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Landcare Research have released the results of their latest Survey of Rural Decision Makers. The survey shows that more farmers are adopting sustainable land management practices such as riparian planting, managing effluent storage, restricting stock from waterways and managing soil compaction and plugging. The survey included questions on emerging issues in the primary sector such as farm-level biosecurity and climate change. More dairy farmers and growers are intending to intensify their operations compared to those who partook in the 2017 survey. All sectors reported that biosecurity will become increasingly important in the coming years, and 75 percent of respondents believe that the country will be faced by an increased number of extreme weather events. Between 58 and 69 percent of those surveyed have done work to control erosion and 81 percent of respondents have excluded stock from major waterways.
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