Funding now available for sustainable farming projects

21 November 2016


sustainable-agriculture-farming-demonstration-grants-template-round-6Agriculture in the Northern Agricultural Region is getting an innovation boost thanks to a new round of funding now available through the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC).

Round 6 of NACC’s Innovative Farming Demonstration grants is now open to farming individuals, groups and industry in the region, who are interested in launching demonstration site projects.

Funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, the Farming Demonstration grants have funded more than 30 fantastic projects in the region, on such topics as dung beetles, variable rate technology, and biochar.

Programme Coordinator Sarah Jeffery, who is overseeing the funding project, said past grants have enabled individuals and groups within the region’s farming community to trial new and exciting sustainable projects, and looks forward to a new suite of innovative sustainable agriculture activities being funded.

“With so much variation in our climate, and so much scope for innovation in agriculture, this funding provides an opportunity for our farmers to think in new ways about the future direction of agriculture in our region,” she said.

“The grants give individual farmers and groups the opportunity to ‘think outside of the box’ about what can be achieved for sustainable agriculture in the next decade.

Ms Jeffery said that whilst it is a busy time for farmers currently in full swing of harvest, she hoped they would find some time to think about what projects they might like to see come to fruition on their property and consider putting-in a grant application.

“We have field-extension staff on-ground throughout the Northern Agricultural Region who can assist with the application process to help make things easier,” she said.

The guidelines and the application form for Round 6 of the Innovative Farming Demonstration grants are available on the NACC website here until they close at 12pm on Monday, 30 January 2017.

This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For further information about the grants project, contact Sarah Jeffery on sarah.jeffery@nacc.com.au or 9938 0110.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kym Jefferies Kym.Jefferies@nacc.com.au (08) 9938 0100. High resolution photos are available upon request

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