Backing smart farming practices in South West

Fast facts:
Smart Farming Partnership Grants ranged between $480,000 and $4 million
The National Landcare Program phase two is an investment of more than $1 billion to 2023
Landcare was first launched in 1989 and has had bipartisan support for nearly 30 years

South West farmers are set to benefit from a project in the Smart Farming Partnerships grants, aimed at developing and implementing the next generation of sustainable farming practices.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said $2,365,000 will be distributed to local catchment councils to improve nutrient use efficiency on South West grazing farms.

“South West farmers and community groups have a direct knowledge of the land they work and live on, so these grants are about helping them maximise and share their ideas,” Mrs Marino said.

“This will fund a project improving nutrient use efficiency on grazing farms in the South West, helping to reduce pressures on waterways and estuaries from excess nutrients and increase farmer productivity and profitability.

“The project will increase farmer confidence and capacity to optimise fertiliser use by establishing on-farm trials with champion farmers to demonstrate benefits of matching fertiliser application to productivity targets.

“It will also trial and implement innovative technology to measure pasture productivity and soil nutrient status.”

Mrs Marino said the project will increase farmer’s awareness, knowledge and skills to better manage soil, water and biodiversity and improve nutrient use efficiency, soil acidity and soil health.