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Caring for our Country Objective .....initiative that seeks to achieve an environment that is healthy, better protected, well managed, resilient, and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate Essential ecosystem services include protected biodiversity, clean air and water and healthy soils which support sustainable food and fibre industries
Sustainable farm practices 5 year outcomes: Assist 30 per cent farmers uptake management practices deliver ecosystem services soil condition Increase number farmers landscape scale biodiversity Improve knowledge, skills, engagement - 30 per cent farmers natural resources and environment
Activities funded to meet targets Soils Information development Information dissemination Trialling practices Development of innovative practices Reporting frameworks Landscape scale conservation Payment for on ground works (fencing; off-stream watering points) Establish paddock trees
Some Examples of Projects Funded (1): Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation (WOPR): A Sustainable Agriculture Solution Greening Australia $880,000 over 2.5 years actively engage more than 50 farmers in rehabilitation >1000 ha; field days involving >200 farmers and communication to >1000 farmers establishes paddock trees - Box Gum woodland provides shade/ shelter stock, improve soil / water quality National Environmental Plan Implementation Grains Research Development Corporation $6.6 million over 4 years partnership with Australia’s mixed systems farmers and regional NRM bodies 7 mixed farming zones reduce wind/ water erosion and increase soil carbon and biodiversity optimise land use; increase annuals, perennials and biennial fodders and forages
Some Examples of Projects Funded (2): Building resilient farms in times of change Sustainable Agricultural Services Group of Serve-Ag Pty Ltd $330,000 over 3 years Southern Tasmania Promoting practices to improve soil health and biodiversity Win-win interaction between NRM, productivity and profitability. Sustainable cropping practices for dryland farmers
Conservation Agriculture Alliance of Australia and New Zealand