technologies play in the production of food and fibre in Australia. It contains material to assist the planning, implementing and assessing a study of a range of primary industries and the innovative methods and equipment they ...

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Why was agriculture so important?

This 10 minute video in 2 parts offers an overview of the development of agricultural practices in ancient societies. Part 1 discusses the limitations of foraging for food, and the advantages of farming - the domestication of animals and plants for nutrition. This move to agriculture meant humans changed also - technologically, ...

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Your place in the world: Australia's agriculture

This is a web page about calculations based on percentages, using data on Australia's agricultural production. It presents a teaching sequence on analysing Australia's main agricultural commodities. The page includes a link to a student worksheet on the application of percentages in which students complete a table and answer ...

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Investigating technologies in agriculture: teacher video

This video supports the unit of work by the same name. Presented by a classroom teacher who has trialled the unit the video reflects on the inquiry based pedagogy and the unit's value in terms of curriculum alignment and student engagement.

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Closing the gender gap in agriculture

This is a video about the gap in equality between men and women in the agriculture industry and how closing this gap could assist in the increase of food production. It includes information about the current state of the agriculture industry and presents the case for equal access for women to land, education, seeds, water, ...

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Sustainable agriculture: agri-environmental indicators

This is a web resource that provides a database of agri-environmental indicators for environmental performance of agriculture in OECD countries between 1990 and 2008. The data table can be customised, with options to view by country or by theme: land, energy, air, nutrients, soil, biodiversity, pesticides, water, farm management ...

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Tassie be dammed: agriculture and water supply

In response to prolonged periods of drought, the Tasmanian Government embarked on a plan to 'drought-proof' Tasmania. The plan includes increasing both water storage capacity and the distribution of water to farming communities. In this clip, farmers describe the effects of drought and explain what they see as the benefits ...

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Using Technology and Design in Agriculture

This is a unit of work about using design, technology and innovation to improve agricultural methods. Learning activities include: examining technology used on farms, exploring a virtual farm, looking at careers in the field of agricultural technology, examining current problems experienced in agriculture and looking at ...

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Bruce Pascoe: Aboriginal agriculture, technology and ingenuity

In 2014, Bruce Pascoe wrote a book called Dark Emu that challenged the belief that the First Australians were hunter-gatherers. In researching his book, Bruce examined the journals of the early explorers and found evidence of a complex civilisation that was using sophisticated technologies to live, farm and manage the land. ...

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Introducing Agriculture - from the paddock/ocean to the plate

This is a video about where food comes from and how it is produced. The video is presented by Amy and uses cut out animation and a spoken commentary with numerous puns and riddles to introduce and explain the concept and purpose of agriculture. Amy then details the steps in producing milk and honey. The video lasts for ...

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Australian Curriculum - Agriculture in education (a teacher's point of view)

This is a video about the value of a unit of work focusing on agriculture and food production as part of an integrated approach to Implementing the Australian Curriculum. It is presented by year 6 teacher Tathia Shield Wells and includes footage of her students making butter and growing vegetables. She explains how the ...

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The explorers’ diaries

When Sir Thomas Mitchell and Sir George Grey explored unknown regions of Australia in the 19th century, they found sophisticated examples of agriculture practised by Indigenous peoples. Writer Bruce Pascoe considers why Aboriginal agriculture, economy and civilisation were not taught to generations of Australians. Do you ...

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Natural resource fact sheet: forest resources

This resource is a two-page fact sheet, in pdf format, about forest resources in California. The first page of the fact sheet describes the types of trees grown in Californian forests, the importance and uses of forests, a history of using forests as a resource and the economic value of forests to California. The second ...

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Cotton Australia photo library

This is a library of freely reusable photos and videos of the modern Australian cotton industry. Photos and videos are of the farms, practices, crop and the technology used to grow and process the cotton crop. They include the plant at various stages, flowers, bolls, farm machinery like pickers and seeders, bales and cotton gins.

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Natural resource fact sheet: nitrogen

This resource is a two-page fact sheet, in pdf format, about the role and importance of nitrogen in agricultural systems. The first page of the fact sheet describes biological fixing of nitrogen and the history and process involved in the industrial production of nitrogen fertilisers, the different forms of nitrogen in ...

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Agricultural fact and activity sheets

This resource is a web page that contains links to over 30 two-page fact sheets, in pdf format, about agricultural products from California and related topics such as agricultural water, invasive species and nutrients essential for plant growth. The first page of each fact sheet describes the production methods and history, ...

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Fowler steam ploughing engine, 1889

This is a steam ploughing engine made in Britain by John Fowler and Co, Steam Plough Works, in 1889. The engine features a massive two-speed cable drum suspended from the underside of the boiler between the firebox and front axle. There is a canopy over the driving platform. A metal basket attached to the rear of the engine ...

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Office workers in Daniel Harvey Ltd factory, c1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of two office staff at Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural implement manufacturers.

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Norma and Thelma Dennis with plough, next to house, Smiths Gully, c1944

This is a black-and-white photograph showing two women, Norma and Thelma Dennis, standing outside their fibro house in Smiths Gully. One of the women is holding a plough. The women are wearing everyday clothes. Behind them is a trailer with the number plate 'AJ316'. A small dog sits to the side. The image is a digital scan ...