The UWA Institute of Agriculture

UWA Future Farm 2050

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International farming projects


The Future Farm 2050 Project is based on UWA Farm Ridgefield. The Project's vision is to imagine the best-practice farm of 2050 and build and manage it now.

Why?

By 2050, we will have to feed and clothe 50% more people without destroying the planet. Business as usual will not be good enough.

How are we doing it?

It is a big problem and it is multidisciplinary. We are using crop science, livestock science, resource economics, architecture and landscape architecture, electronic engineering, solar energywater management, animal and plant ecology.

What are we doing?

The foundation is agriculture for food production based on a profitable mixed-enterprise farm, at the cutting edge of practical technology.

We are doing much more in our four pillars of activitiy:

  1. No-till cropping production
  2. Clean, green and ethical animal production
  3. The built environment for home and industry
  4. Contributing to the local community

Where are we doing it?

The Future Farm 2050 Project is based on UWA Farm Ridgefiled, a 1600-hectare farm near Pingelly, Western Australia. We operate across the whole of Western Australia and link into international projects.

 

Clean, green and ethical animal production
sheep
The clean, green, ethical (CGE) 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 production
saltbush
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.
 
 The built environment for home and industry
The Farm Manager's home makes the use of state-of-the art design and materials for energy and water efficiency to provide a comfortable and beautiful haven away from the rigours of farm work.
 
Contributing to the local community
The UWA Farm Ridgefield needs to be a good neighbour, to contribute to the local economy, and to serve as a link between research and industry and between the city and country.