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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 Grower Group Alliance’s (GGA) 2016 Annual Forum was a great success with over 110 attendees from grower groups and the agricultural industry.

 

Australian Plague Locust
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DAFWA has declared a Level 2 incident for Australian Plague Locusts this year, based on surveillance conducted during Autumn 2016.

 

Carbon Farming in WA
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Carbon magazine showcases NRM collaboration

 

Results from a four-year long, WA-wide carbon awareness project are showcased in a new publication.

 

Saltbush forage shrubs
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The Making More from Sheep event recently held in Merredin was run by Fiona Brayshaw (Wheatbelt NRM), Dean Revell (Revell Science) and Phill Barrett-Lennard (Agvivo).

 

Trials and Demonstrations
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This demonstration site in Bruce Rock used EM-38 and soil profile analysis to determine soil types and constraints across the paddock and then matched shrubs and legume pastures to the soils, choosing species that can be grazed in the establishment year and then cropped in subsequent years.

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The changing soil types on Robert Dempster’s Goomalling farm make fertiliser and chemical application, deep ripping and mould board ploughing nothing short of an ongoing challenge.

 

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Wheatbelt NRM's Trials and Demonstrations projects support on-farm trials that aim to improve management of our natural resources and farm profit over the long term.

 

Following is a list of our current sustainable agriculture trials and demonstrations projects across the Wheatbelt.

 

 

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The Making Sense of Soils ‘in the paddock’ field day held at UWA’s Future Farm in Pingelly was a great success with the latest in decision support tools and weather station information available.

 

 

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The Perennials for Profit program helps farmers adopt palatable forage shrub systems for livestock grazing and assists them to set up sandalwood plantations. The program also aims to help farmers diversify their income while improving the condition of soil, water and biodiversity on their farm.

 

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Comparing Different Soil Amelioration Techniques to Improve Subsoil Acidity

 

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