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Barker projects secure $1 million in Smart Farms grants

The Australian Government continues to back farmers in Barker by helping them adopt the next generation of sustainable farming practices through Smart Farms Small Grants.

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Thirteen successful applications in Barker will share in $6.48 million funding to carry out activities that increase farm productivity and boost natural resource management with almost $1 million allocated to Barker based farming operations.

The projects to receive funding include:

  • Barossa Improves Grazing Group Incorporated $68,800 - Adoption of innovative practices to improve on-farm water security leading to increased sustainability and NRM outcomes in the Northern Mount Lofty and Barossa Ranges.
  • MacKillop Farm Management Group Incorporated $95,625 - Grazing standing crops. Enterprise versatility, resilience, summer groundcover and soil health.
  • Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board $77,000 - Optimising groundcover through benchmarking seasonal conditions and groundcover.
  • WoTL Ltd $57,490 - Building the capacity of rural leaders to support women farmers to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture across the South Australian landscape.
  • Charles Sturt University $99,600 - Building capacity and knowledge to increase dung beetle awareness among cattle and sheep producers.
  • Department of Primary Industries and Regions $98,023 - Demonstrating and refining grower friendly tools to improve nutrient application efficiency and almond quality across the Murray Darling Basin.
  • Grassland Society of Southern Australia $97,660 - Building Carbon Capacity in the Limestone Coast.
  • Langhorne Creek Grape and Wine Incorporated $100,000 - Adopting Sustainable Winegrowing practices using the principals of Community Based Social Marketing.
  • Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc. $99,000 - High impact digital extension of research and development in the Mallee.
  • Potatoes South Australia Incorporated $100,000 - Demonstrating the potential of compost to reduce diseases and increase productivity in the Australian Potato Industry.
  • South Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association $28,700 - Regional scale awareness raising and demonstrations to improve the sustainability of forestry, cropping and livestock operations with access to newly created, large-scale biochar supplies.
  • The Wine Grape Council of South Australia Incorporated $99,980 - Growing the success of the EcoVineyards program throughout South Australia.
  •  $29,500 - Advancing inter-cropping in mainstream No-Till farming systems to improve sustainability, productivity and profitability.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said he was excited by the great ideas put forward by the successful local applicants under Smart Farms Small Grants.

“This investment encourages clever ideas and goes directly to the grass roots, empowering locals to deliver benefits for their communities and natural resources,” Mr Pasin said.

“This is a key National Landcare Program initiative and part of the Australian Government’s commitment to helping industry towards its target of growing the sector to $100 billion by 2030.”