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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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Free carbon planning tool
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Tool launched to help carbon plantings add value to the Wheatbelt

 

Landowners and carbon companies wanting to grow trees for the carbon market now have a tool to help guide them on where best to plant.

 

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Seven more sites across the Wheatbelt have been selected to take part in Round 2 of the Perennials for Profits Demonstration program, with each of the farmers having areas they will improve with palatable forage shrubs and/or sandalwood.

 

Sites chosen include:

 

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Landowners and carbon companies wanting to grow trees for the carbon market now have a tool to help guide them on where best to plant.

 

Carbon value from sandalwood
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The Sustainable Agriculture team have released their latest in a series of factsheets, this time focussing on Agroforestry in the Wheatbelt.

 

Future of farming gets hands-on look at Precision Ag Tools
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Wheatbelt NRM’s recent Precision Agriculture Workshop in York was a hands-on look at developing prescription maps for variable rate fertiliser and lime application using Electromagnetic (EM) and radiometric surveys.

 

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Australia’s young agricultural scientists, innovators and researchers have less than a month to apply for grants to support their innovative agricultural project, through the 2017 Science and Innovation Awards.

 

spraying bridal creeper weed
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The Australian Pest Animal Strategy (APAS) and Australian Weeds Strategy (AWS) are vital to Australia’s bi

DAFWA's Biosecurity Blitz
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Western Australia’s Biosecurity Blitz 2016 is coming up on 18 – 30 September 2016, to promote and focus on biosecurity community surveillance.

 

Deep ripping soil profile
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Deep ripping immediately after liming – MADFIG Field Day

 

Deep ripping to combat soil compaction
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Over 300 farmers attended the recent Deep Ripping Machinery Demo day in Goomalling to see the machines live in action and to hear the latest research on addressing soil compaction issues.

 

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