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Animalbehaviour.net: resources for applied ethology
Animal ethics infolink: a NSW Department of Primary Industries and Animal Research Review Panel initiative
Animal Health Australia
Ag Bio Tech InfoNet
Ag facts: agricultural information from around Australia
Agribusiness Association of Australia home
Agriculture around Australia
All about chickens for kids and teachers
Animal welfare science essays
Ausbiotech
Australian dairy industry
Australian Lot Feeders’ Association
Australian Native Plants Society (Australia)
Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
Australian Wool Innovation Limited
AUSVEG
Beef & Lamb New Zealand
Biodiversity and conservation: a hypertext book. Chapter 9, Exotic introductions
Biological control: a guide to natural enemies in North America
Birchip agronomy online
Breeds of livestock - Oklahoma State University
Bureau of Meteorology
Choose wisely: humane food
CLIMA - Centre for legumes in Mediterranean agriculture
The Cooperative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies
Cotton Australia

Countrylife online
Dairy Australia
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
Department of Primary Industries
DPI home page (Department of primary industries and fisheries)
Dr. Temple Grandin's web page: livestock behaviour, design of facilities and humane slaughter
E.H. Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation
Farmonline
Farmsafe Australia Inc: productive Australian farms free from health & safety risk
Feeding the future: sustainable agriculture: key text
Genetics Australia
Get farming Australia
Hen Welfare Advisory Group
Horticulture for tomorrow: environmental assurance for growers and industry

Institute of Foresters of Australia
LAMBPLAN - Lambplan genetic sheep evaluation
Landcare Australia
LandLearn
Landline. Australian Broadcasting Corp.
Livestock library
Meat and livestock Australia
National Farmers Federation
Northern Territory primary industry
Ohio State University Plant dictionary
Red Fox: Vulpes vulpes
Rural Skills
Soil and health library
The Sterile insect release method and other genetic control strategies
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Technology in Australia 1788 - 1988
University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
Water, diffusion and osmosis
The Weed Society of New South Wales
Weeds, the real alien invaders

Welcome to AUS-MEAT Limited
Welcome to the Elders website
Weeds, the real alien invaders
Weed Science Group
WoolProducers Australia
Wool production, testing & processing: educational resource material

Animalbehaviour.net: resources for applied ethology (external website)
The site is designed to deliver information about the behaviour of domestic and captive animals to as wide an audience as possible. For Agriculture Stage 6 students, the website offers detailed information on six commercially produced Farm animals: Sheep, Cattle, Goats, Pigs, Poultry and Deer. Material in these sections focuses on the behavioural profiles of the animals. The site would be particularly useful for the Stage 6 Agriculture Component: Animal production and the study of animal production systems in the Topic: Plant/animal production. Students completing the optional research project in the areas of animal behaviour or animal welfare would also find this site valuable. In Kids’ stuff, there is practical and helpful advice for young students in the areas of understanding animal behaviours, and safely relating to domestic and wild animals. This section will help teachers impart knowledge of living things in the Stage 2 COGs Unit (G): Our fleeting past. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; HSIE K–6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Animals – Habits and behaviour
PUBLISHER: P. McGreevy, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [591.5] SCIS 1396226

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Animal ethics infolink: a NSW Department of Primary Industries and Animal Research Review Panel initiative (external website)
The site directs researchers, teachers and members of animal ethics committees to information about the operation of the Animal Research Act 1985, Animal Research Regulation 2005 and the Australian code of practice for using animals in science. The Animal Research Act 1985 governs the use of animals for a range of purposes including teaching, research, product trials, diagnosis of disease and environmental studies. The site covers specific information about NSW animal welfare legislation as well as general information about legislation in other states and countries. HSC Agriculture students may find the site particularly beneficial for learning about the ethics, welfare, legal issues and requirements of animal production systems. It also suits the optional research project involving animals. Students will find the Three Rs section of the website particularly useful. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Animals – Research; Animals – Treatment – Law and legislation; Ethics
PUBLISHER: NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [179] SCIS 1399001

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Animal Health Australia (external website)
Established by government and industry to ensure a competitive advantage and preferred market access for Australia's livestock industries, the site is an excellent resource for Agriculture students. It covers all major diseases which pose a threat to the country’s livestock. Sheep, goat, cattle, equine, swine, avian, lagomorph, bee, fish, mollusc, crustacean, and multiple species diseases are easily researched from the Disease list. The best place to access the list is via the Sitemap. The large section dedicated to Johne’s Disease may be useful for the Agriculture Stage 6 Component: Animal production. Students will also find that the Farm biosecurity section is most interesting reading. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Animals – Australia; Animals – Care and health; Farm animals – Care and health; Livestock – Management
PUBLISHER: Animal Health Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [636.08] SCIS 1396298

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Ag Bio Tech InfoNet (external website)
Provided that the users of this site understand the bias evident in much of the material, it is a valuable resource for students grasping the implications of agricultural biotechnology. The site’s intent and structure is clearly explained in About this page . Many news reports and scientific articles are posted, covering the environmental impacts and implications resulting from genetic engineering applications in agriculture. Language and content is demanding but relevant to the study of The blueprint of life in Stage 6 Biology, and some of the electives in Stage 6 Agriculture. J. Morgan
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Biology Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Biotechnology; Genetic engineering
PUBLISHER: Ecologic, USA
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [660.6] SCIS 1181740

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Ag facts: agricultural information from around Australia
Current agricultural information from the states’ agricultural departments and research centres is presented on this site. Information is depicted via a vast range of fact sheets; these are clearly laid out and maintain a strong practical focus in tone and content. Although the emphasis is practical, there is also information on operations such as budgeting and planning, and Future agricultural systems. General farming information is also presented, such as the large collection of sheets on Salinity. Information is predominantly on alternative and emerging agricultural enterprises, such as Wildflowers and native foods, Asian foods, Organics, and Agroforestry. There is excellent material here for the Agriculture electives Innovation and diversification, Horticulture, and Agribusiness. G. Dunmore
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture–Australia
PUBLISHER:
Rural Industries Research and Development Corp.
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [630.994] SCIS 1178684

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Agribusiness Association of Australia home (external website)
Australian agribusiness is involved in developing existing and new markets for agricultural products, domestically and internationally. This concept is studied in the Agriculture: Stage 6 syllabus, giving this site high relevance. Perspectives articles and Agribusiness review papers (lower left frame) provide articles on a number of different agricultural industries. Up to date, authoritative, information on a range of industries, and related issues, such as export capabilities and potential markets, is discussed by the refereed articles. The wool trade, livestock, potato seed technology, and the wine industry are among the topics examined. Acrobat reader is required to access these files. There are Links to other related sites, but exploration time is required to verify their curriculum relevance. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture; Agriculture – Economic aspects
KEYWORDS: Australian agribusiness
PUBLISHER: Agribusiness Association of Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Agriculture around Australia (external website)
This is an excellent agricultural resource written specifically for students. Although the information provided is general, it would be an excellent starting point to introduce or summarise agricultural enterprises. Probably the most appealing aspect of this site is that it is filled with Australian facts, Australian breeds and Australian market prices, making this site a very valuable teaching resource. The language used is simple and the web layout is easy to navigate. The inclusion of a basic terminology list with every production enterprise provided makes this site particularly useful for students. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Australia
PUBLISHER: Royal Agricultural Society of NSW
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [630.994] SCIS 1192190

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All about chickens for kids and teachers (external website)
Designed for a wide range of ages and abilities, this comprehensive, interactive site has much to offer those wishing to learn about poultry. For senior students, Oklahoma state university board of regents and Broiler chickens provide detailed information about the suitability for production of a wide range of poultry breeds. Pure breeds of traditional utility poultry leads to much practical information about running a poultry farm useful for Agriculture Stage 6. Many of the links are more suited to younger students, such as Chickscope embryology. The 21–day chick lifecycle is particularly engaging. Here, clear information, diagrams and easy experiments can be accessed. Teachers of younger students are supported with worksheets, a unit of work, songs and ideas for games and crafts. While teachers need to preview choices within the site, this is a rich source of information. G. Harris
USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science; SciTech; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; Science 7–10; Science & Technology K–6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Classroom activities; Poultry
PUBLISHER: Kiddiehouse.com, USA
REVIEW DATE: 27/2/12 [636.5] SCIS 1286549

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Animal welfare science essays (external website)
Students studying Veterinary Science at Sydney University are required to submit an essay for assessment as part of their completion of Animal behaviour and animal welfare science. The essay must describe Animal welfare science developments, for any single species, that have been published in the previous 12 months. This site hosts the best essays from previous years. The subjects of the essays range from exotic animals, bears, primates and elephants through to livestock, sheep, cattle, pigs and poultry. While the content of some of the essays is very specialised and not directly relevant to any particular school curriculum, the essays discussing welfare issues of Horses, Sheep, Cattle, Pigs and Poultry contain extremely current scientific information relevant to the Stage 6 Agriculture course. These essays provide valuable examples of student works for secondary students who may have an interest in pursuing this discipline. Teachers would also find the content of many of these essays interesting as they provide up to date information and references. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Animals – Research; Animals – Treatment – Research; Veterinary medicine – Research
PUBLISHER: University of Sydney, NSW
REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [636.089]

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Ausbiotech (external website)
The Australian Biotechnology Association provides an Educational leaflets written for Australian school students. These leaflets, which serve a variety of purposes, can be downloaded for use as the basis for discussion on environmental, ethical, and moral issues associated with biotechnology. The leaflets could provide background information on what biotechnology and genetic engineering are, and how they impact agriculture and everyday life. The site is a good starting place for those interested in these issues. A useful glossary of terms is included. This text site, updated in July 1999, has links to other biotechnology sites in Australia and overseas. The information on these sites can be very technical, and exploration time would be required to verify curriculum relevance of such external links. J. Robinson
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS HEADINGS: Biotechnology; Genetic engineering
KEYWORDS: Biotechnology; genetic engineering; genetics
PUBLISHER: Australian Biotechnology Association
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Australian dairy industry (external website)
A good source of information for students studying the dairy industry, this site also provides links to all major organisations involved in this industry in Australia. Answers to a range of questions can be found through these organisational links. There is access to current farm statistics and milk marketing statistics within each organisation. The parent site contains relevant and up to date information about milk marketing, milk export, and related Health and nutrition. It is a valuable, attractive, well structured site for anyone interested in the dairy industry. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: ST; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6; Food Technology 7-10; Food Technology Stage 6; Science & Technology K-6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Dairy industry – Australia
KEYWORDS: Farm statistics; milk marketing
PUBLISHER: Dairy Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [338] SCIS 1020725

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Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (external website)
The site provides basic information relating to all major aspects of feedlots, including an excellent overview of the Australian feedlot industry in the Briefing papers, which are found within Publications. The site’s main sections are Environment, Feed commodities and nutrition, Animal health and welfare, Feedlot management and Ethanol. There is also access to quarterly surveys which provide a detailed look at the feedlot industry. It is a well designed website which will suit students looking for quick and precise information on feedlots. The site has many links to external sites which serve as supplementary knowledge sources. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Farm animals – Food; Farm animals – Treatment; Feeds; Livestock – Treatment
PUBLISHER: Australian Lot Feeders’ Association
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [636.08] SCIS 1396282

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Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) (external website)
Plant propagation is a skill required by Agriculture students. This site gives helpful text and graphic information about different methods of propagation for both commercial production and small scale production. Topics include: sowing seeds; taking cuttings; grafting; and handy hints. The diagrams are detailed and easy to understand although they can be a little slow to download. There are links to: the homepage of the society; comprehensive information on Grafting Australian native plants; a Plant propagation ; and references for Further information. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Plant propagation; Plants – Australia
KEYWORDS: Australian; plants; propagation; seeds
PUBLISHER: Society for Growing Australian Plants
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) (external website)
Easily accessed text and graphic information on the role of the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service in improving the quality of Australian plants and livestock, and ensuring the health of plants, humans, and other animals is available here. Publications includes downloadable bulletins, media releases, and reports which could help: track issues such as Rabbit Calcivirus; or map the outbreaks of pests and weeds. The site also offers current information on: outbreaks, distribution, origin and control of various pests, diseases and weeds; export or import of agricultural plants, livestock or food; and guidelines, legislation and international trade regulations. Schools provides: educational information on Australian quarantine and inspection issues; game playing scenarios for students; lesson plans; a reference library; and resource information. Downloadable interactive games allow students to conduct virtual experiments on screen. Links to other sites allow access to a range of additional information, though exploration time is required to verify curriculum relevance of these. J. Robinson
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Quarantine
KEYWORDS: Exports; imports; inspection; quarantine
PUBLISHER: Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Australian Wool Innovation Limited (external website)
Packed with detailed information about wool, from farming to retail and home use, this updated site is an excellent resource for students. Textiles and Design students will find this site useful while investigating wool’s fibre, yarn and fabric structures, properties, care and end uses, with information backed up by diagrams and photographs. Manufacturing has plenty of useful data for students, and textile innovations with merino, and eco-friendly and organic wool are well covered for student research. An interactive timeline will help students understand how wool innovations have developed over the years. On the farm provides a good starting point for Primary Industries and Agriculture students, and Retailing includes a handy kit for Retail Services students. M. Timperley
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; Primary Industries curriculum Framework Stage 6; Retail Services Curriculum Framework Stage 6; Textiles & Design 7–10; Textiles & Design Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Wool industry – Australia; Wool
PUBLISHER: The Company, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 15/04/2011 [338.1]
*1020687* SCIS 1020687

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AUSVEG (external website)
While much of this site is designed for vegetable growers, several sections provide excellent information for teachers and students of Agriculture. IPM explains integrated pest management in a useful diagram, and there are links to other sites that are informative and at an appropriate level for school students. In Consumers, students will find information on potatoes, labelling, and basic information on 14 products in What vegetable is that?. Statistics provides excellent data relating to vegetables grown in Australia. Teachers could use this for a range of activities, including graphing and investigating comparisons and trends for different cultivation methods and species. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Australia; Vegetables
PUBLISHER: AUSVEG, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [641.3] SCIS 1418843

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Beef & Lamb New Zealand (external website)
The site provides a wide range of information on most aspects of sheep and goat production, for both meat and wool. Agricultural Technology 7–10 students would benefit from the site in researching basic sheep, goat and cattle breeds, condition scoring for sheep and cattle, and classification guides for lamb and beef. For Agriculture Stage 6 students, the information in Farming & research ranges across herd fertility, growth, breeding, and animal welfare, through to environmental and farm productivity and meat processing. Within this section, Health and welfare would be particularly valuable for students looking at pathogenic microbes and invertebrates. Fact sheets relating to welfare will help students learn about ethics, welfare and legal issues. Student resources contains an excellent introduction to New Zealand geography. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; Geography 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS: Beef industry – New Zealand; Goats; Meat industry – New Zealand; Sheep industry – New Zealand; Wool industry – New Zealand
PUBLISHER: Meat & Wool New Zealand
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [636.006] SCIS 1396276

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Biodiversity and conservation: a hypertext book. Chapter 9, Exotic introductions (external website)
Although much of the information presented in this chapter of the hypertext book, Biodiversity and conservation concerns the introduction of exotic species of Plants, Mammals, Reptiles and Diseases to America, Australian examples of seastars, rabbits, and the bushtailed opossum (brush tailed possum) are present in Exotics in Australia. The history of the introduction of so many exotic species provided here explains their success, and includes the means of invasion through: container shipping; ballast water; air travel; agriculture; aquaculture, and forestry. It provides good support for study of the Earth and Environmental Science: Stage 6 syllabus elective, Introduced Species and the Australian environment. J. Berry
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; TAS
*SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Introduced species - Environmental aspects
KEYWORDS: Australia; Exotic pest; Introduced species
PUBLISHER: University of California (Irvine), USA
AUTHOR: Peter J. Bryant
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 SCIS 1060102

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Biological control: a guide to natural enemies in North America (external website)
Both the general information and specific examples provided make this a valuable resource for comparison of biological control agents of insects, disease and weed pests. Table of contents gives access to introductory tutorials, including: Insect biology and ecology: A primer and Biological control. Photographs and detailed descriptions of over 100 biological control agents of insects, disease and weed pests are also provided. Each is divided into one of four types: Parasitoids; Predators; Pathogens; and Weed feeders. Information about life cycle, habits, natural enemies and effectiveness as a means of control makes this a valuable resource for the Introduced species and the Australian environment option of the Earth and Environmental Science: Stage 6 syllabus. The content is well presented, with appropriate language. J. Berry
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Pest control
KEYWORDS: Biological control; Insect; Weed; Pest
PUBLISHER: Cornell University, USA
AUTHOR: C. R. Weeden, A. M. Shelton, & M. P. Hoffmann
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 SCIS 1060043

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Birchip agronomy online (external website)
A group of farmers, and representatives from industry and the government, are working together to improve cropping practices in Victoria, resulting is the cropping demonstration and replicated trial plots located at Birchip. The replications, results and recommendations are available through this site. New varieties are grown to attract interest. Agronomic research includes: crop rotation; the effects of sodic soil on cropping; and the effects of herbicides and fertilisers on crop performance eg. fertiliser comparison on barley. Photographs of crop problems, such as yellow leaves, allow farmers to compare their crops and work out possible causes. Solutions are suggested. Rainfall characteristics and how they relate to yields are included. J. Robinson
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Research
KEYWORDS: Agronomy; Birchip; crops
PUBLISHER: Birchip Cropping Group, Victoria, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Breeds of livestock - Oklahoma State University (external website)
Although this is an American site, it provides valuable information on different breeds of animals. It allows users to access details on all types of animals. Searching by the type of animal, breed of animal, or country of origin is possible. It also allows users to isolate Australian animals by looking at our region in the world. This site provides the basic breed knowledge that is needed for every student of Agriculture, and is assumed knowledge for the senior course. There are Links to other facets of the Department of Animal Science, such as their Livestock library, and Research. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture; Livestock
KEYWORDS: Breeds; livestock
PUBLISHER: Oklahoma State University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Bureau of Meteorology (external website)
Students of Agriculture need access to up to date information relevant to agricultural systems in Australia, which this site provides. It gives links to all facets of the Department of Meteorology information library. Weather and warnings and Climate information are pertinent to Agriculture. Seasonal climate outlooks for all areas in Australia are available. These can provide students with support for their farm case study. There are also satellite images of Australia and the world, and information about climate in general. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Climate – Australia; Weather forecasting
KEYWORDS: Climate; forecasts; meteorology; seasonal outlooks
PUBLISHER: Bureau of Meteorology, Commonwealth of Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Choose wisely: humane food (external website)
This RSPCA developed website has been designed to provide information about food produced with a focus on animal welfare, in particular eggs, chicken meat and pork. The major part of the website is devoted to listing businesses that serve humanely produced food, such as free range or barn laid eggs and meat from free range chickens and pigs. The site includes a rating system for food outlets (gold, silver and bronze), determined by the extent of humanely farmed produce sold. The information presented in About food production is very brief and simplistic, not discussing any of the positives or negatives of each food production system. This site could be used as a stimulus for discussing and raising issues but could not be relied upon to provide indepth scientific information. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; Technology (Mandatory) Stage 4; Food Technology Stage 4
SCIS SUBJECTS: Animals – Treatment; Food – Moral and ethical aspects
PUBLISHER: RSPCA, ACT
REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [179]

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CLIMA - Centre for legumes in Mediterranean agriculture (external website)
The Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture is involved in research, training, and extension activities. Information about this is easily located on this text site. Research into crop and pasture legumes, investigating the factors leading to yield improvement, adaptation to different soil types, resistance to disease, and plant improvement, is being undertaken. J. Robinson
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Research
KEYWORDS: Agriculture; crops, legumes; lupins, pulses, research
PUBLISHER: University of Western Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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The Cooperative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies (external website)
Given that Stage 6 Agriculture students must grasp the genetic basis of how animal production systems can improve the production and quality of livestock, the site will assist them with its useful information about the manipulation of a herd’s genetic capabilities to achieve production gains. Colourful, contemporary and cohesive, the site has up-to-date information in DNA markers, a wider roundup of industry news, featured products and discussions, searchable library articles, and, in Education, interesting Success stories. The site also has articles about the recent developments in Animal welfare issues within the beef industry, including the tick vaccine project, acaricide resistance, and dehorning. The site is well laid out and a pleasure to use. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Beef industry – Australia – Research
PUBLISHER: Co-operative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [636] SCIS 1396231

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Cotton Australia (external website)
Aimed at promoting the interests of the Australian cotton growing industry, this site offers access to up to date information pertaining to the industry. Growers provides relevant information for the farming of cotton, including best management practices. Online access to current research through the magazine, Cotton reel, is available in Publications after clicking the top right category square. Education provides useful information in easy to understand language and a virtual tour of a cotton farm. This is an important site for teachers and students of Agriculture Stage 6using cotton for their farm and product study. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture; Cotton; Cotton manufacture and trade
KEYWORDS: Australia; cotton
PUBLISHER: Cotton Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Countrylife online (external website)
The latest rural developments from the UK, much of which has global significance, are presented here in an uncomplicated format. Of particular interest is the scientific and ethical treatment of technological advancements and their application, often including a comprehensive literature review. This makes the site a useful research tool for Stage 6 students, while younger students might be directed to the Young farmers club,where the chance to connect with young people of rural UK offers a way of adding interest to classroom activities. Some conservation perspectives are raised. Updated farmer diaries and good links to other rural sites (exploration time required to verify curriculum relevance) make this a site worth checking. B. Trench
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture; Country life
KEYWORDS: Country life; farming
PUBLISHER: Countrylife On-line, UK
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Dairy Australia (external website)
A revamped site, this excellent resource contains a wide variety of dairy related information. Easy to use, the site’s material is categorised for farmers, researchers, manufacturers, consumers and students. The site caters for primary teachers with its new Primary schools resource kit and it is particularly useful for the Science and Technology Unit: Cycles in our world. Other information is appropriate for high school Agriculture. Perhaps the most valuable information on the site for these students is the news and production statistics. The site would be useful for the study of dairy farming as an enterprise and for Stage 6 students in a case or product study of animal production. As the site contains research project links it would be valuable for the Agriculture Stage 6 project component. L. Buttsworth
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: SciTech; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; Science & Technology K–6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Dairy industry – Australia
PUBLISHER: Dairy Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [338.1] SCIS 1182932

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Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (external website)
Although some of the information presented on this website relates particularly to Western Australia, much of it is relevant to other parts of Australia. The information presented covers a wide range, with Crops and Livestock providing information that would be most applicable to NSW students. There is some excellent information in Cereals, which provides clear and well written information about the nutrients essential for plant growth, in particular Barley, Oats and Wheat. There is a range of information provided in PDFs about different species of livestock. Students should be aware that some information about legislation is Western Australian specific, as are many pieces of legislation that relate to agriculture. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10, Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Western Australia. Department of Agriculture and Food; Agriculture – Western Australia; Biotechnology
PUBLISHER: Government of Western Australia, WA
REVIEW DATE: 23/04/2012 [630.9941]

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Department of Primary Industries (external website)
Although some of the information presented on this website relates particularly to Queensland, the majority is relevant to other parts of Australia. The information covers a wide range, with Business & trade, Plants, Animals, Fisheries, Biosecurity and Environment of relevance to students of Agriculture. The information presented on pests and diseases for plants and animals is outstanding and accessible. The layout and formatting for each section varies and navigation is seamless, making research quick and simple. The content is written clearly and should be useful to a range of secondary students. Students should be aware that some information about legislation and agriculture is Queensland specific. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10, Agriculture Stage 6, Technology (Mandatory) Stage 4
SCIS SUBJECTS: Queensland. Department of Primary Industries; Agriculture – Queensland
PUBLISHER: Queensland Government, QLD
REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [354.5]

DPI home page (external website) (Department of Primary industries and fisheries Queensland)
Agricultural students and teachers will find this home page a valuable text and graphics site. It is attractively presented, easily navigated, and a good source of a range of information relevant to Agriculture students for example, on Animals, Plants, Climate and weather, and Environmental management. The home page has links to DPI notes fact sheets, (which are similar to NSW agriculture Agfacts). There is up to date information on animal and plant diseases. Also available are newsletters related to forestry and food technology. I. Gant
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture; Primary industry – Australia
KEYWORDS: Agriculture; DPI Queensland; diseases
PUBLISHER: Department of Primary Industries, Queensland, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Dr. Temple Grandin's web page: livestock behaviour, design of facilities and humane slaughter (external website)
The site’s information, from a renowned livestock behaviourist, focuses on the behaviour of livestock and how this relates to the design of handling facilities for a number of farm animal species. The home page is laid out in simple headings, with Humane slaughter, Stress and meat quality and Animal welfare and rights being of particular value to students. There are a number of short videos illustrating effective methods to move cattle and the correct use of the captive bolt stunner at slaughter. The research articles would be particularly useful for the optional research project in Agriculture Stage 6 and the Component: Animal production. Detailed and highly informative, the site is easy to navigate and search. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Farm animals – Care and health; Farm animals – Treatment; Livestock – Management; Slaughtering
PUBLISHER: T. Grandin, USA
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [636.08] SCIS 1396220

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E.H. Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation (external website)
The EH Graham Centre is a collaborative alliance between Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The information provided by this website of greatest relevance to secondary students is found under Publications & factsheets. This section provides an extensive database of research papers about a range of agricultural topics. News & events contains links to conference and workshop papers, organised by the centre. Teachers of Stage 6 Agriculture should be encouraged to use this site to find current research papers relevant to the electives in the HSC course. Although of limited use to most students, this site provides a much needed opportunity for teachers to access up to date research. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Sustainable agriculture; Agricultural productivity; Agriculture – research
PUBLISHER: EH Graham Centre, NSW
REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [630.72]

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Farmonline (external website)
This easily navigated site provides access to agricultural news headlines. It is relevant to Agriculture: Stage 6 syllabus (approved 1999) students keeping abreast of current trends in the aspect of the industry they are studying. It is important to note that this information is back dated, and does not include what is currently in the papers. There are also links to Weather, Markets and employment information, and access to additional Rural Press publications in other states. Text information and graphics are available. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture
KEYWORDS: News; agriculture
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Farmsafe Australia Inc: productive Australian farms free from health & safety risk (external website)
Managing farm safety
presents discussions about issues of farm safety, Major agents of injury and impediments to improved safety. In Goals targets, key areas on farms where safety is an issue are given in specific detail. By targeting issues of tractor and horse related injury, and the use of hearing protection on farms, this organisation aims to reduce the number of injury related deaths, compensation injury, and noise induced hearing loss. Child safetyon farms links to a related site which contains reports, statistics, fact sheets, case studies, Educational resources and student activities. This information is an excellent introduction into safety and can be easily utilised by students. G. Dunmore
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS; VOC ED
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Agricultural Technology 7-10; Primary Industries Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Accident prevention; Agricultural machinery – Safety measures; Agriculture – Safety measures; Industrial health and safety; Safety education
PUBLISHER: Farmsafe Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [363.11] SCIS 1162411

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Feeding the future: sustainable agriculture: key text (external website)
Questioning the value of sustainable agriculture is the basis of this useful web site which initially compares past and modern agricultural practices. The site provides Agriculture Stage 6 students and teachers with interesting information for achieving outcomes in the study of current sustainable farming practices for plant and animal production. The site uses straightforward language and would be excellent as stimulus material when beginning this unit of work. Teachers of the Elective: Sustainable land and resource management will also find the information on soil acidification and salinity very useful. The use of recent Australian examples and facts and figures enhances the relevance of this information source. I. Mavin
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agricultural ecology; Agriculture – Environmental aspects
PUBLISHER: Australian Academy of Science
REVIEW DATE:
27/02/12 [630.2] SCIS 1204548

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Genetics Australia (external website)
Here is a site that can help teachers and students keep up to date with the rapid advances in technology related to animal reproduction. New technologies, such as embryo multiplication and transfer, marker assisted selection, semen sexing, oocyte pick-up, cloning, and transgenics are all discussed. The information would be useful for students of the Agriculture: Stage 6 syllabus (approved 1999) Preliminary course, Animal production, and the HSC optional components, the elective topics of Animal management and Innovation and diversification. There is also an excellent glossary in Technology info, which covers most areas of reproduction technology. The site is well presented and easily navigated. P. Hurst
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Biology Stage 6; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Animal breeding; Biotechnology; Genetic engineering KEYWORDS: Breeding technologies; cattle breeding;genetics
PUBLISHER: Genetics Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Get farming Australia (external website)
Providing current information on a vast range of agricultural topics is the aim of this vast site. The information is presented in summary form, which is easy to read and understand. There are articles on current technologies related to the production and marketing of agricultural products, which students are required to examine. Features provides information suitable for the electives. F utures contains market information on the agricultural commodities via Current report, Market snapshot and Detailed analysis and is useful for the Farm/Product Study component. Organisations leads to a range of different agricultural websites which would need to be checked for relevance. G. Dunmore
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Agriculture
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Pastoral industry – Australia
PUBLISHER: Farmersinfo, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [630.994] SCIS 1162406

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Hen Welfare Advisory Group (external website)
The information presented on this site addresses the advantages and disadvantages of each of the three recognised systems of egg production in Australia: Cage eggs, Barn laid eggs and Free range eggs. A brief description, a listing of the associated advantages and disadvantages, and a short video illustrating some aspects of the production process are included for each of these three production systems. There is also information about Speciality eggs and some FAQs. The site presents balanced information in a clear and simple way. It is very suitable for use by teachers of Agricultural Technology. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; Technology (Mandatory) Stage 4
SCIS SUBJECTS: Australian Egg Corporation. Hen Welfare Advisory Group; Poultry industry – Australia; Poultry industry – Moral and ethical aspects; Poultry – Care and health; Eggs
PUBLISHER: Helen Welfare Advisory Group, NSW
REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [636.5]

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Horticulture for tomorrow: environmental assurance for growers and industry (external website)
The website helps growers link production targets to their care for the environment. Students can gain an understanding of a particular horticultural area from the site: the number of farms, types of production, and the value of the production based on 2002 figures. The website can be interpreted by students who are researching agriculture in the Food Technology Stage 6 Topic: Food availability and selection. It also contains up-to-date legislation for the environmental and political impact on the Australian food industry and food product development. For growers has valuable information for Agriculture students, especially the Growers case studies, and the collection of links for further research. M. Timperley
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Food Technology Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Food industry – Australia – Environmental aspects; Gardening – Environmental aspects
PUBLISHER: Horticulture Australia Ltd
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [631.5] SCIS 1417138

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Institute of Foresters of Australia (external website)
Dedicated to professional foresters, the site gives access to many issues associated with the industry. As such, the scope of issues is a useful perspective of how an industry establishes and manages forests as resources to provide goods and services for the community. Facts on Victoria’s forests leads to information about key issues affecting the industry, and this is supplemented by Media releases. Forestry in Australia provides information about the industry as a career and statistics about the extent of forestry production in Australia. In Links there is a wide selection of relevant state, national and international sites, some of which can be enjoyed by younger students. This comprehensive site will support students’ extension work and can be used with other resources for a broader understanding of associated issues. G. Harris
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; Biology Stage 6; Science 7–10
SCIS SUBJECTS:; Forests and forestry – Australia
PUBLISHER: Institute of Foresters of Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [634.9]; SCIS 1283775

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LAMBPLAN - Lambplan genetic sheep evaluation (external website)
Lambplan: excellence in sheep breeding and production is a program designed to help producers describe the genetic worth of their animals using Estimated Breeding Values. About offers a full description of the site, and the concepts it includes. Visiting About would be essential for a full understanding of the issues. All aspects of Lambplan are covered in this Web site. Current reports on all major breeds of sheep (plus Boer goats) are available in tabular form. Archives providesaccess to breeding group papers, Links leads to a wide variety of sites, which require exploration time to determine curriculum relevance. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Sheep breeding
KEYWORDS: Genetic; lamb; meat; sheep
PUBLISHER: LAMBPLAN Australia, University of New England
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Landcare Australia (external website)
A wealth of information is available at this easily navigated site: What's new provides information on latest additions to the site and Landcare group activities. The library offers many links to related sites. Some sites include newsletters and information sheets that can be downloaded for up to date information. Some sites have contacts for free (or inexpensive) video, pamphlets, and posters. This is an excellent resource for the inquiring mind. Allow time to locate the desired information. J. Robinson
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture; Land use
KEYWORDS: Environment; Landcare
PUBLISHER: LandCareWeb, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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LandLearn
(external website)Supporting environmental education in Victorian schools, this informative site is highly applicable for the study of sustainable agriculture in Agriculture Stage 6. The site has up-to-date material on sustainable agriculture and natural resource management. Information includes Resources, Curriculum activities, an online Newsletter, and worksheets in Fieldwork which may be useful for Agriculture and Science teachers. Careers is practically useful, with profiles of scientists and stories of young people at work in related fields. Issues of biodiversity, food production, sustainability, weeds and fruit fly are discussed. There are word searches, experiments and cloze passage activity sheets. L. Buttsworth
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Australia; Sustainable agriculture
PUBLISHER: Victorian Dept. of Primary Industries, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [630.994] SCIS 1302863

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Landline. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. (external website)
Agriculture students and teachers will find this a valuable site. It provides access to past programs from the Landline television series, presented in a text format, and listed under the date they appeared on the show. There is a discussion area to pass on comments to the producers of the program or share advice and information with others. Market report links to a weekly listing of commodity market prices and trends. There is also an excellent list of rural links, which is clearly set out, in text form, allowing users to easily access other relevant rural information, but exploration time is required to verify curriculum relevance of these. I. Gant
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture
KEYWORDS: ABC; agriculture; Landline
PUBLISHER: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Livestock library (external website)
More than an online library about the beef and sheep industries, this site is well worth a look by TAS and SciTech teachers. It is a simply presented search site that gives access to quality information covering all fields of Australasia’s livestock industry. Over 80 000 journals, research papers, conference papers, and commercial and government websites are covered in a single search. The site surprises in its material, as it ranges across a large number of agricultural issues, from cane toads and weeds in school gardens to bovine spongiform encephalopathy. This site would be very useful for the Agriculture Stage 6 Electives: Animal management and Innovation and diversification, and for students completing the optional research project. It will help students learn to assess and evaluate sources of information. In Advanced search, the Announcements are a useful guide to what is on the site. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: SciTech; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; Science & Technology K–6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Catalogues (Libraries); Livestock – Bibliography
PUBLISHER: WA Dept. Agriculture and Food, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 24/04/09 [016.636] SCIS 1375847

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Meat and Livestock Australia (external website)
An excellent, easily navigated site, almost all the links within this site have some value. Education takes the user to School projects, from which users can access Health issues and Food technology/agriculture. The latter contains excellent information on marketing, including an in depth background to the ‘iron campaign’, and suggested activities for students. Australian beef fact sheets are also available on the front page; these can be viewed and downloaded. Industry news gives a valuable overview of the meat industry, and information on quality management. Good living contains a food safety section. The Library has its own search facility to access information within the site and its archives. J. Redfern
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Food Technology 7-10; Food Technology Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Food industry; Meat industry
KEYWORDS: Livestock; meat
PUBLISHER: Meat and Livestock Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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National Farmers Federation (external website)
Information about the National Farmers Federation (NFF) and its achievements is provided here. Links to Members, such as NSW Farmers’ Association, and commodities councils like the Cotton Australia Limited are available. Speeches and Press releases on the latest issues the NFF is involved in can be downloaded for discussion. Information from publications such as Economic Insight, Down to Earth, and the Innovation in agriculture project can be downloaded for critical appraisal. The NFF promotes farmers' views, which could be compared with those of environmental groups on a particular issue. Links allows access to further information on: agriculture; agribusiness; environment; futures; government departments; rural media; and weather information. Exploration time is required to verify curriculum relevance of external links. The link to Farmwide, the NFF’s commercial organisation, provides useful market reports from all mainland states. J. Robinson
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Societies
KEYWORDS: Farmers; NFF
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Northern Territory Department of Resources -primary industry (external website)
Agriculture teachers and students will find much of value on this easily navigated site. It contains straightforward information about all aspects of tropical primary industry including Horticulture, Insects and plant diseases, Agriculture, Animals, Quarantine and Farm chemicals. Information is appropriate for NSW Agriculture syllabuses. Stage 6 Agriculture students will find the experimental reports useful for the Electives: Horticulture and Innovation and diversification. The site has clear and detailed photographs of insects, and students can search by common or scientific name, host and damage type. Tables of Statistics and detailed Research results will also prove fruitful for student investigation. L. Buttsworth
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Northern Territory
PUBLISHER: NT, Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [333.1] SCIS 1238173

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Ohio State University plant dictionary (external website)
The dictionary of plants at this site provides access to a database of over 2500 images and descriptions of plants. The database can be searched by many fields. These include: the common or scientific name of the plant; its category as an annual, bulb, or grass etc; plant features; or pests (either a specific insect or plant disease). The images are very clear and quick to download. As the site is American, there are few references to Australian natives, but it is useful resource for researching introduced species of plants. There is a link to the Ohio State University's Interactive plant list. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Plants – United States
KEYWORDS: Plant
PUBLISHER: The Ohio State University, USA
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Red Fox: Vulpes vulpes (external website)
With a focus on the biology and control of the red fox on a world stage rather than specifically in Australia, this site is well presented and provides a concise summary of the fox's reproductive capacity, diet, distribution and habitat. Additional information with the same headings about the Dingo, as part of the same family, is found in the List of species accounts. The site requires little navigation and the level of language used is suited to Stage 5 and Stage 6 students. Both sections are useful as resources for the HSC option, Introduced species and the Australian environment in the Earth and Environmental Science: Stage 6 syllabus. J. Berry
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Foxes
KEYWORDS: Dingo; fox; introduced species
PUBLISHER: Canid Specialist Group, UK
AUTHOR: M. Artois
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 SCIS 1059973

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Rural Skills Australia (external website)
Rural Skills Australia and the Centrelink Career Information Centre have combined with other organisations in this Federal initiative to provide this visually appealing directory of rural careers and training across fifteen rural sectors. The information is easily retrieved by individuals and may be printed as fact sheets for class use. For each career choice, Career pathways is especially valuable, as a qualification table lists AQF TAFE certificate courses, with job expectations and prospects. Associated opportunities,such as Exporting, Be your own boss, and rural jobs In the city, are described. The site provides clear and accessible information for a range of literacy levels. E. Kesby
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: Science; TAS; VOC ED
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6; CEC Work Education 7–10; Primary Industries Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Careers
PUBLISHER:
Rural Skills Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [630.2] SCIS 1179962

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Soil and health library (external website)
Offering a plethora of bibliographies and full text books about holistic agriculture and health, self sufficient living, and personal development, this comprehensive free public library site is divided into four major areas; Agriculture library, Health library, Personal sovereignty library, and Spiritualfreedom library. This would be a useful resource when studying modules 8.2.1 Biophysical interactions, 8.2.2 Global challenges, Option 3 Development geography, and Option 4 Natural resource use in the Geography Stage 6 syllabus. The language, concepts, style and format are suitable for senior students and as reference material for teachers when teaching sustainability for Stage 4 and Stage 5. Students studying the Agriculture Stage 6 syllabus would find this an essential resource. The site is easy to navigate and downloads quickly. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: HSIE; Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Geography 7–10; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Environmental aspects; Alternative lifestyles; Health – Environmental aspects; Soils; Sustainable agriculture
PUBLISHER: Steve Solomon, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [333.76] SCIS 1178000

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The Sterile insect release method and other genetic control strategies (external website)
(Bartlett & Staten: SIRM and other genetic control strategies)
The history of induced sterility in insects and, more importantly, insect control programs using induced sterility, mutation, and behavioural change is provided on this comprehensive site. Further information provided here about a specific program related to the screw worm may be useful as a case study. Components that make insect sterility a successful means of control are identified. Although language is more appropriate for university level than for high school and the content may overwhelm all but the more capable senior student, the information is very relevant to the HSC option, Introduced species and the Australian environment in the Earth and Environmental Science: Stage 6 syllabus. J. Berry
USER LEVEL: Professional
KLA: Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Pest control
KEYWORDS: Biological control; genetic control; insect
PUBLISHER: E B. Radcliff & W D. Hutchinson, University of Minnesota, USA
AUTHOR: A. C. Bartlett & R T. Staten
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 SCIS 1060048

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault
The seed vault is an international venture which is gathering and storing seeds from around the world. In the event of an ecological disaster, the world’s seed collection can be re-established from the seed vault. The website contains a plethora of information on seeds, genetic diversity in plants, and the impact that natural disasters may have on plants. The easily navigated site uses plain English and photographs, with a description of the facilities, management and operation of the vault. The resource will be useful when studying agricultural sustainability and environmental factors that affect plant production in the Agriculture syllabuses. A. Frost
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Plants, Cultivated; Seeds – Collection and preservation
PUBLISHER: Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Norway
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [580.7] SCIS 1385941

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Technology in Australia 1788 - 1988 (external website)
Essentially the online edition of a book and accessed as such by chapters, this provides information about a wide variety of technologies. Several chapters, particularly chapter one, are relevant to the Agriculture: Stage 6 syllabus (approved 1999). This begins with Aboriginal use of resources. As this information is brief and simplified, with no obvious consultation with Aboriginal people, further resources and consultation with the local Aboriginal community, would be needed to complement this aspect and provide the Aboriginal perspective. The first chapter continues with early European agricultural technology, and follows the progression of agricultural practices to the present time, fitting in well with several content requirements of the Preliminary and HSC courses. Chapters on food technology, irrigation, forestry, and textiles may also be useful depending on areas of study. Teachers could develop a set of questions for students to answer from the site. It is a helpful resource as some of the information is difficult to locate elsewhere. S. Annetts
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture – Ecology; Industry; Technology
KEYWORDS: Australia; dairy; environment; irrigation; science; technology
PUBLISHER: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (external website)
Comprehensive coverage of sustainability issues in relation to agricultural production is available here. What this site lacks, due to basic graphics and localised Californian examples, it more than makes up for in content, including detailed, up to date explanations of sustainable production concepts applicable world wide. Presentation is straightforward and good links are provided to other sites focussing on sustainable production. These sites would need further examination by teachers to determine curriculum relevance. For students, the most relevant sections are: What is sustainable production? and Crop and livestock production information, the former including social, economic, and ecological perspectives. B Trench
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: HSIE; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Geography Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Agriculture
KEYWORDS: Production; sustainable agriculture
PUBLISHER: University of California, USA
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Water, diffusion and osmosis (external website)(Plant physiology - water & diffusion)
Providing a thorough explanation of the importance of water, its chemical composition, and its many functions in biological systems, this is a useful resource for: the Chemistry: Stage 6 syllabus Preliminary topic 8.4, Water; the Earth and Environmental Science: Stage 6 syllabus Preliminary topic 8.4, Water issues; and for the Senior Science: Stage 6 syllabus Preliminary topic 8.2 , Water for living. Although the language and content could prove challenging, much of the more useful information is to be found on the first few pages where the language is accessible to Stage 6 students. The Plant phys home also includes Lecture notes on Plant cells and Water transport that clarifies how water’s role is related to soil and to plant growth. J. Berry
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; Tas
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Chemistry Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6; Senior Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Plant physiology; Plant-water relationships
KEYWORDS: Water biological system
PUBLISHER: St. John’s University College of St. Benedict, USA
AUTHOR: Dr. Stephen G. Saupe
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 SCIS 1059908

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Weed Science Group (external website)
Although this site does have a section For primary & secondary schools, the most useful part of the site presents summaries and abstracts from Current research and Completed research. The research described in these sections is very applicable to Stage 6 Agriculture. The weed management content and the description of experimental method and design are also useful for the study of Agriculture. Students may need teacher assistance to ensure full use is made of the research described, as it has been completed by tertiary students and academic staff. Some teachers may glean selected information from Primary & secondary schools, though this section lacks real substance and hence is of limited use. Stage 6 students may also wish to go into the University of New England site for career and further study advice. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: University of New England – Weed Science Group; Weeds – research
PUBLISHER: Weed Science Group, NSW
REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [632]

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The Weed Society of New South Wales (external website)
Maintained specifically to service its members this authoritative site is a valuable resource for the Earth and Environmental Science: Stage 6 syllabus, elective Introduced Species and the Australian environment. Quality information, especially in the areas of weed identification and ecology, and methods for their control is provided. The most useful information is found in the section A Good weed, which is the Society's newsletter. Although often technical, the language is appropriate to able senior students. J. Berry
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: Science; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Earth & Environmental Science Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Weeds
KEYWORDS: Australia; Bitou bush; Introduced species
PUBLISHER: Weed Society of N.S.W. Inc.
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 SCIS1060065

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Weeds, the real alien invaders (external website)
Current material about weeds in Australia including the identification of weeds as opposed to plants, the cost of weeds, and information about how they can be tackled is clearly presented and explained. The success story of combating Prickly pear is described. Activities has a range of science based tasks, including Internet use and an interactive game. Some activities are suitable for Stage 3 with teacher adaptation. This site offers a Glossary, further reading, and an abundance of useful sites for student researchers. This site is easy to navigate and written in straightforward language. The information is of an appropriate level and content for Agriculture students. Stage 6 students will find the information relevant when studying plant based units. L. Buttsworth
USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional
KLA: SciTech; TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6; Science & Technology K-6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Weeds - Australia
PUBLISHER: Australian Academy of Science
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [632] SCIS 1306833

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Welcome to AUS-MEAT Limited (external website)
Text and graphic information can be accessed here to gain an overview of the role and responsibilities of AUS-MEAT, including setting standards, and quality assurance systems for areas such as cattle care and flock care. This information can be used to predict future directions in the Australian meat industry. There are contacts in every state for further information. The information can be used as the basis for discussing how AUS-MEAT language and standards has influenced beef and lamb production on Australian farms. There are easily accessible links to more information about the meat industry in Australia and overseas, though exploration time is required to verify curriculum relevance of these. J. Robinson
USER LEVEL: Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Meat industry
KEYWORDS: AUS-MEAT; meat
PUBLISHER: AUS-MEAT Limited, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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Welcome to the Elders website (external website)
The Elders Australia site is a source of information that is relevant to all agriculture students. The site provides details on current wool, grain and livestock prices. The prices are presented in a format that would be easy to adapt for student use. Bush resources are useful links, including climatic information (Weather), in which satellite images are displayed from the Bureau of Meteorology. There is also access to a variety of links pertinent to all aspects of agriculture but exploration time is needed to verify curriculum relevance of these. K. Heap
USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Pastoral industry – Australia; Primary industry – Australia
KEYWORDS: Elders; grain; livestock; price; wool
PUBLISHER: Elders Limited, Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12

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WoolProducers Australia (external website)
The site contains some very useful material for both teachers and students of Agriculture. Most of the relevant information is contained in the section About wool. Here, students can investigate the History, Genetics, Production, Trading, Value, Processing and End uses of wool grown in Australia. Information is sourced from different areas and some reputable links are given for further research. This information would be highly relevant to Stage 6 Agriculture students who are completing a product study of wool. Unfortunately, there are no graphics to enhance interest and accessibility for students. The site also includes useful information relating to sheep health and welfare issues. Again, this is largely written material. S. Bannerman
USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7–10; Agriculture Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Sheep; Wool industry – Australia;
PUBLISHER: WoolProducers Australia
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [636.3] SCIS 1418892

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Wool production, testing & processing: educational resource material (external website)
For students researching technical aspects and current issues within Australia’s wool industry, these educational materials will prove valuable, if a little complex in places. The site contains an intensive explanation of wool production and testing technology, along with a brief look at contextual issues such as the history of wool. The online brochure Testing the woolclip is suitably presented to engage students, despite its technical language. Wool: fibre of the gods is a CSIRO produced film, short and colourful, which boldly illustrates the structure of wool fibre. Teachers may need to guide students through the site’s material, but it is certainly a fine resource for formulating and understanding wool industry issues. M. Timperley
USER LEVEL: Stage 6 Professional
KLA: TAS
SYLLABUS: Agriculture Stage 6; Textiles & Design Stage 6
SCIS SUBJECTS: Wool
PUBLISHER: Australian Wool Testing Authority
REVIEW DATE: 27/02/12 [677] SCIS 1323005

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