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Despite a popular perception that Australian agriculture is facing an 'age crisis', a recent study has found that Australia has a younger farming population compared with all but one other developed country - New Zealand... The study, funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), also found that while the proportion of growers under 35 years of age had fallen by 75 per cent over the past 40 years, most growers under 35 were on the larger farms that produced the bulk of Australia's farm production... The study found that the main factor behind the fall in the percentage of growers under 35 has been the decreasing number of farms due to farm aggregation, leaving fewer opportunities for younger people to enter agriculture...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
In particular I believe state and national agricultural lobby groups would benefit from the recommendations as they do much of the work in promoting agriculture in Australia and inevitably are used as media sources by agricultural and non agricultural journalists alike... Sir Gill says short answers of 20-25 seconds are effective, which I believe is an excellent technique when being interviewed by news journalists as it fits the "grab" length they would want for their bulletins... Rather than use the report to outline some of the traditional methods used by PR professionals such as holding press conferences and writing releases, I will instead look at some of the other approaches around the world to deliver the message of agriculture to the public...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
The threat could hinder Australian agriculture's ability to perform and compete internationally; to minimise the threat we should discuss a cross-commodity program, which involves government, and develops an understanding within our urban community of modern farming practices and the benefit of this to the environment, animals and people of Australia... Some specialists (Haniotis, 2011) reported strong government support, especially where the cost of supporting sustainable rural communities and the loss of eco-services provided by agriculture is properly valued against the cost of supporting agriculture... As a result of this missing contract the community supports agriculture less and less and the example was given in the States 22..
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Life-sized fibreglass cows are being delivered to schools across Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales to promote the role of farming in the community... Students will use the cows as a blank canvas to create an artwork for entry into the 'Archibull Prize' on the theme 'Grains and Sustainability'... "Art4Agriculture draws positive attention to, and generates community pride in, the grains industry, highlights the career paths it has to offer and provides a chance for young people to develop their confidence and capabilities," Ms Allan says...
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No-till farming was linked to the future of sustainable, global food production by visiting Argentinean specialist Andres Begnis when he spoke at the 2007 WA No-Till Farmers Association (WANTFA) Conference in Fremantle... Mr Begnis, from the Argentine No-Till Farmers Association (AAPRESID), told WA growers that in Argentina the practice was conserving soil and soil moisture in dry areas and arresting land degradation... Mr Begnis told the conference that Argentinian growers have been practising no-till since the late 1970s, with a dramatic uptake of the system in 1993, when it was adapted to local conditions - silt to clay loam and sandy soils and an average annual rainfall ranging from 500 to 1000 millimetres...
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Today, Mic is making inroads of his own, drawing on his engineering background to invent solutions to on-farm challenges... PHOTO: Evan Collis p>"Farming today is different than it was 20 years ago, and some of the biggest and best decisions I have made have been as a direct result of talking to other farmers, especially from other parts of the country and world.".. Motivated by a US grower who spoke at a Western Australian No-Till Farming Association conference six years ago, Mic's rotation is now two years of canola, two years of wheat, and three to four years of barley...
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Contributions to agriculture's development and three generations of its scientists' professional development have helped a Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) researcher win the 2009 GRDC Western Region Seed of Light award... Mr Young said many growers would know Dr Bowden as the straight-talking soil commentator standing in a pit wearing his trademark blue crocheted hat at grower group field days... The GRDC's manager of validation and integration Stuart Kearns says that of the $110 million invested by the GRDC annually, $35 million is invested in farming practices research...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Grains research enters a new era.. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has begun delivering on its pledge to secure the future viability of grain production in Queensland and New South Wales... With research suggesting that the majority of current farming systems are dramatically underachieving on water use efficiency, the GRDC is co-funding the innovative new project aimed at better understanding how northern farming systems can be improved to boost productivity and profitability...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Grains research enters a new era.. The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) has begun delivering on its pledge to secure the future viability of grain production in Queensland and New South Wales... With research suggesting that the majority of current farming systems are dramatically underachieving on water use efficiency, the GRDC is co-funding the innovative new project aimed at better understanding how northern farming systems can be improved to boost productivity and profitability...
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Catalogue: GRDC Publications
2013 GRDC Farm Business Update for Growers and Advisers - Launceston 77 Once we introduced this strategy to our clients not only did it save them tax initially we noticed another interesting phenomenon and this is demonstrated in the figure below... To encourage reflection, a program or timetable is required to ensure reflection takes place... (Please circle) YES/NO 2013 GRDC Farm Business Update for Growers and Advisers - Launceston 109 5 - Please indicate your degree of satisfaction with the presentations on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 is totally unsatisfacto,r 5yis moderately satisfactory and 10 is totally satisfactory in regards to: a)How relevant the information presented is to you in working with your rural clients b) How easy it was to understand c)How useful it will be to you when workingwith your clients Easy to Relevance Usefulness Comment understand Local, National and global economic outlook and the potential impact for Tasmanian agriculture Saul Eslake ............................................... ............................................... .................................................
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