The National Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships provide multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place innovative and sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.
Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, called for groups of innovative and talented organisations and individuals in the agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries in Pearce to put their heads together and apply to the $60 million Smart Farming Partnerships.
“These Smart Farming Partnerships will support the development, trialing and implementation of next generation farming, forestry and fishing practices,” Mr Porter said.
“These partnership grants will get behind larger projects and support the formation of relevant and effective partnerships between experienced and skilled organisations and individuals.
“The grants will help groups of organisations to come up with, or take advantage of, the next great idea, the benefits of which can be shared across the community and the world.
“Having healthy and productive soils, biodiversity and vegetation benefits farmers, communities and consumers.
“Applying sustainable land and water management practices on the ground and harnessing local knowledge is delivering real environmental and financial benefits to our communities and farm businesses—that is why the government has invested $1 billion in the future of Landcare.
“I know that farmers in Pearce are innovators, and the government is supporting that innovative thinking to help local farmers continue to farm smarter, not harder.
“I encourage interested parties to get in touch with my office to find out more about the Smart Farming Partnerships and how to apply.”
This round of Smart Farming Partnerships grants close on 21 December 2017.
For more information on the grant and how to apply: www.nrm.gov.au