$100,000 grants for farm­ers to pro­tect soil

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

FARM­ERS, fish­ers, com­mu­nity and in­dus­try groups can ap­ply for grants of be­tween $5000 and $100,000 to as­sist them to pro­tect and im­prove the con­di­tion of soil, veg­e­ta­tion and bio­di­ver­sity and sup­port agri­cul­tural sys­tems to adapt to change.

For­mer deputy prime min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce called for ap­pli­ca­tions for the com­pet­i­tive $50 mil­lion Smart Farms Small Grants, through the Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram, which opened on Oc­to­ber 24.

“Our farm­ers take im­mense pride in man­ag­ing their land to en­sure they can pass on pro­duc­tive and healthy land to the next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers,” Mr Joyce said.

“Sig­nif­i­cant tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vances are tak­ing place in land man­age­ment and the Smart Farms Small Grants will pro­vide grant fund­ing to de­velop and ex­tend new tools, meth­ods and tech­nol­ogy for farm­ers to con­tinue to be at the fore­front of land man­age­ment.

“Our farm­ers man­age

61 per cent of Aus­tralia’s land and have a long-held rep­u­ta­tion for sus­tain­able and in­no­va­tive land man­age­ment.

“Th­ese Smart Farms Small Grants will help farm­ers to come up with, or take ad­van­tage of the next great idea.”

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PHOTO: CHET_W

HELP­ING HAND: Grants be­tween $5000 and $100,000 are avail­able for farm­ers to pro­tect their soil.

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