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A brighter future for Australian pastures

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Greg Bender, GRDC Program Consultant "Diverse" is a way to describe pastures: diverse uses in different farming enterprises and regions, and biodiversity of species including annual and perennial grasses, legumes, herbs and shrubs... Clearly pastures make a valuable contribution to the production of agricultural commodities, but the inherent diversity of pastures makes it difficult to estimate their total economic and environmental value to Australia... Ongoing support for research, development and extension (R,D&E) in pasture varieties, agronomy and management from federal and state governments, universities, CSIRO and rural R&D funding organisations is an essential part of the success of pastures...