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Merredin farm group receives more than $89,000 for land care

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 that Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group was successful in receiving $89,348 under phase two of the program show how soil productivity constraints can be identified and managed more effectively by combining on-farm, and free, remotely sensed data to determine land use capability.

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

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

This grant will help the Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group to identify and map production zones and soil constraints on eight farms with an area of 42,000 hectares.

Ms Price said this project will provide the farmers who operate in the 6.4 million hectare Eastern Wheatbelt with the knowledge and motivation to implement better soil management practices.

“The wider farming community will benefit from increased information sharing through the established grower group networks,” said Ms Price.

“The Eastern Wheatbelt typically receives low rainfall and this project will allow data to be used to trial improved crop management input, soil constraint improvement and more appropriate land use practices.”

Chairperson of the Merredin and Districts Farm Improvement Group, Doug McGinniss, said he was “stoked” to get this grant.

“We need to use digital tools to identify different soil types on farms to be able to apply different management practices to each soil type,” he said.

“Digital tools are being used more and more these days.”

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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