The lack of a common vision and integrated approach for agricultural development across Northern Australians’ agro-ecological niches has weakened the effectiveness of limited public and private investment to develop cost-effective and feasible solutions. Integrated crop-livestock systems (CLS) provide an opportunity to manage risks (markets, climate, policy, biosecurity), increase resource use efficiency and land-use, and provide flexibility for tactical decision making. Our project will build on momentum initiated by the Etheridge Shire Council, the Far North Queensland Sustainable Cropping Group (FNQSCG) and on-going CRC-NA programs to, 1. Co-design scalable diversification options and drought resilience practices for northern Queensland cotton, grain and cattle enterprises, and quantify the economic, social and environmental values and risks of these options, 2. Attract public and private co-investment to sustain participatory action research and development (R&D) for addressing complex crop-livestock systems problems in NA, and 3. Facilitate extension and adoption of successful practices across the region in partnership with the CSD led “Enhancing extension capacity to sustain growth of North Queensland Cropping Systems (A.2.2122031 )” project.

Dr Mobashwer Alam headshotDr Joe Eyre

Joe Eyre research experience at the University of Queensland includes co-designing cropping systems with farmers, agribusiness and multi-disciplinary research teams across North Eastern Australia and sub-Saharan Africa. He currently leads the CRC-NA funded “North Queensland cotton-grains-cattle farming systems” and GRDC funded “Establish Australian economic management thresholds for fall armyworm in maize (rainfed and irrigated) and sorghum” projects.

Dr Joe Eyre, Research Fellow, Centre for Crop Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation E: j.eyre@uq.edu.au

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