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Smart land management
he Upper Torrens Land
Management Project has sur-
veyed more than 550 land-
holders as part of an ongoing
commitment to ensure the group is
meeting the needs of the region.
The main purpose was to find out
what landholders see as the major
issues affecting their properties.
The survey revealed that 31 per
cent of landholders listed weeds as
the major issue confronting them,
with a further 7pc having specific
pasture weed concerns.
Erosion of watercourses ranked
second with animal pest control a
These results were not surprising
because most of the properties the
UTLMP is involved with have on-
going problems with weeds (envi-
ronmental and/or pasture weeds).
An integrated weed control pro-
gram is fundamental to ensure an
effective solution. UTLMP has a
holistic approach which incorporates
a collaboration of strategies to deal
with most of the issues highlighted
in the survey.
The project is a community based
not-for-profit organisation that
works with landholders in the
Upper Torrens region.
From the headwaters of the
Torrens to the Gumeracha Weir, this
area encompasses 20,000 hectares of
semi-rural land which hosts a variety
of enterprises, including agriculture,
viticulture, horticulture and hobby
Properties vary in size from 1ha to
The project is in its 11th year, with
the main objective to promote sus-
tainable land management practices
in the Upper River Torrens catch-
• Need to know more?
Gerry Butler (0407 972 149) or Kim
Thompson (0438 639 353) on 08 8568
1876 to organise a site visit and/or
Survey project studies
Torrens property issues
Survey throughout Upper Torrens
Weeds major problem reported
Program covers 20,000ha of semi-
Education Trust to
ment of organic
agriculture in Australia.
Chairman of the Trust Peter Cornish
said the aim was to attract sound
investment into scientific research
and education relevant to organic
and biodynamic management sys-
tems and marketing. Donations are
fully tax deductible.
"As consumers and society in gen-
eral seek improved health, environ-
mental, and animal welfare outcomes
from the food system, an increasing
awareness of the benefits of organic
farming is helping drive the market
for organic food and fibre, here and
overseas", chairman of OFA Andre
Professor Corish said in order to
capitalise on strongly increasing glob-
al demand, Australia needed to invest
in research and education to help
develop cost-effective organic food
supply chains that were in tune with
Australia's unique environment and
that "deliver high-quality food prod-
ucts and ingredients, and provide
farmers with decent livelihoods".
He said R&D investment in
Australia was lagging well behind
Mr Leu said the
OFA trust would help
Australia become a
organic food supplier
by targeting research
and education pro-
to Australian organic food and farm-
ing systems development.
"Investments in the trust will accel-
erate the development and uptake of
organic farming practices, thereby
underpinning the long-term sustain-
ability of Australia's food production
systems," he said.
"Highly qualified and respected
trustees will guarantee rigorous and
independent allocation of donations
in the future."
The trustees include: Prof Cornish, a
specialist in farming systems at UWS;
John Kerin, CSIRO Board, Southern
Rivers Catchment Management
Authority, chairman of the Board of
Poultry CRC and former Primary
Industries Minister; Helen Scott-Orr,
veterinary and agricultural research
management consultant, former
director NSW Department of Primary
Industries; Terry Hehir, organic dairy-
farmer, chairman Organic Dairy
Farmers of Australia, Nuffield Scholar,
and Paul Kristiansen, lecturer at UNE
in Agricultural Systems.
• Need to know more?
Andre Leu 07 40987610, 0428 459870
Research supports organic
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