Stage 6 agriculture offers an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the essential aspects of agriculture from the farm to retail outlets and exports.
Students study the connection between production, processing and consumption, and the scientific principles of the processes between inputs and outputs. A study of agriculture improves awareness about how to maximise productivity and environmental sustainability.
The following resources can be adapted by teachers to suit the individual needs of their students.
Plants in agriculture
Plant breeders from Sydney University describe some of their work including the development of double haploid wheat, production of tomato varieties adapted to drought and heat, research methodology using wheat breeding as the context and the use of integrated pest management in controlling crown rot in wheat.
Students are provided with questions and answers that assist them to understand the HSC agriculture syllabus content and a glossary is included.
Animals in schools
Advice is provided to help schools be compliant with all animal welfare legislation as well as being an educational resource for both teachers and students.
Raising the steaks – the science of cattle breeding
This video explores the tools and techniques that are available to beef cattle producers to use in their quest to improve the productivity of their herd.
Watch raising the steaks – the science of cattle breeding video (23:18).
Transcript will be available soon.
Dairy farming into the future
The video documents the whole milking process in a robotic dairy. It includes an interview with Associate Professor Kendra Kerrisk describing the process and explaining the reasons for its development and use.
Watch dairy farming into the future video (13:54).
Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Agriculture Stage 6 Syllabus (2013) © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2021.