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Integrating production and natural resource management on mixed farms in eastern Australia: The cost of conservation in agricultural landscapes

APN House, ND MacLeod, B Cullen, AM Whitbread, SD Brown, JG McIvor

Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment | Published : 2008

Abstract

A simple scenario and modelling approach to farm design was used to investigate the potential for improving on-farm conservation outcomes in three mixed grain-livestock farms in eastern Australia. With an increasing emphasis on multiple benefits from land management in agricultural landscapes, and current policy frameworks governing natural resource management and agriculture in Australia, much of the cost of conservation is expected to be borne by farmers. This is especially so in terms of production opportunity costs, which go largely unrecognised (and uncosted) in landscape planning. Simple landscape ecology design principles were applied to existing farm configurations in a scenario proc..

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