We are in an era of increased energy costs, reduced water for irrigation, climate change, carbon trading, new technology and expanding private investment in conservation. Maintaining traditional land management practices during these changes can be challenging. For many landholders, adopting new approaches such as best management practices, will ensure they remain viable and could increase their profits.
This is an overview of options for sustainable land management; a guide to further information about techniques and alternative practices.
Natural management practices
Environmental and market forces are providing incentives to consider alternative farm practices. Some of these alternatives have been around for some time but the circumstances and technology that affect their viability are changing. Alternatives include: