The Improved Practices Catalogue is an online resource for farmers in the Great Barrier Reef catchments. This tool highlights a number of key practices for the sugarcane, banana and grazing industries and aggregates the evidence both for the benefits to water quality with the economic costs and benefits.
About the Improved Practices Catalogue
The beef, sugarcane and horticulture industries in the Great Barrier Reef catchments contribute $3.7 billion in gross value of production and support regional development. To grow agricultural production, the way natural resources are used needs to be optimized. This tool will assist you to consider improved practices. These practices are ways that landholders can implement the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 and the Queensland Agriculture Strategy .
How to use the guides
The selection of the improved practices was based on scientific research and economic modeling. For each practice, information on the references of the experiments that led to these recommendations is provided. This tool uses an alpha numeric code within the document (at the end of each sentence) that refers to the list at the end of the document. Should you wish to find out more, the links in the PDF documents are live and will take you to where the original paper or case study is published.
Within the each farm management system, a suite of complementary practices need to be implemented in a system to achieve cost effective pollutant reduction. To consider your whole farm system it is recommended that you take part in the Best Management Practice (BMP) program for your industry. This will consider not only water quality but productivity, resilience and business performance.
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