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Many people and organisations are trying to encourage on-farm practice change to improve environmental sustainability, while maintaining or improving productivity and profitability. They are providing farmers with a lot of information, resources, and expertise about potential farm system changes, land use change, changes in management practices, and the use of new technologies.
This advice interacts with other ‘signals’ that influence on-farm decisions, such as information from the natural environment, culture and society, farm activities, industry group directives, markets and incentive schemes, regulations, prices, peers, and research. For example, a farmer might receive information from their catchment group about invertebrates and sediment load. The action taken in response to this signal could range from ignoring it, to a practice change on-farm to reduce the amount of sediment going into the catchment.
The Signals for Land Stewards working group identifed the key signals that lead to a constructive response from land stewards that moves towards more resilient, healthy, and prosperous land use.
The Signals for Land Stewards research is continuing as two associated research projects:
These projects will provide guidance on how signals can be used to increase the likelihood of bringing about positive change.