A very high risk area for pesticides, improvement in water quality depends upon growers improving their land management practices.
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The Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF) programme is made up of a national network which involves facilitators in each of Australia’s 56 natural resource management regions. They work to support Landcare and production groups to adopt sustainable farm and land management practices, and to protect Australia’s landscape.
The Game Changer and Project Catalyst sugar innovation programs involve around 140 sugarcane farmers from Australia’s most productive sugar growing regions. The Game Changer program is a part of the Australian Government Reef Programme and facilitates on-farm demonstrations and trials of practices with the potential to cut pollutant loads to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Paddock to Reef integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting programme is a collaboration involving governments, industry bodies, regional natural resource management groups, landholders, and research organisations.
The primary focus of the programme is to assist graziers in the implementation of grazing practices that benefit both the landscape and improves the long-term viability of the grazier’s farm as a more efficient agricultural operation.