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 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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Sampling Soil Structure
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The On-Farm Soil Monitoring project introduced landholders to the diversity of soil organisms on their properties and to using on-farm soil monitoring methods.

 

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Many rural communities are faced with an annual dilemma - they can’t afford expensive, drinking-quality water for irrigation over summer, but they also can’t allow their highly-valued community sports grounds and gardens to die off.

 

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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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Growers and consultants are invited to come on tour with Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia soils experts to look at options to manage soil constraints.

 

Hear from the Department's soils experts and innovative growers at large scale and research sites.

 

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Greener Horizons - Introduction

Soils Champion Rob Grylls

The Great Debate Key Points Summary and Vote

Biodiverse Agroforestry with Dr Aaron Gove

Wheatbelt Champion Trevor Syme

Wheatbelt Champion Maitland Davey

Wheatbelt Champions Mario and Lucia Varone

The Great Debate with Professor Keith Smettem

The Great Debate Dr Sarita Bennett

The Great Debate Max Hudson

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The Team