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Working together in Grey to farm smarter, not harder


Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey welcomes the Government’s Smart Farming Partnerships funding.


“The National Landcare Program’s new Smart Farming Partnerships will provide multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices, which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity,” he said.


Mr Ramsey called for groups of innovative and talented organisations and individuals in the agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries in the electorate to put their heads together and apply for the $60 million Smart Farming Partnerships, which opened today.


“These Smart Farming Partnerships will support the development, trialling and implementation of next generation farming, forestry and fishing practices,” he said.


“The partnership grants will get behind larger projects and support the formation of relevant and effective partnerships between experienced and skilled organisations and individuals.


“The funding 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 community and the world.


“Having healthy and productive soils, biodiversity and vegetation benefits farmers, communities and consumers.


“Applying sustainable land and water management practices on the ground and harnessing local knowledge is delivering tangible environmental and financial benefits to our communities and farm businesses—that is why the government has invested $1 billion in the future of Landcare.


“I know farmers are innovators, and the Government is supporting that innovative thinking to help local farmers continue to farm smarter, not harder.

“Grower groups are proactive in recognising the issues in managing soils and this funding could enable them to make use of innovation and research to be more productive whilst remaining enviroinmentally sustainable.


“I encourage interested parties to get in touch with my office to find out more about the Smart Farming Partnerships and how to apply.”


For more information on the grant and how to apply:




Fast facts

·         Part of the $134 million over six years for the Smart Farm grants through the next phase of the $1 billion National Landcare Program.

·         Smart Farming Partnerships are multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million for groups of organisations.  The round opens on 19 October and closes 21 December 2017.

·         Landcare is protecting iconic places and threatened plants and animals, with more than 450 projects helping to protect these important environmental assets.



Media contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744

October 17 2017


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