North’s Smart Farms to benefit from funds

Farmers, fishers, community and industry groups across the North are being encouraged to apply for grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to help them protect and improve their local environment.

Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said applications are now open for the competitive $50million Smart Farms Small Grants program, through the federally funded National Landcare Program. 

 “No-one knows better than our primary producers of the importance of protecting and caring for the land to ensure we can pass on productive and healthy farms to future generations,” Senator Macdonald said.

 “Communities across the north are particularly well aware of the value the National Landcare Program has brought to the table since it started in 1989.

Smart Farms Small Grants will provide grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 to develop and extend new tools, methods and technology for farmers to continue to be at the forefront of land management.

 Senator Macdonald said many locals had taken the opportunity to get involved in Landcare over the years, and now the opportunity has been extended for more farmers and community groups to apply for grants to develop the next generation of smart farms.

 “Farmers are innovators, and the Coalition Government is supporting that innovative thinking to help them continue to profitably farm smarter, not harder.”

 Round One of the Smart Farms Small Grants opens today, and closes 7 December, 2017. For more information and how to apply, go to


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