25th Anniversary Landcare grants for nine additional ag projects

The Australian Government has approved funding for nine additional agriculture projects under the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants programme.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the projects across NSW, Victoria and Queensland would share in almost $150,000 in funding.

“These latest projects will tackle a range of natural resource management issues, delivering lasting benefits both for a productive agricultural sector and the environment,” Minister Joyce said.

“These projects are in addition to the 291 projects worth $5 million that were announced in December 2014.

“There were some great projects that narrowly missed out on selection last year—I’m pleased that we are now able to offer grants to these projects.”

The projects will tackle a range of issues, including:

– strategies to manage invasive weeds
– implementing sustainable practices to ensure healthy soil pasture systems
– assisting farmers make decisions about managing their crops and inputs
– revegetation to combat soil erosion and improve the health of watercourses

Minister Joyce said the 25th Anniversary Landcare Grants were about supporting farmers, Indigenous and community groups, including Landcare groups, to undertake projects to better manage natural resources that will also contribute to productivity.

“Farmers know what’s best for their land, and one of the great things about Landcare is that it helps deliver practical solutions to local problems,” Minister Joyce said.

The Australian Government National Landcare Programme will invest $1 billion over four years to support sustainable agriculture as well as protecting Australia’s unique environment and biodiversity. More information is available at nrm.gov.au.

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