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1378. Conacher, A. and J. Conacher. 1983. A survey of organic farming in Australia.. Biol. Agr. Hort. 1:241-254.
Describes a survey that sought to determine whether there were any farmers applying organic methods on a commercial basis in Australia, and what their motivations, practices, and success and problems were. Farms were identified, with 24 being grain/sheep operations. Results are similar to U.S. surveys. Farmers felt they had improved soil fertility, reduced erosion, and improved crop and livestock health. The environmental costs of modern agriculture are considerable in Australia. A 1975 estimate places land remediation for cropland and pasture at $675 million for that one year. Annual production losses were estimated in western Australia at $94 million.

2406. Hanley, Paul (ed.). 1980. Earthcare: Ecological agriculture in Saskatchewan.. Earthcare Information Centre.
A well-written text covering all aspects of biological farming in the prairie region of Saskatchewan. Practices apply to small and large farms. Includes reports from selected farms. References at the end of chapters.

5780. Reganold, J.P.. 1989. Farming's organic future.. New Scientist, 10 Jun 1989.
Describes the results of the paired farm study of Lambert-Claussen in eastern WA. Lamabert's long-term use of green manure and alfalfa/grass in rotation has maintained his yields and soil fertility, and apparently limited soil erosion to about 6" less than the neighboring field over the past 50 yr.

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