SUSTAINABILITY IN AGRICULTURE


 
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

NATURAL RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT

SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION

SUSTAINABLE LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION

 
REGENERATIVE SYSTEMS

REGENERATIVE
SYSTEMS

HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT


HOLISTIC
MANAGEMENT

 
ORGANIC PRODUCTION

ORGANIC
PRODUCTION

SUSTAINABLE CROPPING TECHNIQUES


SUSTAINABLE CROPPING TECHNIQUES

 


“The common thread among these methods is an embrace of farming practices that mimic natural ecological processes. Farmers minimize tilling and water use; encourage healthy soil by planting fields with different crops year after year and integrating croplands with livestock grazing; and avoid pesticide use by nurturing the presence of organisms that control crop-destroying pests.”
— National Geographic
“What we are doing is not just for the human species” - Pip Job (Cumnock, NSW)

”We are custodians over a fair part of Australia and therefore we need to leave it in a better state than we found it” - Ken Baldry (Wallendeen, NSW)

”To me, sustainable farming is adding and improving the environment, rather than just maintaining it, and certainly not degrading it” - Stuart Barrett (Thangool, QLD)
— Target 100

SUSTAINABILITY COMES IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS & PACKAGES.

DISCOVER DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO FARMING VIA THE ICONS BELOW.

Many overlap and the list is not exclusive!

There is no wrong or right here — just the opportunity to become more knowledgeable about different systems.

What's next?

Markets for sustainably-produced products are being created around us, and often demand outstrips supply. From organic, to free range, hormone-free and now pasture-fed.

Perhaps produce that has been produced by matching stocking-rate to carrying-capacity? Productive Pasture Lamb? Biodiversity Beef? Holistic Meats?

Consumers want to know more about their products, and may be willing to pay more for products that have been produced in different ways.

SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Farmers are environment stewards of the land and often, the staunchest animal advocates around, but the word 'sustainable' still remains on the periphery in many farming conversations.

To be sustainable doesn't mean living outside the grid or returning to practices of the pre-industrial. Rather, it's using new knowledge, research and technical developments to ensure we adapt our practices for the future.

Sustainable farming can mean so many different things to different people. It can mean conventional farming that drives efficiencies and productivity, or it can refer to alternative production systems such as biological, organic, permaculture, agroecology or holistic management styles of farming.

The sustainable farming resource hub tries to bring the resources together across these facets, rather than divide by commodity group.

Please explore this page.



Editor's note:

I am currently working on what would be referred to as a 'conventional farm'. We run beef and sheep on improved pastures and when we crop we put down fertilisers. But, we are always trying to improve our system. We create bushlinks avenues that encourage revegetation and biodiversity. We primarily pasture feed our animals and utilise rotational grazing methods.

The Sustainability Hub aims to help you learn how you can adapt your current methods, rather than advocating for one system or another. As a young producer in a high input system, I wanted to learn more and I found the resources in this hub to be useful for my journey. I'm still working out how they can apply to our production system, our environment, our soils and our existing breeds and pastures. It's a journey. 

I have found the most interesting and insightful advocates of sustainable agriculture want to share their knowledge, not to push down others or to debate to move away from conventional agriculture completely. It is about how you can best be a custodian for your land, your business, your current and future generations.

Let's move beyond the Green vs. Conventional debate. We are all custodians of, and passionate about, the land on which we farm. Don't disregard another production system on face value or because, "it's not the way we do it here". 


The icons above are not exclusive forms of sustainable agriculture. Please contact us via the form below to tell us your story or insight.

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