22 September 2021

Benefit-cost analysis lends support for improved farm dam management

New Sustainable Farms research looking at the potential net benefits from enhancing farm dams has yielded promising results.

Sustainable Farms Economics Research Fellow Dr Helena Clayton said that the study is an important proof-of-concept, demonstrating the potential for improved farm profit if water quality and animal weight gains can be achieved from enhancing farm dams.

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13 August 2021

New planting guide for enhancing farm dams

Sustainable Farms is delighted to launch the new resource, Enhancing farm dams: What to plant in and around your dam.

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24 May 2021

The Bird Checker app: estimate bird occupancy on farms

Ever wondered which birds might live on your farm? The Sustainable Farms webtool, Bird Checker: A bird occupancy estimator, enables the user to estimate which birds are likely to be found on a farm in the box-gum grassy woodlands.

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31 March 2021

Sustainable Farms Research Results Workshops

In May-June, Sustainable Farms will hold three Research Results Workshops across the project area. Researchers from ecology, mental health and economics will share latest research results to help support practice change on farms in the temperate eucalypt woodlands.

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15 December 2020

2021 calendar – hot off the press!

Each year we create a calendar highlighting nature on farms. For this year’s calendar we asked farmers in our project area to share a photo and story about their favourite tree.

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22 October 2020

Sustainable farm financing: discussion summary

In an era of climatic uncertainty and increasing droughts, farm improvement projects that restore degraded land, enhance natural assets and improve drought resilience are becoming ever more important. However, sustainable funding of these projects presents a challenge that requires novel solutions.

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10 September 2020

Passing the baton in the ecology team

This week our senior field ecologist, Dr Mason Crane (pictured above checking a nest box), leaves us to join the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, marking the end of an era and passing the baton to a new team of field staff for Sustainable Farms.

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08 September 2020

Ten ways to improve the natural assets on a farm

Sustainable Farms is delighted to launch our new booklet, Ten ways to improve the natural assets on a farm. The booklet highlights ten discrete projects that farmers can undertake to improve the health of natural assets – such as dams, shelterbelts or riparian areas – on their properties.

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08 September 2020

Towards healthy farms, healthy farmers and healthy profits

One small change on a farm could create new habitat for native animals and lead to increased stock productivity. That’s the message of a new publication launched this week by The Australian National University’s Sustainable Farms project.

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12 August 2020

Farmers favourite tree challenge

Is there a big tree on your property that’s special to you? If so, we’d love you to participate in our “farmer’s favourite tree challenge 2021”.

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16 July 2020

Investing in healthy farms for the future

Research by Professors Bruce Chapman and David Lindenmayer, Research Directors of Sustainable Farms at The Australian National University, has identified a new way of financing farm improvement investments that minimises the financial risk and accompanying stress that often comes with the use of traditional bank loans.

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12 November 2019

Now is the time to invest in natural assets for drought resilience

The Morrison Government’s new drought policy announced last week is big news in agricultural circles and has sparked debate about the best way to support farmers through what many are describing as the toughest drought they’ve encountered.

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09 April 2019

ANU Sustainable Farms funded to measure the benefits of improving farm dams

Sustainable Farms have been given $5.93 million in Australian Government funding to measure the benefits of improving farm dams. For the first time, researchers will be able to quantify the gains made in biodiversity, productivity and wellbeing when farmers improve their dams. Professor David Lindenmayer said, “You’d be hard pressed to find a better investment for a farm than making small improvements to their dams.”

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19 November 2018

Sustainable farming in the face of climate change

Professor David Lindenmayer has had a busy month…

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12 October 2018

Generous gift of land for Sustainable Farms

Kent Keith recently made a gift of land to help improve farming communities.

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26 September 2018

Another first for Sustainable Farms long-term monitoring

The Greater Murray Biodiversity Monitoring Program  has been running for more than a decade, and it is always exciting when new native species are found. During this winter’s bird surveys, one of our Sustainable Farms ecologists was thrilled to discover the threatened Southern Bell Frog, also known as the Growling Grass Frog, while randomly checking under […]

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20 September 2018

Winter Bird Surveys 2018

Our team of field ecologists has been conducting regular wildlife surveys at the same sites in the woodland ecosystems west and northwest of Canberra for nearly 20 years.

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03 August 2018

Researchers collaborate to help Australian farmers

Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) will play an important role in a five-year initiative that aims to improve environmental, economic and social outcomes in rural Australia by helping farmers better manage their natural assets.

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