Graham’s keynote presentation, Managing N and C to maximise farm performance, truly resonated with the audience. Many of the farmers in attendance are already in transition towards sustainable farming while others are not quite there yet.
What is more important is becoming conscious of how our food is produced, no matter where it comes from. This especially includes considering what it would have taken for food to arrive on the shelves of your local supermarket.
The conversation about the negative impacts of nitrogen fertiliser is often focused on the soil, but the broader environmental impact is just as big of a challenge. Watch Dr Craig Galloway explain why in this video.
Soil carbon helps with moisture retention and can get you through dry periods. Farm management practices should be wired towards sequestration of carbon from the atmosphere!
The soil is more than just a big blob of brown stuff. It has organic matter, mineral particles as well as a variety of microorganisms. The quantity of each of these determines the health of that soil.
Farmers are waging a daily war to keep their farm productive. Find out what they are doing on the battlefield to strengthen their allies and win the war.
I realised again that there is still a lot of work for us, as the sustainable agriculture community, to do. We need to continue improving the health of agricultural land.
Dairy cows on pastures are green ranching free grazing cows. These are happy cows, because they have the freedom to move about and enjoy green grass to eat. The farmer takes really good care of them and make sure they are comfortable and healthy. Read more about what the farmer does to ensure the good life that these animals are living.
There is no time like the present when it comes to educating the public about agriculture and the role it plays in our lives. It cannot be overstated how crucial it is for more people to understand agriculture and not be influenced by common misconceptions.
The average water use across farms is therefore 911 litres of water per litre of milk. The main point I would like to make though is that the water use efficiency varies between the different farm systems.