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Funding enabling proactive measures

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The Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board were recently the successful recipients of the Future Drought Fund-NRM Drought Resilience Program Grants.

Posted 09 August 2021.

The Board received $197,000 to identify and measure current regenerative practices, and assess opportunities for the adoption of regenerative practices to increase resilience in the region's low rainfall farming systems.

Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Sustainable Agriculture Team Leader Tony Randall said this is an excellent opportunity to work with low rainfall growers to, localise the relevance of regenerative agriculture, and enable growers to identify the opportunities they see to incorporate regenerative practices into their farming systems

“The funding will help us to work closely with our growers from across the South Australian and the Victorian Mallee and to improve soils without making costly mistakes,” he said.

"The experiences of the past four dry years have driven the need to investigate regenerative agricultural practices that contribute to increasing carbon storage and turnover and enhancing soil health.

“We want to work with growers to determine what regenerative farming might look like in a low rainfall mixed farming system, and how this can complement existing practices that provide resilience against drought.

Mr Randall said we are excited to be delivering this project in partnership with CSIRO, Birchip Cropping Group (BCG), Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF), and the Mallee Catchment Management Authority (Mallee CMA) who bring a broad range of skills, knowledge and expertise to the project from across the South Australian and Victorian Mallee Regions.

This project is supported by the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board, CSIRO, Mallee Sustainable Farming, Birchip Cropping Group, and the Mallee CMA through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund NRM Drought Resilience Program Grants and the landscape levies.

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