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Wheatbelt NRM's Sustainable Industries program helps landholders maintain a productive agricultural industry that is environmentally sustainable.
The Sustainable Industries program works to increase the number of landholders using management practices that improve our natural resources. This includes benefits to biodiversity, soil health and water quality, while increasing production, income and resilience. To achieve these outcomes, we:
- promote and support innovation in sustainable cropping and grazing practices
- encourage using soil nutrient management practices that have environmental benefits
- promote carbon farming activities
- support trial and demonstration sites
- promote the biodiversity benefits of agroforestry alongside traditional farming systems
- add perennial plants into agricultural systems for biodiversity, water and soil outcomes
- support decision-making processes to help landholders choose suitable management methods
- identify and develop innovative technologies to improve NRM in the Wheatbelt
- help the community build networks, knowledge and skills to run onground NRM projects and increase sustainable agricultural practices
The farm practice change model underpins the Sustainable Industries program. The model describes the process that farmers follow when making decisions to alter farming practices – from motivation to trialling and exploration to adopting the change. We build strong relationships with our community over years, not months, so that regional NRM goals are included when making everyday decisions on farm practices.
We are always looking for community input into our programs. If you have new ideas for activities on your lands, contact the Sustainable Industries Project Managers on 08 9670 3100 to discuss your ideas or submit your project idea to us.
What’s happening in the Wheatbelt and beyond?
The AGTRIALSITES website showcases sustainable agriculture trials across Western Australia. It aims to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing throughout the WA NRM community. The website features trial and demonstration sites across a range of industries, including viticulture, horticulture, intensive grazing, broadacre cropping/grazing, agroforestry, and pastoral grazing. Topics vary from sandalwood to saltbush, compost to lime, dung beetle to blue gums – all with production and environmental benefits. Trial and demonstration sites will be updated over time.
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