What We Do

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 assists farmers to maintain a productive and environmentally sustainable agricultural industry.

 

Wheatbelt NRM's Sustainable Industries Program aims to increase the adoption of farming practices that improve our natural resources, including biodiversity, soil health and water quality while also contributing to production outcomes for our farmers. Our program will achieve this by:

  • Supporting innovative, sustainable cropping management on Wheatbelt farms
  • Promoting grazing management practices that are sustainable
  • Integrating trees into agricultural systems for biodiversity, water and soil outcomes
  • Promotion of agroforestry trials that deliver biodiversity benefits and the benefits of its integration into traditional farming practices Increasing adoption of direct soil nutrient management practices that have environmental benefits
  • Building and supporting knowledge sharing that enhances sustainable agriculture
  • Identification and development of technological innovation for advancing NRM Wheatbelt NRM strives to support the practical decision making process of farmers in choosing whether or not to adopt a recommended management practice
  • Assist Landcare, Grower and Community groups to build networks, knowledge, capacity and skills for on ground NRM activities
  • Promotion and delivery of carbon farming awareness raising activities and development of demonstration sites 
  • Deliver community capacity building activities with a sustainable agricultural focus 

Our aim is to build strong relationships with our community over years, not months, in order to have regional natural resource management objectives considered in the complex farm practice decisions that they make every day.

 

Community Input

If you have new ideas for activities on your lands we are always looking for community input into our Programs, please give the Wheatbelt NRM Sustainable Industries Project Managers a call to discuss the ideas with them, or submit the idea through our website at:

 

SUBMIT YOUR NEW PROJECT IDEAS

 

What’s happening in the Avon Wheatbelt Region and beyond?

 

AGTRIALSITES Portal

 

Visit the AGTRIALSITES website at www.agtrialsites.com, which showcases trials across Western Australia and aims to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing throughout the WA NRM community. The website features trial and demonstration sites covering 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 continue to be updated over time.

 

Please visit the site and provide feedback and comments via the "Post Reply" box

 

Wheatbelt NRM Projects Include:

Sustainable Industries Projects

Current Projects

Annual Pasture System (Left) vs Perennial Pasture (Right)
Posted in Sustainable Industries

This project will work with the community to trial and demonstrate innovative practices that protect the resource base and contribute to environmental management.

 

No-Till Seeding
Posted in Sustainable Industries

This project will assist farmers to improve their skills and knowledge to optimise their nutrient management for soil health and agricultural production using innovative agricultural solutions to achieve greater NRM benefits.

Past Projects

Nick and Lucy Kelly
Posted in Sustainable Industries

The project outcomes included the production of a DVD to highlight the efforts of "Champion Famers", a "Soil Health - How To Guide”, and the "Talkin' Soil Heath Conference" held in York in March 2013, to facilitate the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in the WA Wheatbelt. 

 

Saltland with Saltbush and Sandfires bushes in forground
Posted in Sustainable Industries

SaltCap is a decision support tool developed by the Future Farm Industries (FFI) CRC, which provides farmers with a source of information to enable them to make informed decisions on the management of saltland.

Aerial Photo of the Eastern Wheatbelt WA
Posted in Sustainable Industries

The project's outcomes were achieved by working in partnership other organisations that work in the field of revegetation to deliver an extension program demonstrating how to make informed decisions about what to plant where and why to suit individual farmer’s needs.

Seeder from the Air
Posted in Sustainable Industries

This project supported the training of Natural Resource Management Officers and farmers across the Avon NRM region in the use of the ‘Farming Landscapes for the Future Tool’ (FLFT), which was developed by CSIRO and AvonGro.

Results of high winds over Wheatbelt
Posted in Sustainable Industries

This project will bring an essential spatial context to planning within Wheatbelt NRM through an integrated spatial decision support system that will enable an adaptive management approach to strategic carbon investment within the region.

Sheep grazing in biodiverse agricultural system
Posted in Sustainable Industries

There are a growing number of agroforestry systems being implemented by farmers across the Wheatbelt for production benefits ranging from timber & energy production to forage for sheep production. These systems have the potential of returning perennial vegetation to a significant portion of the Wheatbelt.

Sampling Soil Structure
Posted in Sustainable Industries

The On-Farm Soil Monitoring project is a joint project led by Wheatbelt NRM, the South West Catchments Council and The University of Western Australia. It is designed to introduce landowners and farmers to the diversity of organisms in their soils and to the use on-farm soil monitoring methods.

 

Posted in Sustainable Industries

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) along with partner Wheatbelt NRM, has provided resources to regional Western Australian local government authorities to plan and implement best practice stormwater management infrastructure in wheatbelt towns.

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