Environmental best practice advisory system for agriculture
A computerised informal environmental management system for agriculture is currently being piloted and tested. Based upon the principles of anticipation and prevention the system aims to encourage sound environmental management to ensure that detrimental environmental effects are minimised. The software uses a unique numerical index to assess current performance by comparing actual practices with site specific ‘ideal’ practices for a wide variety of farm activities. In support of the assessment routines, the system utilises a hypertext information system. Further support is available via a variety of modules allowing exploration of ‘what-if?’ scenarios to identify cost-effective means of improving performance.