Were you at the Mingenew Expo? Our Sustainable Agriculture Project Officer, Anna, and Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator, Shannah, were out in the sunshine, walking around surveying locals. The survey supported by the South-West WA Drought Resilient Adoption and Innovation Hub, aimed to engage with locals to understand their knowledge of drought resilience practices, and assist in setting the main priorities for drought preparedness in our region.
NACC NRM is the Regional Node Lead for the South-West WA Drought Resilient Adoption and Innovation Hub (SW WA Hub), led by the Grower Group Alliance. Through this role, we are continuing to partner with producers across our region to develop, understand, and support priority concepts and projects. The understandings and desired preparedness actions of our regional landholders will be informing back through the Node to develop long-term projects and solutions for the region.
The Future Drought Fund (FDF) aims to enhance the public good by building drought resilience in Australia’s agricultural sector, the agricultural landscape, and communities. For the purpose of the Fund, ‘drought resilience’ means the ability to adapt, reorganise or transform in response to changing temperatures, increasing variability and scarcity of rainfall, and changed seasonality of rainfall for improved economic, environmental, and social wellbeing.
We had a great number of participants for the survey, and we were pleased to have a diversity of experiences and agricultural practises represented. Looking back over the data it was great to see that many of the land holders questioned have already began drought preparedness.
Through this survey, we learned that Soil Management and Best Practice Livestock Management were the major priority area for investment in drought preparedness in many production systems.
We are so glad to see that local farmers have already begun to adapt to drought preparation and are implementing mitigation practices. Some included in our discussions were perennial grasses to provide summer feed and ground cover, Controlled Traffic Farming systems to reduce total compaction, soil understanding and improvements, and increasing vegetative cover to decrease wind erosion.
We would also like to say a huge congratulations to Bryce and Owen for winning our raffle. Both won a $100 Bunnings gift voucher from NACC NRM as an appreciation gift for participating in the survey.
We expect that the next round of grants will be announced soon for the Future Drought Fund, so all information we provide through the Hub will ensure that our region has a say in the priority works that the funding targets.
NACC NRM is engaged through the Grower Group Alliance and supported by the South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund.