Funding boost for Monaro research

RESEARCH on the Monaro is getting a big boost to the tune of $635,00 with gift from the philanthropic McCaughey Memorial Institute.

The McCaughey Memorial Institute signed an agreement with the University of Sydney Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the forum in Cooma on Wednesday which will support a new program for sustainable animal production to begin next year.

The new program will provide education, research and outreach that focuses on greenhouse gas emissions from animal production - one of the key environmental concerns relating to farmers in Australia.

The forum at the Cooma Ex-Services Club showcased the research being done on the Monaro and the high country.

Monaro locals heard about the research being done by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney at the forum 'From the Ground Up' on Wednesday in Cooma.

Around 65 locals attended to find out about how the research might contribute to sustainable farming practices and impact on regional development

The forum was led by Professor Mark Adams, the Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney, who spoke about the faculty's vision for research on the Monaro, as well as showing the results from his research on temperature and soil respiration, and delivered a progress report on grazing and burning on the Snowy Plains.

Five other members of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment presented their research on the Monaro and high country.

Professor Mark Adams said the forum was a really important chance for the local community to find out about the research being conducted on the Monaro and high country, and some of the important results coming out of that research.

"Our team presented their results on work including research on soil carbon, carbon and water cycles, greenhouse gas emissions, catchment hydrology, plant physiology, biodiversity and animal behavior," Professor Adams said.

Professor Adams thanked the community for ther support being given to the University.

Much of the research is being done at Coolringdon near Cooma and on two properties on the Snowy Plains, involving locals James Litchfield, Barry Aitchison, Darvall Dixon and Neil Murdoch.

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