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Sustainable Industries

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Innovative sustainable agriculture trial sites being managed with landholders and grower groups
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Farms participating in improved nutrient management demonstration sites
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Seedlings provided to establish sustainable and profitable form production systems using perennial plants
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Field days and workshops supported highlighting sustainable agriculture farming practices

 

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.

Community Input
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?

AGTRIALSITES Portal
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.

Visit the site to provide feedback and comments via the "Post Reply" box.

Sustainable Industries Projects

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The eConnected Grainbelt project is led by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and funded by Royalties for Regions. WNRM, University of Western Australia (UWA) and Planfarm are partners in delivering this demonstration project in the Wheatbelt.

 

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Lakes throughout south-western WA offer vital amenity to their local communities being places of scenic beauty, recreation, meeting places, plus supporting significant wildlife and plant habitats.  They also support local tourism, which in turn creates economic benefits for nearby communities.

 

Annual Pasture System (Left) vs Perennial Pasture (Right)
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The trials and demonstrations project will help establish high-quality large and small scale demonstration sites across the Avon River Basin. The project will look at innovative practices within cropping management, sustainable grazing, agroforestry, and soil management systems.

No-Till Seeding
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This project will help farmers increase their skills and knowledge to improve nutrient management by using on innovative agricultural solutions that enhance our natural resources. We are developing sites throughout the Avon River Basin to demonstrate soil monitoring, management and nutrient planning practices/techniques.

Nick and Lucy Kelly
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The Wheatbelt Champions project celebrated farmers involved in Wheatbelt NRM's Soil Conservation Incentive Program (SCIP). It highlighted local farmers for trying new farming practices to increase productivity and sustainability and for encouraging others to follow their example.

 

Saltland with Saltbush and Sandfires bushes in forground
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SaltCap gives you information about managing saltland areas on your property. It is a decision support tool developed by the Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research Centre (FFI CRC) and is publicly available through the Saltland Genie website.

Aerial Photo of the Eastern Wheatbelt WA
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This project worked in partnership with several organisations to develop an extension program supporting decision-making for revegetation projects.  The project worked directly with individual landholders to develop agroforestry management plans, helping them include revegetation and conservation activities on their farms.

Seeder from the Air
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This project was a partnership between Wheatbelt NRM, CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship, and AvonGro. The Farming Landscapes for the Future Tool (FLFT) was developed by CSIRO and AvonGro. The tool tests the economic outcomes of growing perennial plants against traditional cropping and livestock systems and different climate scenarios.

Results of high winds over Wheatbelt
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This project developed a spatial planning system for climate change and carbon investment in the Wheatbelt. Through its Regional NRM Strategy, Wheatbelt NRM had set out investment priorities in the Avon River Basin.

Sheep grazing in biodiverse agricultural system
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Farmers across the Wheatbelt are increasingly using agroforestry for production benefits ranging from timber and energy production to forage for sheep production.

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This harvest, while you’re waiting in the queue or filling up the fuel tank, why not take some time and check out some apps that are now available and can help making your on-farm decisions easier. Keep reading to get excited about the apps currently in development or let us know if you’re looking for an app to help your farm business. 

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, called for applications for the competitive $50 million Smart Farms Small Grants, through the National Landcare Program, which opened on 24 October 2017.

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Perhaps most exciting, is the germination of the bush tomatoes, which Deb has being trying to achieve for the last two years. With the first 100 plants going in the ground in early November and another 900 to follow, there should be tomatoes galore at the end of the growing season.

 

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Over 70 people attended the WA Pasture and Livestock Update held on the 5 October in partnership with Wheatbelt NRM, Evergreen and WA & Meat and Livestock Australia(MLA).

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In the Eastern Wheatbelt, livestock production accounts for a significant portion of income within the typical farming business. The recent run of dry years has depleted the pasture seedbank resulting in pastures that consist mostly of volunteer weeds such as cape weed and radish.

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This year’s wet summer has provided a nitrogen windfall for many broad acre farmers in the Wheatbelt.

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AGM 2015 - Daniel Dadd, National Australia Bank

AGM 2015 - Dr Andrew Wherrett, Living Farm

AGM 2015 - Rebecca Heath, Dept. Agriculture & Food WA

AGM 2016 - Mark Grogan, Community Pods

AGM 2016 - Ray Wilson, Carbon Neutral

AGM 2016 - Ben Cole, Wide Open Agriculture

Biological farming and Nutrient Use Efficiency - Part 1

Biological farming and Nutrient Use Efficiency - Part 2

Greener Horizons - Michael Hogan, Bencubbin

Greener Horizons - Ian Hall, Aldersyde

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The Team