7101.0 - Ag Mag - The Agriculture Newsletter, May 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/05/2009   
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Ag Mag | the agriculture newsletter


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been asked by the Australian Government Reef Rescue team to conduct a survey which will provide a baseline of the current agricultural land management practices occurring in catchments draining into the Great Barrier Reef.

The survey will be designed to enable outputs for the 30 or so catchments within the six NRM regions adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. It will also allow tailoring of the questions to the particular land management practices associated with the agricultural activities in the region

The adoption of improved land management practices is a critical factor in achieving improvements in Australia's natural resources. Identifying patterns in the adoption of land management practices, and changes in practices over time, will assist in the assessment of progress towards long term improvements in natural resources.

The Reef Rescue program is a component of the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country natural resource management initiative. The aim of this program is to reduce the decline in water quality reaching the reef lagoon by providing assistance to land managers to accelerate the uptake of improved land management practices. These improved practices will reduce the run-off of nutrients, pesticides and sediments entering the reef lagoon.

For more information about this collection please contact John Ovington on (02) 6252 6854.