Biodiversity in Grain and Graze
Many of Australia’s mixed farming landscapes have been extensively cleared and the ecosystem altered by European farming practices. The Grain and Graze program investigated the level of biodiversity on mixed farms, how various actions and practices enhance or deplete biodiversity.
Known as the BiGG program (Biodiversity in Grain and Graze), the project conducted ground breaking work to understand what biodiversity exists on mixed farms, the value farmers placed on their natural assets and identified some practical actions farmers can take to enhance this diversity while improving their business. Integrated pest management (IPM) and soil biology were two stand out components.