Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said there is still time to apply for grants.
Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said there is still time to apply for grants. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Feds will fund farms and fishers says Hogan

FEDERAL Member for Page Kevin Hogan says farmers and fishers have until December 7 to apply for a share of $2.2 million in small grants to increase industry capacity and support the adoption of productive management practices.

He said the small grants of between $5500 and $55,000 would contribute to the overall resilience, competitiveness and productivity of the region's agriculture and fishing industries.

Sharing best practice

"The grants will assist farmers, fishers, community groups and farming systems groups to access and share best practice in their businesses," Mr Hogan said.

"These grants will support the adoption of industry-wide best practice, from the introduction of new management practices in cropping and livestock industries, to the use of new technologies in dairy, aquaculture and fisheries.

"Ultimately, adopting appropriate management practices that increase production, improve product quality and/or lower input costs also help to drive returns back through the farm gate.

"Our farmers are some of our most dedicated conservationists and sustainable land managers. They manage pests and weeds, often at their own cost, to the benefit of the entire community."

Funding for field days

"We want to fund activities like field days, workshops, conferences, demonstration events, training and skill development -activities that help develop innovative practices and more sustainable use of our natural resources within the broader agricultural community."

Applications for the National Landcare Programme Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants close next Monday, December 7.

For more information visit: www.nrm.gov.au/ agsmallgrants

Changes welcome

MEMBER for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the lowering of the threshold for foreign investment in agricultural land by the Senate this week to $15 million and the establishment of a register of foreign ownership of agricultural land.

"This was a key election commitment and I am pleased the government has implemented it," Mr Hogan said.

"I would like to see Australian farmers owning Australian farms.

"This is not about blocking foreign investment - it is about providing the right level of oversight."



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