What We Do

Sustainable Industries

Innovative sustainable agriculture trial sites being managed with landholders and grower groups
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
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?

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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Summer pastures still going strong
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A recent trip to visit to our summer pastures trial site at Pingelly has revealed some great green biomass growing, even after three periods of grazing over the summer.


The best biomass producer of the three varieties trialled was the hybrid, summer active grass, Superdan.


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Flower Power is an online tool created by DAFWA to help predict the flowering time of crop varieties, reducing the risk of frost damage and heat stress at flowering time.


Richard Riddle from Data into Profit
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eConnected Grainbelt Demonstration Project


Some 30 growers and agriculture students came together in Northam recently to attend an eConnected Grainbelt Demonstration Project.


Lake Yealering, WA
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Wheatbelt NRM has commenced work on the $3.7M Royalties for Regions Living Lakes Stage 3 Implementation Project.


It is the final stage of a programme commenced in 2008 that aims to revitalise regional communities through restoring key lakes to permanent water bodies, activating local communities and increasing visitation.

Pasture species for heavier soil types
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Establishing & managing pasture species suitable for heavier soil types




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The results are starting to trickle in post-harvest on a trial to find the best way to apply lime on Wheatbelt farmer Stephen Dolton’s Bruce Rock property.


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Improving soil health and carbon sequestration of degraded soils when sown to mixed perennial shrubs


Summer rain ideal for summer crop trial
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Wheatbelt farmer Stephen Smith has chosen an absolute ripper of a year to trial summer cropping program on his Cunderdin farm.


The four winter cropping varieties sown in the summer months will be grazed for livestock feed to help bridge the autumn feed gap.


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Recent widespread rainfall in Western Australia has caused damage to agricultural businesses across the regions.


The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is working with local government and other government departments to provide support to affected landholders.


Livestock feed after heavy summer rains
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It’s coming to one of the critical times of year when lambs are dropping and ewes need high nutrition to produce good milk to get the little fellas fat. However, recent rains have washed out a lot of nutrition in the crop stubbles and weeds need to be sprayed out ready for crops leaving very little feed for livestock. Hello Autumn Feed Gap!


AGM 2013 - Food Security, Dr Julian Cribb

Dr Julian Cribb discusses food security and other topics from his book 'The Coming Famine'

Talkin' Soil Health Conference summary

Talkin' Soil Health Conference Overview


The Team