Farm4Prophet: 2. Assessing environmental risk of changes to farm management

Dianne Mayberry1, Zvi Hochman1, Neville Herrmann1, Harm van Rees2, Tim McClelland2, Neil MacLeod1, Stephen van Rees3, Vicki Lane3

1 CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Queensland Bioscience Precinct, 306 Carmody Rd, St Lucia Qld 4067

2 BCG (Birchip Cropping Group), Birchip, VIC 3483
3 Square V, Office 2, 328 Lyttleton Tce, Bendigo VIC 3550


Farm4Prophet is a web-based, whole-farm business management tool. It offers the capability to assess potential financial and environmental impacts of changes to farm management on mixed crop-livestock enterprises. Long term crop, pasture and livestock production are simulated using AusFarm to provide estimates of production, cashflow, financial risk and sustainability. These outputs can be used by farmers and their advisors to make decisions about the structure of their enterprise. This paper focuses on the environmental and natural resource management (NRM) impacts of changes to farm management.


The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

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