Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey has announced the opening of the Federal Government's Smart Farming Partnerships Fund and Smart Farms Small Grants, for groups of innovative and talented organisations and individuals in the agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries.
Both opened on 19 October; the Partnership Fund closes on 21 December, the Smart Farms Small Grants on 7 December.
"The National Landcare Program's new Smart Farming Partnerships will provide multi-year grants of between $250,000 and $4 million to put in place new and innovative sustainable land management practices which protect and improve the condition of soils, vegetation and biodiversity," Mr Ramsey said.
"These Smart Farming Partnerships will support the development, trialling and implementation of next generation farming, forestry and fishing practices," he said.
"The partnership grants will get behind larger projects and support the formation of relevant and effective partnerships between experienced and skilled organisations and individuals.
"The funding will help groups of organisations to come up with, or take advantage of the next great idea, the benefits of which can be shared across the community and the world.
"Having healthy and productive soils, biodiversity and vegetation benefits farmers, communities and consumers.
"Applying sustainable land and water management practices on the ground and harnessing local knowledge is delivering tangible environmental and financial benefits to our communities and farm businesses - that is why the government has invested $1 billion in the future of Landcare.
"I know farmers are innovators, and the government is supporting that innovative thinking to help local farmers continue to farm smarter, not harder.
"Grower groups are proactive in recognising the issues in managing soils and this funding could enable them to make use of innovation and research to be more productive whilst remaining environmentally sustainable.
"I encourage interested parties to get in touch with my office to find out more about the Smart Farming Partnerships and how to apply," said Mr Ramsey.
Mr Ramsey has offices in Port Pirie (08 8633 1744 or 1300 301 742) and Whyalla (08 8645 4255)