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Farming systems, Land management, Farming, Agroforestry, Agriculture, Ecology, Farm Planning


This workshop grew out of a conversation between Maurice Barnes, a Trayning farmer and member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Dryland Research Institute, and Steve Porritt, the officer in charge of the Dryland Research Institute at Merredin. Maurice was interested in the idea of posing the question 'What would agriculture be like if we had known as much about this landscape in 1829 as we know now?', to a group of farmers and others interested in the central wheatbelt and its future. Maurice saw this question as a first step toward achieving some shared vision for the future of agriculture in the region. He was well aware that there was far greater understanding of this region and its suitability for agriculture now than when the first settlers arrived.

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