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Actions and Effort - To adapt to increased farm production

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*Progress rating is an indictaive qualitative assessment, these wil be further refined through data analysis, stakeholder and community consultation.

Strategic priority: Manage risk to agricultural production

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 Research and development in utilising integrated and new approaches for managing risks to agriculture (WS)Drought stock containment grants
Continue to deliver soil erosion remediation works (WS) 
 
 
 

Strategic priority: Establish sustainable agricultural practices

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Create awareness and acceptance of sustainable management practices to improve land and soil conditionEducate landowners of their responsibilities (WS)
Gecko Clan is practising mosaic burning with Yorta Yorta 
Develop a series of workshops for landholders with holding under 250 acres on soil health, weed management and ID, fire prevention and planning (WS)
Encourage research and development of small acreage farming so that regional production is enhanced despite sub-division of land (WS)

The GB CMA SoilCare program promotes 100% ground cover all year round. 

Embrace new sustainable technologies/land use modelling systems (WSThe GB CMA SoilCare Program have run a series of forums highlighting the importance of organic matter in the soil, Composting and high level speakers promote whole of farm practices.

Strategic priority: Increace biodiversity in agricultural landuse

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Create awareness and acceptance of land management practices that protect and improve terrestrial and aquatic habitatIncrease biodiversity along minor waterways for benefits downstream (WS)

Strathbogies Streams Project provided funding to community to deliver grants to non-priority streams.

Quantify and educate landholders regarding production benefits of good riparian management. Also need to secure funding to implement (WS)
Use the vast knowledge of aging agency staff to educate landholders about the benefits to productive farming when biodiversity is increased. Often incentive are need for practise change (WS)
 
Identify environmental stewardship opportunities for land managersDevelop an education campaign that focuses on increasing knowledge and acceptance of the need for biodiversity conservation (RCSCOmmunity Groups have recieved threatened speciees funding for Owls, Brush-tailed Phascogales, Striped Legelss Lizard and Golden Sun Moth (State Funding 2016)
Provide incentives for landholder stewardship (active management for conservation) (BS 2010)Incentives provided through Federal Funding (Biodiversity Fund) and National Landcare Programme.
Promote benefits of strategic, whole-of-farm grazing management that promote both biodiversity and production (Apply learning’s from previous projects such as the Farm Business and Biodiversity Project, Green Graze, and Hill Country Environmental Management Incentives) (BS 2010) 
Work with landholders to protect and improve biodiversity on private land and build understanding of its contribution to sustainable and profitable farmingProvide landholders with information and/or incentives to improve the condition of terrestrial, riparian and wetland habitat (RCS) Booklet produced: "Healthy Hectares.  A guide for small landholders to create productive and environmentally sustainable properties'
 Manage erosion so that sediment load is reduced and productive land maintained (WS)