Fund­ing smart farm so­lu­tions

Gatton Star - - INTO RURAL -

GOT a great idea on how to get more out of your farm but need a boost to move things past the plan­ning phase and into prac­tice?

In­no­va­tive lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als can now ap­ply for grants of up to $4 mil­lion to im­ple­ment sus­tain­able land man­age­ment prac­tices.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Wright Scott Buch­holz said the grants were avail­able through the Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram’s new $60 mil­lion Smart Farm­ing Part­ner­ships.

“I en­cour­age pri­mary pro­duc­ers though farm­ing sys­tems and nat­u­ral re­source man­age­ment groups to put their heads to­gether and de­velop project ideas to cre­ate the next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ing,” Mr Buch­holz said.

“Th­ese grants would sup­port the de­vel­op­ment, tri­alling and im­ple­men­ta­tion of next gen­er­a­tion farm­ing, forestry and fish­ing prac­tices in our lo­cal re­gion.”

Mul­ti­year grants of be­tween $250,000 and $4 mil­lion are avail­able for help groups of or­gan­i­sa­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to come up with, or take ad­van­tage of the next great idea.

Mr Buch­holz said hav­ing healthy and pro­duc­tive soils, bio­di­ver­sity and veg­e­ta­tion ben­e­fits lo­cal farm­ers, com­mu­ni­ties and con­sumers.

“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 lo­cal com­mu­nity and the world,” Mr Buch­holz said.

“I know that our lo­cal farm­ers are in­no­va­tors, and I’m glad to part of a govern­ment sup­port­ing that in­no­va­tive think­ing to help lo­cal farm­ers con­tinue to farm smarter, not harder.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the grant and how to ap­ply, visit www.nrm.gov.au.

❝Th­ese grants would sup­port the de­vel­op­ment, tri­alling and im­ple­men­ta­tion of next gen­er­a­tion farm­ing... — Scott Buch­holz

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BRAIN­STORM: Fed­eral Mem­ber for Wright Scott Buch­holz (right), pic­tured talk­ing with Ross Mcinnes, urges farm­ing groups to de­velop in­no­va­tive ideas.

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