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UWA Future Farm 2050

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

The population of the world is tipped to reach 9.5 billion by 2050 and the world will have to feed and clothe 50 percent more people than we do now without destroying the planet.

UWA Future Farm 2050, opened in 2009, is a multidisciplinary project based on a 1600-hectare farm near Pingelly, Western Australia. 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.

To fulfill our mission we need to draw on expertise in agricultural science, resource economics, architecture and landscape architecture, electronic engineering, solar energy, wildlife ecology, and plant ecology.

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.
Ecosystems and biodiversity management
Biodiversity
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.
Critical Zone Observatory
Understanding the interactions between soil, rock, water, air and living organisms within a complex and ancient weathered landscape is necessary to implement state of the art land use management to improve productivity and sustainability of land (e.g. cropping, pasture, revegetation). The UWA-CZO, Australia’s first Critical Zone Observatory addresses these interactions and is part of a global network.
 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.
Energy and water
No farm should be a net importer of water or electricity. UWA Future Farm 2050 uses solar systems to be independent of the electricity grid, and modern systems of rainwater management so it can supply all the farm's needs for both people and livestock.
Contributing to the local community
The UWA Future Farm 2050 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.
International Partnerships
Research
The UWA Future Farm 2050 is one of a number of international projects which are undertaking research into the best practice farming techniques for the future.