The Future Farm 2050 is based at the University of Western Australia’s Ridgefield Farm near Pingelly, with the vision to imagine the best-practice farm of 2050 and build and manage it now.
Opened in 2009, Future Farm 2050 is a multidisciplinary project based on a 1600-hectare model farm. The mission of the farm is to develop a profitable mixed-enterprise operation at the cutting edge of practical technology for cropping, animal, environmental footprint, and ecosystem and biodiversity management.
The clean, green, ethical (CGE) animal production concept drives UWA’s teaching and research in animal industry and is embedded in the development of the UWA Future Farm 2050 production systems for sheep (meat and wool) and goats (cashmere).
No-till cropping systems, primarily for the production of wheat and canola, will integrate information on climate, soil, crop biology and pests (insects, diseases, weeds) with economic and management drivers, such as climate change.
Ecosystems and biodiversity management: Australia is losing its iconic species of animals and plants at the fastest rate in history primarily because of human-driven landscape change. Farmers are the custodians of 60 percent of Australia’s landscape so they must be seen as the solution, not the problem. The UWA Future Farm 2050 is leading the way by example.
Institutional Website: Future Farm 2050
Facebook: UWA Future Farm 2050
Contact: Prof Graeme Martin