Local grants foster farming innovation and sustainability

25 May 2016

Local sustainable agriculture grants are set to foster further innovation and advancement in farming across WA’s Northern Agricultural Region (NAR).

Five new on-farm demonstration projects have been funded to support long-term management and sustainable production through Round 4 of the Northern Agriculture Catchment’s Council’s (NACC) Farm Demonstration Site Grants.

The grants aim to encourage the exploration and implementation of improved sustainable agricultural practices in the region and work to address important issues that face local farmers.

“NACC is really impressed with the quality of the applications, and the range of demonstrations that we were able to fund in this round, and we look forward to getting some great results that can help all farmers across the region,” said Sarah Jeffery from NACC.

The five on-farm demonstration projects funded through Round 4 of the grants are:

  • Progressing pasture biodiversity through innovative grazing-cropping practices – RJ and KJ Butler.
  • Improving water use efficiency for citrus growers in the Gingin area – Western Australian Citrus Improvement Group Inc.
  • Utilising Precision Agriculture Technologies to manage climate variability and improve nutrient use efficiency – The Liebe Group Inc.
  • Mango growers adapting to a changing climate – Southern Mango Growers Association.
  • Application of low rates of poultry litter biochar with traditional fertiliser to assess fertiliser efficiency and yield response – Energy Farmers Australia Pty Ltd.

Round 5 of the grants will open on 1 June 2016. Farmers, groups and industry organisations are encouraged to apply for up to $25,000 for projects in the Northern Agricultural Region.

“If any farmers in the region have ideas for innovative farm demonstrations that deal with some of the issues that are facing farmers in our area, such as salinity, nutrient management, pests and weeds or climate adaption, then we encourage them to submit an application,” said Ms Jeffery.

Guidelines and application forms will be available on the NACC website from 1 June, and will close on 5 July 2016.

This project is supported by the Northern Agriculture Catchments Council (NACC), through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

For more information visit our Farm Demonstrations page.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kym Jefferies kym.jefferies@nacc.com.au or call 9938 0124.

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