Develop an organic management plan

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver AHCORG501, 'Develop an organic management plan'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria


Performance criteria

Elements describe the essential outcomes.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element.

1. Locate and access assistance in developing the OMP

1.1 Locate and access sources of support and advice including agricultural extension officers and training programs

1.2 Assess industry publications and internet sources for their value in informing decision making

1.3 Seek and consider contributions of work colleagues and others during planning process

1.4 Access information from certifier and relevant Organic Standards on OMP requirements

2. Design the organic farming system to be described in the OMP

2.1 Develop or obtain map of property to be covered by OMP

2.2 Determine time scale to be addressed in plan

2.3 Collect information on soil fertility and management, and weed, pest, disease and animal health status and their interrelationships to serve as benchmarks for development of management options

2.4 Obtain regional catchment targets for land, water and biodiversity and identify those applicable to property and sub-catchment

2.5 dentify components of OMP that need to be developed

2.6 Develop suitable format for planning documents

2.7 Identify risks to organic integrity for the farm enterprise and outline strategies to manage these risks

3. Develop soil fertility plan

3.1 Undertake or commission a soil fertility assessment of farm production areas

3.2 Map soil types and topography on farm plan

3.3 Develop and document soil fertility plan that amends soil chemistry, soil structure and soil biology, based on assessment of soil test results, enterprise performance, overall budget and intended cropping/grazing regime

3.4 Identify appropriate inputs according to the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce and/or agro-ecological principles

3.5 Document plan according to established format

4. Develop soil management sub-plan

4.1 Determine suitability of land for production based on soil type, slope, aspect and previous use

4.2 Develop soil management plan to enhance soil structure and prevent compaction and water logging

4.3 Identify appropriate inputs according to the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce or agro-ecological principles

4.4 Document sub-plan according to established format

4.5 Identify farm management practices and strategies that enhance soil fertility

5. Develop weed management sub-plan

5.1 Identify problematic weed species and observe weeds as an indicator of soil health

5.2 Identify life cycles of weeds species to inform management options

5.3 Identify appropriate inputs according to the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce or agro-ecological principles

5.4 Develop integrated farming strategies and cultural practices for managing weeds

5.5 Document sub-plan according to established format

6. Develop and design an integrated pest and disease management sub-plan

6.1 Collect and document evidence of pest and disease burden in farming system

6.2 Observe and monitor pests and diseases and their life cycles

6.3 Evaluate evidence of pest and disease burden to develop strategy for management

6.4 Evaluate pests and diseases as indicators of farming system health

6.5 Identify options for addressing pest and disease issues, including improving soil health, cultural practices and system redesign

6.6 Identify appropriate inputs according to the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce or agro-ecological principles

6.7 Document sub-plan according to established format

7. Develop animal health and management sub-plan

7.1 Identify regional and farm-based animal health issues

7.2 Identify options for preventative actions aimed at establishing and maintaining optimal animal health

7.3 Identify options for treating animal health issues

7.4 Develop a sustainable grazing management plan that addresses feed requirements, stocking densities and meets regional catchment land and soil condition targets where applicable

7.5 Develop an animal management program that ensures compliance to organic standards and/or agro-ecological principles

7.6 Document sub-plan according to established format

8. Integrate and finalise the organic management plan

8.1 Integrate sub-plans for soil fertility and management, and weed, pest, disease and animal health

8.2 Develop and implement record-keeping system to track various components of OMP as they are put into practice and reviewed

8.3 Review and update OMP annually noting any changes to farm practices