Sustainable farming and Market Instruments

Project Update

An ARC Discovery project investigating the uptake of instruments for improved land management has found that while Queensland beef producers were willing to participate in schemes that offered payment for environmental services, a lack of support for paperwork held them back from participating in such schemes. Getting help with the paperwork also improved their trust in government agencies and environmental initiatives.

It also found that in the dairy industry, uptake of a voluntary self-assessment tool called DairySAT which incorporates greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions abatement as part of a broader suite of voluntary environmental best management practices, forms a potentially crucial – yet previously unacknowledged – dimension of managing GHG emissions.
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Sustainable Carbon Cropping Practices

Project Updates

Our researchers can be called upon by other CSU research centres for their input into integrated projects.
One such project is looking at how farmers manage cropping stubble with the aim of making practices both
profitable and sustainable.

VaughanHigginsAssociate Professor Vaughan Higgins, a social scientist, has been brought in to evaluate a project run by the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.  The project Enabling landholders to adopt profitable and sustainable carbon cropping practices is a three year project (2012-2015) funded by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

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Regent Parrots and Almonds

The results of a major research project undertaken by a team of ILWS ecologists in co-operation with Select Harvests, Australia’s largest producer of almonds, and Government agencies in NSW and Victoria, have shown that almond plantations in north-west Victoria are helping to support threatened species such as the Regent Parrot. In return, native birds are also providing financial benefits to almond growers.

Regent parrot in almond orchard

Regent parrot in almond orchard

“Our research has shown that farming landscapes provide important habitat values for many species” says project leader Dr Peter Spooner. “In return, some native species provide important services to farmers, such as natural disease and pest control.”

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