The South West Sustainable Farming program aims to improve soil health, agricultural production, profits and broader environmental outcomes by supporting farming entities to adopt sustainable land management practices.
The initiative has invested in on-farm demonstrations and trials with particular attention to the adaption of practices to local conditions. The project aims to facilitate farm-scale practice change through the learning of farmer’s trialling sustainable agricultural practices.
Eighteen successful funding applicants will trial, demonstrate and extend practices relevant to their industry and region across a wide range of industries including broad acre cereals and grazing and intensive industries such as horticulture and dairy. The projects investigate new practises and options in areas such as pasture cropping, salt land reclamation and regeneration, claying, perennial pastures, cell grazing, summer cropping, compost blends fertiliser management and biological farming.
Through the use of on-farm demonstrations, trials, extension activities and workshops, the project intends to increase skills of farmers and promote the adoption of sustainable agricultural practises on their properties. The focus of the on- farm demonstrations will be practises that improve soil health through better soil biology, maintain and improve groundcover to reduce soil and nutrient loss and manage nutrient addition to soils to improve productivity, reduce losses into waterways and slow rates of acidification.
Fifteen regional groups have been engaged in specific NRM activities through capacity building and the development of activities and 49 land managers have improved their knowledge and skills through demonstrations and extension activities.
The next twelve months will see the set-up of all 19 trials and demonstrations, with initial baseline data being collected, and on ground activities such as site preparation, sowing of pastures or crop and application of soil ameliorates taking place. As the first growing season and harvest progress, monitoring will take place to ascertain any changes and the effects of each treatment with each trial.
- Evergreen Farming Pty Ltd
- Katanning LCDC
- Shire of Dumbleyung, Dumbleyung Landcare Zone
- West Arthur Shire/West Arthur Trial Group
- North Stirling Pallinup Natural Resources
- Intuit Earth
- TB & RC Browne
- Primary Business Solutions
- Myalup Trust
- Busselton Marybrook Potato Growers
- DE King & VJ Nix
- Warren Catchment Council
- Wagin Woodanilling Landcare Zone
30 land managers, farmers, individuals with improved skills and knowledge
49 land managers, farmers, individuals with improved skills and knowledge