This project will bring an essential spatial context to planning within Wheatbelt NRM through an integrated spatial decision support system that will enable an adaptive management approach to strategic carbon investment within the region.
What We Do
Wheatbelt NRM's Sustainable Agriculture Program assists farmers to maintain a productive and environmentally sustainable agricultural industry.
Wheatbelt NRM's Sustainable Agriculture Program aims to increase the adoption of farming practices that improve our natural resources, including biodiversity, soil health and water quality while also contributing to production outcomes for our farmers. Our program will achieve this by:
- Supporting innovative, sustainable cropping management on Wheatbelt farms
- Promoting grazing management practices that are sustainable
- Integrating trees into agricultural systems for biodiversity, water and soil outcomes
- Promotion of agroforestry trials that deliver biodiversity benefits and the benefits of its integration into traditional farming practices Increasing adoption of direct soil nutrient management practices that have environmental benefits
- Building and supporting knowledge sharing that enhances sustainable agriculture
- Identification and development of technological innovation for advancing NRM Wheatbelt NRM strives to support the practical decision making process of farmers in choosing whether or not to adopt a recommended management practice
- Assist Landcare, Grower and Community groups to build networks, knowledge, capacity and skills for on ground NRM activities
- Promotion and delivery of carbon farming awareness raising activities and development of demonstration sites
- Deliver community capacity building activities with a sustainable agricultural focus
Our aim is to build strong relationships with our community over years, not months, in order to have regional natural resource management objectives considered in their complex farm practice decisions that they make every day.
If you have new ideas for activities on your lands we are always looking for community input into our Programs, please give the Wheatbelt NRM Sustainable Agriculture Project Managers a call to discussing the ideas with them or submit the idea through our website at:
What’s happening in the Avon Wheatbelt Region and beyond?
Visit the AGTRIALSITES website at www.agtrialsites.com which showcases trials across Western Australia and aims to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing throughout the WA NRM community. The website features trial and demonstration sites covering 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 continue to be updated over time.
Please visit the site and provide feedback and comments via the "Post Reply" box
Wheatbelt NRM Projects Include:
Sustainable Agriculture Projects
This project will work with the community to trial and demonstrate innovative practices that protect the resource base and contribute to environmental management.
The On-Farm Soil Monitoring project is a joint project led by Wheatbelt NRM, the South West Catchments Council and The University of Western Australia. It is designed to introduce landowners and farmers to the diversity of organisms in their soils and to the use on-farm soil monitoring methods.
This project will assist farmers to improve their skills and knowledge to optimise their nutrient management for soil health and agricultural production using innovative agricultural solutions to achieve greater NRM benefits.
The Western Australian Agriculture Authority (WAAA) has contracted Rangelands NRM to implement awareness raising activities relating to the Royalties for Regions Carbon Farming Project.
The project outcomes included the production of a DVD to highlight the efforts of "Champion Famers", a "Soil Health - How To Guide” and the "Talkin' Soil Heath Conference" held in York in March 2013, to facilitate the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in the WA Wheatbelt.
SaltCap is a decision support tool developed by the Future Farm Industries (FFI) CRC which provides farmers with a source of information to enable them to make informed decisions on the management of saltland.
The projects outcomes were achieved by working in partnership other organisations that work in the field of revegetation to deliver an extension program demonstrating how to make informed decisions about what to plant where and why to suit individual farmer’s needs.
This project supported the training of Natural Resource Management Officers and farmers across the Avon NRM region in the use of the ‘Farming Landscapes for the Future Tool’ (FLFT), which was developed by CSIRO and AvonGro.
There are a growing number of agroforestry systems being implemented by farmers across the Wheatbelt for production benefits ranging from timber & energy production to forage for sheep production. These systems have the potential of returning perennial vegetation to a significant portion of the Wheatbelt.