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Title: Reading the land: influences of property management planning courses on landholders' soil management activities in border rivers-Gwydir catchment management authority
Contributor(s): Lobry De Bruyn, Lisa  (author)orcid ; Prior, Julian C  (author); Mascord, Lisa (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: Property management planning (PMP) training for farmers is an opportunity to improve land management practices. An evaluation of the impacts of PMP training (Farming Management Systems, FMS) funded by the Border Rivers-Gwydir Catchment Management Authority (BR-G CMA) in NSW was undertaken. The analysis reported here focuses on interviews with farmer participants who had completed PMP training. The physical property plan was considered useful by farmers and continued to be used well beyond the training period. Interviewees generally recalled the need to maintain in excess of 70% groundcover for soil protection and to increase rainfall infiltration, and claimed to be using this threshold in their grazing management decision making. However, two issues emerged that require attention in designing subsequent training courses. One, the low level of natural resource condition monitoring by farmers even though this was strongly emphasised during the course, and two, the need to develop a stronger link in physical property planning between land capability assessments and farm management decision making.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia, 1st - 6th August, 2010
Conference Details: 19th World Congress of Soil Science, Brisbane, Australia, 1st - 6th August, 2010
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science: Soil Solutions for a Changing World, p. 190-193
Publisher: International Union of Soil Sciences and Australian Society of Soil
Place of Publication: Brisbane, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 050206 Environmental Monitoring
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960904 Farmland, Arable Cropland and Permanent Cropland Land Management
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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