Farm Table says:
This article and case studies look at biodiversity in grain & grazing production and how on farm practices can become more sustainable across various regions of Australia.
Key points were as follows:
- Biodiversity in Grain & Graze (BiGG) is a project combining farmers and researchers that look at the relationship between on farm practices and diversity.
- The BiGG farmers used in these case studies worked alongside researchers to help them achieve a better understanding of the data captured and how it can be further analysed.
- The case studies included in this document are as follows:
- BiGG is a bright spot in the midst of drought (Western Australia)
- Sustainability is important for managers – not just owners (south-west Queensland)
- Predatory insects and ‘farm-stayers’ are money in the bank (Victoria)
- Healthy soils, healthy lives (New South Wales)
- Student farmers collect award for sustainable farming (South Australia)
- Staying true to their natures (South Australia)
- Losing the view, but gaining the birds (Western Australia)
- Passing on the benefits to the next farmer (Victoria)
- Passing down a passion for the land (Queensland)
- Mimicking nature with pasture and ‘no-kill’ cropping (New South Wales)
- Thanks to a pioneer who had foresight (Queensland)
- Looking up by looking down (Western Australia)
- Building diversity from the soil up (New South Wales)
- The grass comes first (Queensland)
- Being roped-in to trials had a positive impact (New South Wales)
- A family tradition of nurturing country (New South Wales)
- Letting the grass – and the microbes – grow under their feet (Western Australia)