Smart farm­ing grants open

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the sec­ond round of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Smart Farm­ing Partnershi­ps are open.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter David Lit­tleproud said the grants would be avail­able to farm­ers, Land­care groups, uni­ver­si­ties and oth­ers.

“We are fund­ing sub­stan­tial projects be­tween $250,000 and $4-mil­lion that im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity of Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture,” he said.

“These grants fund sus­tain­able agri­cul­ture by help­ing cre­ate new prac­tices and then hav­ing farm­ers use those prac­tices.

“We’re look­ing for ap­pli­ca­tions from across all agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries in­clud­ing crop­ping, live­stock, mixed farm­ing, range­lands, marine, hor­ti­cul­ture and su­gar.

“Grants can fund re­search, tri­als or de­liv­ery of projects which deal with, for ex­am­ple, soil health, pest con­trol, farm in­put ef­fi­ciency, Indige­nous in­volve­ment and cli­mate adap­ta­tion.

“These grants are de­liv­ered in partnershi­ps and of­fer a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for or­gan­i­sa­tions to part­ner with farm­ers to pro­mote the best prac­tices.”

Peo­ple seek­ing more in­for­ma­tion on the Na­tional Land­care Pro­gram can visit web­site www.agri­cul­

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