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$60m to encourage Smart Farming Partnerships

The National Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships is offering multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity.

Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, called for groups of skilled organisations and individuals in the agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries to come together to apply for the $60 million Smart Farming Partnerships, which open on Thursday, 19 October 2017.

“The Smart Farming Partnerships will support the development, trialling and implementation of next generation sustainable farming, forestry and fishing practices,” Federal Minister Joyce said.

“The Federal Government supports innovation and these partnership grants will get behind larger projects and support the formation of 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 sector.

“Having healthy and productive soils, biodiversity and vegetation benefits farmers, communities and consumers.”

Under the program these partnerships will:

  • develop, trial and implement new and innovative tools that protect and improve the condition of natural resources (in particular soils and vegetation)
  • support productive and profitable agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries
  • protect Australia’s biodiversity

Federal Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, said the Federal Government has just finished a productive round of community consultations to help inform the next six years of the National Landcare Program.

“National community consultation sessions have wrapped up, attended by over 350 people, giving us great foundations for the next phase of the National Landcare Program,” Federal Minister Hartsuyker said.

“’Farming smarter’ is the mantra for the next round of Landcare projects—helping organisations and individuals to put their heads together to develop innovative sustainable agriculture practices.

Source: Australian Government

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