May 25, 2020

The Morrison Government is investing more than $5 million to help equip farmers with new skills and knowledge to improve sustainability and their bottom line.

Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon said he was delighted that three projects in Wannon would receive over $127,000 under the Smart Farms Small Grants program.

Projects funded in Wannon included:
• Protecting RAMSAR listed lakes and enabling farm enterprises to improve farm water security, adapt to climate change and increase farm resilience in the Lake Corangamite Area
• Digging Deeper - 'Implementing technical understanding after the - From the Ground Up Corangamite Conference'; and
• Grazing and incorporating cereal stubbles into soil to reduce stubble burning and improve soil condition in the high rainfall zone of western Victoria
A further two projects were funded $93,000 across both Wannon and the Mallee including:
• Informed decisions for managing climate variability in grazing systems; and
• Quantifying the benefits of multi-species forages and regenerative farming management practices on the natural resource base, farm profitability and resiliency.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said 113 projects nationally will receive grants of up to $50,000 from the third round of the Smart Farms Small Grants program.

“Australian agriculture has a long history of early adoption of innovation - the ingenuity of our farmers never ceases to amaze me,” Minister Littleproud said.

“They have always looked after the land and we are giving them a helping hand through this grants program to adopt best practice natural resource management methods.

“These are projects happening throughout the country and are about improving the resilience and productive capacity of farms.”

Mr Tehan said our farmers have always been early adopters of new technologies.

“These recently funded projects show the determination of many in the electorate to continue that tradition,” Mr Tehan said.

Grants have been given to farming and landcare groups for projects related to sustainable farming education, pest management, improving soil health, agroforestry and more.

For more information on the Smart Farms Small Grants program visit: agriculture.gov.au

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