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Funding smart farms

By Country News

Soil health, innovation, digital farming and next generation weather forecasting will be improved thanks to $27million in funding through round one of the Smart Farming Partnership grants.

Fifteen projects will be funded through Federal Government grants of up to $4million to adopt the next generation of sustainable farming practices to benefit the future of Australian agriculture.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the multi-year grants would bring the industry together.

‘‘We are funding ambitious projects to benefit sugar cane farmers in Queensland, graziers in Western Australia and on-farm weather forecasting in NSW,’’ Mr Littleproud said.

‘‘Farming can be rough and unpredictable. Dynamic real-time weather forecasting helps farmers make better decisions instead of relying on seasonal weather forecasts.

‘‘One project will show farmers how to use manures and composts with other fertilisers to avoid doubling up and wasting money as they improve soil health and on-farm productivity.

‘‘Other projects include pest control and vegetation management to meet the growing demand for verified sustainably produced products.’’