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  The UWA Future Farm 2050 Project
Professor Graeme Martin, from the University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture, is leader of the innovative Future Farm 2050 project. By 2050 there will be 50% more people in the world and those people need to be fed without destroying the planet. The Future farm 2050 project was born out of the idea of such a developing issue. To this end the project team convinced the University of Western Australia to own a real farm and establish it as the ideal farm for 2050.

Clean, green and ethical farming
Field Goal: Professor Graeme Martin, Leader of the Future Farm 2050 Project at the University of Western Australia’s Institute of Agriculture, outlines some of the benefits in running clean, green and ethical livestock. It is located at the Ridgefield Farm near Pingelly WA. It is a 1600 ha working model farm, mixed enterprise operation. ‘Clean' means that the farm reduces its dependency on chemicals, antibiotics and the like; ‘green' reminds us that grazing ruminants have a greenhouse gas footprint to consider; ‘ethical' reminds us that animal welfare is important. Current research into natural resistance and genetic diversity address welfare issues, such as mulesing, drug and chemical use. Future Farm 2050 does not practice mulesing. Indeed, Professor Martin hopefully predicts that within 5 years all Australian farms will be free from mulesing practice. Three to four superstar native plants have been identified which can reduce methane emissions by 20-50%.In addition these supply green winter fodder enabling sheep to maintain weight, combat worms and reduce mortality. On Future Farm, the star performer, Eremophila produced a greening effect in places where crops couldn’t grow. Such natives attract birds, insects and reptiles enhancing biodiversity. It also enables restoration of landscape, managing salinity and water table levels with improved profits, according to economic analysis of shrub-based systems. An important achievement would be Australia becoming mulesing free. You could say it is a field goal of Future Farm.

  Temperate Grasslands
Historically, grasslands have always been a feature around areas like Canberra, the ACT and the Southern Highlands. Journals, drawings and historical documents show massive expanses of native grasslands, as such areas were too cold for many tree species to establish. It is hardly surprising that 200 years ago, early European settlers went to these extensive grassland areas to start their sheep and cattle grazing enterprises.
FOG: Friends of Grasslands
Greener Pastures


  Environmental risk assessment and management
Dr Edd Hammill, from the School of the Environment at the University of Technology Sydney, outlines a novel approach to conservation practices, one born out of research into military and civil conflict. The principles used in this approach to conservation can also be applied to other risks such as risk of industrial accidents, the risk of spillages, the risk of pollution or the risk from climate change.

  Saving an urban catchment area
Jacqui Marlow, from the organisation Friends of the Narrabeen Lagoon Catchment, talks about the long history of community action in the area and the strategies being used to curb the latest threats. 

  Private Landholder Voluntary Conservation Agreements (series)
Not taking land for granted!

  Inland floodplain wetlands

  Christmas bells
Another native plant that loves a fire prone landscape

  Marine Parks
  Remediation of Sydney Olympic Park
  Ghost nets

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