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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
The global recession has reduced northern hemisphere emissions to a greater level than what is legally required so there has been very little need for trades to occur... In the near future we may have a fish industry based in rural Australia operating in a similar way to the poultry industry, based on the premise that algae has unlocked the method of using cereal grains as a feedstock... A farmer may have 20 years of increase in soil carbon followed by 20 years of gradual decline despite using accepted best practises to retain soil carbon...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Image of the Harrington Seed Destructor.. De Bruin Engineering's Harrington Seed Destructor (HSD), designed and manufactured in Australia, has been recognised on the world stage, winning the 2015 Edison Award in the US in the 'Smart Agriculture' category... Key findings include: 69 per cent of surveyed growers use a combination of methods to pick the right time to sell, while 31 per cent take the price on offer; women are more willing to try new approaches (42 per cent of women versus 38 per cent of men) and they are also more likely to adjust practices in response to the market (64 per cent versus 60 per cent); and 69 per cent of growers say maximising production and quality is the most important profitability driver; 31 per cent say managing costs is most important...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
Image of the Harrington Seed Destructor.. De Bruin Engineering's Harrington Seed Destructor (HSD), designed and manufactured in Australia, has been recognised on the world stage, winning the 2015 Edison Award in the US in the 'Smart Agriculture' category... Key findings include: 69 per cent of surveyed growers use a combination of methods to pick the right time to sell, while 31 per cent take the price on offer; women are more willing to try new approaches (42 per cent of women versus 38 per cent of men) and they are also more likely to adjust practices in response to the market (64 per cent versus 60 per cent); and 69 per cent of growers say maximising production and quality is the most important profitability driver; 31 per cent say managing costs is most important...
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Catalogue: Nuffield Scholar Reports
The aims of the report were to observe, question and review the issues involved with carbon policy across a mix of developed and emerging countries that were involved in international negotiations... The energy sources that we need to develop include: Bio-fuels Biomass Hydro Solar Wind Marine (wave and tidal energy) Nuclear Geothermal Hydrogen & Fuel cells... Soil carbon accounting and measuring models need to be simplified to allow farming business management to engage and comply both domestically and internationally...
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Catalogue: GRDC Updates
We need to analyse farming practices, livestock and arable, in an effort to minimise our carbon footprint and arrest our declining terms of trade... To date, most work on carbon is more "big picture" but to really make an impact we must adopt systems that minimise emissions and maximise sequestrations AT THE FARM LEVEL... Australian agriculture has been proactive in adopting technology in many areas including water use efficiency, compaction management, conservation tillage and livestock management with a looming carbon tax impacting ALL segments of business the pressure to increase efficiency is huge...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
The scheme is expected to cost some industries and benefit others, with profits possible for those that can trap (sequester) carbon or substantially reduce current carbon emission levels... Each company in the scheme will have an emissions target set for them, which can be met by reducing emissions or buying carbon credits... Experts predict that because of this, agriculture will be managed upstream and downstream: products will be assessed under the scheme at a point in the sale chain (for example, at the abattoirs for stock) and inputs will be assessed prior to use (for example, diesel and agri-chemicals)...
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
No-till captures carbon for Kyoto.. After spending billions of dollars exploring high-tech engineering options to sequester carbon - like pumping carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into underground geological structures or deep into the ocean - researchers in the US have acknowledged that farming and forestry are the most cost-effective means of removing CO 2 from the atmosphere... When Dr Rainbow visited the US, the voluntary carbon market was offering less than US$2 (A$2.60) a tonne of CO 2 while in Europe the figure was 19 euros ( 2 concentrations is valued at more than US$25/t and carbon credits are trading on Chicago Climate Exchange for just under US$5 and..
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
Grain growers in the northern region can look forward to an informative program with expert speakers at the upcoming Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Grower Updates this February and March... GRDC northern panel chairman James Clark, said four Grower Updates were being held in northern NSW and southern Queensland during February and March that would provide invaluable updates to research and farming practices... Surat, Qld - New Royal Hotel - 9 March 2012 "With a carbon tax about to be introduced, growers can't afford to miss these updates, particularly with two expert speakers who will discuss the carbon tax as well as carbon sequestration," Mr Clark said...
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Catalogue: GRDC Media
The latest in evidence-based scientific data on cropping soils, carbon sequestration and farming systems will be presented at the upcoming Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Update being held in Goondiwindi... World renowned expert in soil systems, Professor Iain Young from the University of New England will explore soil, plant and microbe interactions in cropping soils and provide an international perspective that advisers and growers can't afford to miss... "The Update is a chance for growers and advisers to tap into the latest research, liaise with our expert local and international guest speakers and become better informed on ways to boost productivity on farm in a more sustainable manner."..
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Catalogue: Ground Cover
An aphid saddled with an electrical penetration graph monitor and gold wire to study aphid biology and how it spreads the barley yellow dwarf virus in cereal crops... Dr Trebicki says the findings of the research in greenhouses at Horsham, Victoria, were consistent with other studies showing increased plant growth at higher CO 2 levels... Dr Trebicki says another AGFACE study showed that plant temperature has a major impact on virus severity, but further research is needed to test this theory in projected CO 2 conditions...
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