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Morawa farm group gets $24,093 to research soil improvement

Seven land care groups across the Durack electorate will benefit from eight, Federal Government, Landcare Smart Farms Small Grants to adapt to change, innovate and become more sustainable.

Federal Member for Durack and Assistant Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price, said she was pleased to announce the Morawa Farm Improvement Group received $24,093 under phase two of the program to help the region’s young farmers and future farmers to work with leading soil scientists to protect and rehabilitate soil.

“Smart Farms Small Grants support land managers to implement more sustainable agricultural practices and increase productivity,” she said.

This grant will help local Morawa famers with the project: Our Future is Beneath the Surface – Facilitating Young Farmers to Increase Knowledge and Adopt Best Practice Soil Conservation Methods, to benefit from the collection of scientific data about local soils in order to identify which soils need immediate protection and improvement.

“Morawa farmers manage 300,000 hectares of farmland, and the local environment will benefit from improved farm land soil management by improving soil acidification, sub soil compaction, wind erosion and depleting soil nutrition,” Ms Price said.

Morawa Farm Improvement Group Coordinator, Nadine Hollamby, said the group is looking forward to the project starting.

“It will give us an opportunity to look at a wide range of soil and get some answers,” she said.

The Assistant Minister for the Environment said Aussie land carers have a huge job managing 61 per cent of this nation’s land.

“These grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 will support land care groups and farmers through new tools, methods and technology they need for their world-leading sustainable practices,” she said.

“The first round of funding was highly competitive, attracting over 800 applications. I strongly encourage those who missed out under round one, to seek feedback on their application and to apply under future rounds.”

For more information about the National Landcare Program, visit: www.nrm.gov.au

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