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Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Rural planning in England: A critique of current policy

  • Year: 2009
  • Author: Curry, Nigel; Owen, Stephen
  • Journal Name: The Town Planning Review
  • Journal Number: Vol.80, No.6
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
  • Published Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • Country: United Kingdom

The article briefly explores the enduring primacy of agricultural planning over land use planning in rural areas in England since the Second World War. From this contextual overview, the paper critically evaluates in some detail a number of embedded land use planning principles that continue to sustain the residualisation of human welfa ....

Rural Science Education: Valuing Local Knowledge

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Leanne M. Avery
  • Journal Name: Theory into Practice
  • Journal Number: Vol. 52, No. 1
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
  • Published Location: Abingdon
  • ISBN: 00405841

Whether playing outdoors or working on the farm, rural children acquire science and engineering skills throughout their daily lives. Although 11.4 million children in the United States grow up in rural areas, compared to 14.6 million in urban areas, relatively little attention is given to rural science education. This article demonstrates that ru ....

Safety on small Australian farms

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: John Temperley, Tony Lower, Emily Herde
  • Journal Name: Rural Society
  • Journal Number: Vol. 23 No.1
  • Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
  • Published Location: Maleny, Qld.
  • ISBN: 1037-1656
  • Country: Australia

This paper examines for the first time health and safety issues for small farms in Australia. It provides evidence that small area farmers face similar hazards to that of larger operations. The results also indicate that further work is required to assist these producers in understanding both their legal obligations in respect to health and safet ....

Scaling results up from a plot and paddock scale to a property

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Scanlan, J. C. and MacLeod, N. D. and O'Reagain, P. J.
  • Journal Name: The Rangeland Journal
  • Journal Number: Vol.35
  • Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
  • Country: Australia

Grazing experiments are usually used to quantify and demonstrate the biophysical impact of grazing strategies, with the Wambiana grazing experiment being one of the longest running such experiments in northern Australia. Previous economic analyses of this experiment suggest that there is a major advantage in stocking at a fixed, moderate stocking ....

Scientists speak out against GM foods

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Katherine Wilson
  • Publisher: Tasmanian Times
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: Tasmania

In late October, as Tasmania began reviewing its ban on genetically modified (GM) food crops, a group of 97 scientists signed a joint statement that warned: 'The claimed consensus on GM organism safety does not exist.' Katherine Wilson discusses the GM foods issue Report Location ....

Selection, Agriculture, and Cross-Country Productivity Differences

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: David Lagakos and Michael E. Waugh
  • Journal Name: The American Economic Review
  • Journal Number: Vol. 103, No. 2
  • Publisher: American Economic Association
  • ISBN: 00028282
  • Country: United States

Cross-country labor productivity differences are larger in agriculture than in non-agriculture. We propose a new explanation for these patterns in which the self-selection of heterogeneous workers determines sector productivity. We formalize our theory in a generalequilibrium Roy model in which preferences feature a subsistence food requirement. ....

Should we restrict foreign ownership of farmland?

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Patrick J. Byrne
  • Journal Name: News Weekly
  • Journal Number: 2909

This article discusses the need for restrictions on foreign buy-up of farmland until a register of foreign ownership is established. However, the issue is complicated by the fact that many farmers would be happy to sell to anyone because of the parlous state of many rural industries. Discusses the relationship between farm debt and foreign owners ....

Signs of Countrymindedness: A Survey of Attitudes to Rural Industries and People

  • Year: 2012
  • Author: Cockfield, Geoff; Botterill, Linda Courtenay
  • Journal Name: Australian Journal of Political Science
  • Journal Number: 47.4
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Published Location: United Kingdom
  • ISBN: 10361146
  • Country: Australia

Some political scientists have argued that 'countrymindedness', a set of tenets about the importance of agriculture and rural life, is of decreasing political and social importance. There has been little empirical research to test this, so the authors conducted an exploratory survey of attitudes to rural industries and people. The results reveal ....

Small Farms - Valued contributions to healthy rural communities

  • Year: 2007
  • Author: Carole Hollier, Michael Reid
  • Publisher: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
  • Published Location: Barton, ACT
  • ISBN: 1741515823
  • Country: Australia

Australia's farming history has seen a shift from a countryside once scattered primarily with traditional family farms, to a diverse landscape where large farms operate next door to rural residential properties and small farms. This project aims to increase national understanding of the contribution that small farms make to rural communities. The ....

So what's new?: Drought, low rainfall ... a variable climate

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Shanahan, T; Spry, J; Hancock, B
  • Journal Name: Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges; Proceedings of the 2nd Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference
  • Publisher: Engineers Australia
  • Published Location: Barton, A.C.T.
  • ISBN: 9780858259119
  • Country: Australia

For over a century, farmers in the northern plains region of Victoria have adapted to the challenge of farming in a climate shaped by periodic drought and low rainfall. The "climatic" and "pricing" shocks which have occurred during the first decade of the new millennium have driven considerable change across the once stable production landscape. ....

Social and cultural factors that influence the adoption of sustainable farm practices

  • Year: 2000
  • Author: Phillips E
  • Editors: Shulman, AD; Price, RJ
  • Journal Name: Case studies in increasing the adoption of sustainable resource management practices
  • Publisher: Land and Water Resources Research and Development Corporation
  • Published Location: Canberra, ACT
  • ISBN: 0642267502
  • Country: Australia
  • State/Region: New South Wales

As part of the first case study 'Barriers and constraints to the adoption of sustainable farming techniques in the sheep/wheat industry: the sociological context', the large body of sociological theory which seeks to explain farmer behaviour is focused on. An ethnographic interview survey of 104 farm people was conducted in two Riv ....

Social and economic impacts of drought on farm families and rural communities: submission to the Drought Policy Review Expert Social Panel

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Edwards, Ben,; Gray, Matthew; Hunter, Boyd
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Published Location: Melbourne, Vic
  • Country: Australia

As one part of the Australian Government's National Review of Drought Policy, an assessment of the social impacts of drought on farm families and rural communities was undertaken by an expert panel. To support this inquiry, this submission provides preliminary information from the Regional and Rural Families Survey, which includes ....

Social and economic impacts of drought on farm families and rural communities: submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Government Drought Support

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Edwards, Ben,; Gray, Matthew; Hunter, Boyd
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Published Location: Melbourne, Vic
  • Country: Australia

As one part of the Australian Government's National Review of Drought Policy, an economic assessment of drought support measures was undertaken by the Productivity Commission. To support this inquiry, this submission provides preliminary information from the Regional and Rural Families Survey, which includes estimates of the social ....

Social assessment handbook: a guide to methods and approaches for assessing the social sustainability of fisheries in Australia

  • Year: 2005
  • Author: Schirmer J; Casey AM
  • Publisher: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • ISBN: 0642475709
  • Country: Australia

Fishing is an important economic and social activity for many Australians. Both commercial and recreational fishing provide employment and income, particularly in coastal areas of the country, as well as a range of other lifestyle and health benefits for the Australian community. The fishing sector faces many challenges, and is in ....

Social indicators for Australia's forest and wood products industries

  • Year: 2013
  • Author: Jacki Schirmer, Bill Binks, Robert Kancans and Nyree Stenekes
  • Publisher: Department of Agriculture ABARES
  • Country: Australia

In recent years there has been increasing interest in monitoring social dimensions of primary industries in Australia, however there has been no regular reporting of social data in the forestry sector. This discussion paper proposes a methodology for including social indicators in ABARES Australian forest and wood products statistics (AFWPS) ....

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