Sustainable Farming

Mission Beach banana grower takes out horticulture award

A banana farmer at Mission Beach in the Wet Tropics region of Far North Queensland has been awarded the top prize in the horticulture category of the inaugural Reef Rescue Awards.

Winner Ian Barnes had already made significant farming improvements on the family farm using his own funds but with the help of a well-timed Reef Rescue grant in 2011 (Cyclone Yasi wiped out their entire crop and destroyed their shed in February of that year), Ian was able to make further changes which improved both his soil and nutrient management, thereby reducing the risk of run-off from the property.

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Carbon Farming to feature at FNQ Field Day

Media Release
8 May 2013

Four organisations across FNQ are bringing together some of Australia’s leading carbon farming specialists at this year’s FNQ Field Day, which takes place 29 – 30 May at Mareeba.

Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, Southern Gulf Catchments, Cook Shire Council and Terrain NRM are providing visitors to the field day with a jam-packed schedule of presentations and workshops as well as technical natural resource management information and extension services.

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Field days look at fertiliser efficiency research

The dairy industry has held field days across Queensland showcasing some of the latest research and findings on fertiliser efficiency, as part of a research project by Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University.

Dr David Rowlings at QUT is one of the researchers involved and said that the fertiliser treatments have been designed to mimic average commercial irrigated ryegrass-kikuyu pasture rotations used in the tropics and sub-tropics.

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To till or not to till, that is the question

Thanks to funding from the Australian Government’s Reef Rescue Initiative and support from NQ Dry Tropics, north Queensland sugarcane farmer Stephen Lando now knows the answer.

For the past six years, Stephen and his team have been learning how to grow cane with minimal environmental impact and maximum productivity.

One of the ways they’ve learned to improve water quality and reduce carbon emissions while at the same time reducing operating costs, minimising labour and maintaining high productivity is through a process called minimum tillage. Continue Reading…

If you fence it, they will eat it

Making cattle eat the right grass in the right place is a lot like forcing a child to eat their vegetables – it’s difficult. When cattle find a more desirable grass species in a level, shady spot, they stick around.

This was the problem that faced Phil and Deborah Reid, the owners of Limestone, a cattle property located at the base of the Peak Downs Ranges near Emerald, with spectacular open downs and mountain coolibah woodland country.

Reef Rescue funding helped the Reids make simple changes to their farm infrastructure that allow them to better control cattle movement to achieve even grazing pressure and reduce erosion. Continue Reading…

Building their own machinery works wonders for Gordonvale brothers

On their efficient sugarcane farm on the banks of the Mulgrave River, south of Cairns, the Rossi brothers use innovative drainage and revegetation techniques, high-tech, custom-made farm equipment and fallow cropping to boost productivity and yield.

An old farm with a modern future, the Rossi brothers Mark, Tony and Chris are third generation sugarcane growers. Continue Reading…

14 Million Hectares of Healthier Land for Food and Fibre

Australia’s 56 regional natural resource management groups work have helped land managers improve the way they manage more than 14 million hectares of land. https://www.facebook.com/OurBigBackyard. There’s a lot happening in our backyard.

 

There’s a lot happening in Gulf Kids’ backyards

More than 100 students gathered in Croydon from across the Gulf to celebrate Gulf Kids Environment Day over winter. Northern Gulf Resource Management Group hosted the event which was themed around the Australian Year of the Farmer, as well as celebrating growing and cooking food at school and home.

Local producer Peter Kennedy from Alehvale Station opened the day with a speech about sustainable farming and what graziers on the Gulf Plains and Einasleigh Uplands are doing to manage their properties sustainably. This was followed by a working collie demonstration by Tom Mauloni, from Mena Creek.

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Sustainable Grazing in the Southern Gulf

Across Southern Gulf Catchments (SGC), future sustainable agriculture projects and services are being guided by the governments’ funding guidelines and local industry priorities through the Pastoral Industry Advisory Group (PIAG).

Our focus is on securing a strong future for our region and as primary land users, the grazing industry plays a vital role in the viability of our rural communities and overall landscape health. Simone Parker, Operations Manager, Southern Gulf Catchments.

The Pasture Industry Advisory Group is made up of twelve local landholders from across the region as well as representatives from Southern Gulf Catchments and the former Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.  It was initially established in 2010 to provide comment on natural resource management strategies as well as guidance on future projects and investment programs relevant to the region’s grazing industry.  Continue Reading…

The Sustainable Agriculture program – working together to improve and protect the land

The Condamine Alliance Sustainable Agriculture program is dedicated to improving and protecting agricultural land in the Condamine catchment.

It does this by helping farmers obtain and apply new skills, knowledge and practices to better manage soil carbon and groundcover.

Groundcover is one of the best ways to guard against erosion and keep soil safe.

Over the past year, the Sustainable Agriculture program has helped 150 cropping and grazing farmers apply improved practices across more than 20,000 hectares to manage soil carbon and reduce erosion risk.

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