Funds to promote smarter farmers

November 11, 2017

Berrigan dairy farmers Graeme and Heather Spunner have three of the dairy cows in the top 100 BPI index. Young stock

Local farmers, community groups and industry groups are being encouraged to apply for the $50million Smart Farms Small Grants program, which opened last week.

Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum said those within the Murray electorate could apply for grants between $5000 and $100000 to develop and extend new tools, methods and technology for farmers to continue to be at the forefront of land management.

‘‘Numerous locals have taken the opportunity to get involved in Landcare over the years and now we have extended the opportunity for more farmers and community groups to apply for grants that will help develop the next generation of smart farms,’’ he said.

‘‘Our farmers are innovators, and the government is supporting that innovative thinking to help local farmers continue to profitably farm smarter, not harder.’’

For more information on the grant and how to apply, visit

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