Sustainable agriculture is the efficient production of safe, high-quality agricultural products using farming techniques that protect or improve the natural environment, social and economic conditions of farmers, their employees and local communities and safeguard the health and welfare of all farmed species.
The National Landcare Programme—Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 2015–16 (Small Grants Round) is an element of the National Landcare Programme. It has been designed to complement the implementation of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper (the White Paper).
Total funds available to the Small Grants Round is $2.2 million (GST inclusive), with funding to be allocated and paid to successful grantees in the 2015–16 financial year.
The grants will increase the knowledge and capacity of farmers and fishers, and facilitate the adoption of productive management practices that will maintain or enhance the natural resource base.
The purpose of the Small Grants Round is to safeguard the overall resilience, competitiveness and productivity of Australian agricultural and fishing industries. This will ensure greater profitability at the farm gate, while maintaining or enhancing the natural resource base.
Applications may relate to, but are not limited to, new farming techniques, new technologies, new production techniques or post-harvest product management.
Objective 1: Increase the capacity and knowledge of farmers and fishers to productively and sustainably manage Australia’s natural resources:
Applicants must increase the capacity of farmers and fishers by improving access to and sharing of best-practice information (including knowledge, data and techniques) on emerging threats or opportunities in sustainable production and land management.
Objective 2: The adoption of appropriate management practices that will increase production or improve product quality while maintaining or enhancing the natural resource base.
Applicants must outline how the adoption of the relevant management practices will increase production and/or increase productivity and/or improve product quality. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate how their proposal will maintain or improve at least one of these natural resource conditions:
“It is great to have more freedom than before to involve local groups and individuals in deciding how our community can play a part in national and international scale commitments for environmental and agricultural land management,”Condamine Alliance CEO Phil McCullough said.
The first of a series of small grant on-ground projects worth $85,000 will be considered through an expression of interest process being run by Conservation Farmers Inc.
Under the Project Management of CFI, the business will look to Management Practice Change by working with local Land / Farm Owners and engage approximately 6 direct farmers (dependent on funding amount and project delivery) in priority target areas and support them in adopting sustainable land management practices.
With the focus areas already determined the geographical area of priority will b: Jimbour, Cecil Plains, Kogan, Bell, Chinchilla, Millmerran and Quinalow.