Farmers, community and industry groups within the Murray electorate can apply for grants of between $5000 and $100000 to assist them to protect and improve the condition of soil, vegetation, biodiversity and support of agricultural systems to adapt to change.
Federal Member for Murray Damian Drum has called for applications from local farmers and community and industry groups for the competitive $50million over six years Smart Farms Small Grants program.
‘‘Our farmers know the importance of protecting and caring for the land so they are able to pass on productive and healthy farms to future generations,’’ Mr Drum said.
‘‘People throughout Murray value what the National Landcare Program has brought to the table since it started in 1989.
‘‘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.’’
Round one of the grants is now open and closes on December 7.
■For more information on the grant and how to apply, visit: www.nrm.gov.au