Smart Farm­ing Part­ner­ships to re­ceive $27 mil­lion

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

SOIL health, in­no­va­tion, dig­i­tal farm­ing and nextgen­er­a­tion weather fore­cast­ing will be im­proved thanks to $27 mil­lion in fund­ing through round one of the Smart Farm­ing Part­ner­ship grants.

Fif­teen projects will be funded through grants of up to $4 mil­lion to adopt the next gen­er­a­tion of sus­tain­able farm­ing prac­tices to ben­e­fit the fu­ture of Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources David Lit­tleproud said the multi-year grants would bring to­gether farm­ers, re­searchers, com­mu­nity groups and oth­ers.

“We are fund­ing am­bi­tious projects to ben­e­fit sugar cane farm­ers in Queens­land, gra­ziers in Western Aus­tralia and on farm weather fore­cast­ing in NSW,” Min­is­ter Lit­tleproud said.

“Farm­ing can be rough and un­pre­dictable. Dy­namic real-time weather fore­cast­ing helps farm­ers make bet­ter de­ci­sions in­stead of re­ly­ing on sea­sonal weather fore­casts.

“One project will show farm­ers how to use ma­nures and com­posts with other fer­tilis­ers to avoid dou­bling up and wast­ing money as they im­prove soil health and on-farm pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud.

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