Posted on Wednesday, 8 August, 2018
Agricultural groups in Grey will benefit from Landcare Smart
Farms Small Grant funding to adapt to change, innovate and become more
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the Agricultural
Bureau of South Australia has been successful with two grants under the program
totalling almost $140,000 to implement more sustainable farming practices.
The first grant, the Innovative and Cost-Effective Methods
to Manage 'Emerging' Soil Acidity to Improve Soil Health, Crop and Pasture
Production, will receive $91,080 to help the Agriculture Bureau of South
Australia work with at least five groups in ‘non-traditional’ soil acidity
areas on the Yorke Peninsula and where soil acidity has and is likely to become
It will demonstrate the new and innovative technology of
soil pH mapping with the new Veris soil pH machine with each group to map the
spatial variability of soil pH across paddocks.
In the second project which has been granted $47,500, the Ag
Bureau of SA will work with the Minlaton Ag Bureau to run activities on the
Yorke Peninsula which will build practical snail management skills and increase
the rate of adoption of improved snail control practices amongst farmers. Farm
land managers will benefit from improved farm gate returns through lowering
farm costs and crop damage and by being able to better adapt to changes in
market conditions and access premium markets. A direct benefit of snail
management will be in the reduction of the risk of soil erosion in sand and
loamy soils. Benefits to the broader community will include higher air quality
due to reduced dust, smoke and soil erosion. The reduced use of metaldehyde
will benefit the environment. Improved grain quality will increase export
income and build community prosperity and well-being.
Chair of the Ag Bureau SA Mark Grossman said he was
extremely happy to win these grants.
“This funding will be of great assistance in providing
better management of acid soils, a problem which is becoming more prevalent with
changed farming practice,” he said.
Mr Ramsey said local farmers and community groups have an
intimate knowledge of the land they work and live on.
“These grants are about giving them tools and technology to
be more sustainable,” Mr Ramsey said.
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David
Littleproud said Aussie farmers have a huge job managing 61 per cent of this
“The grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 will support
Landcare groups and farmers through new tools, methods and technology they need
for their world-leading sustainable practices,” Minister Littleproud said.
“The first round of funding was highly competitive,
attracting over 800 applications. I strongly encourage those who missed out
under round one to apply under future rounds.”
National Landcare Program phase two is an investment of more than $1 billion to
was first launched in 1989 and has had bipartisan support for nearly 30 years.
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08
July 31 2018