Funding boost to support dairy farmers
UP TO $700,000 will be available to support projects and initiatives which will contribute to the growth, profitability, sustainability and resilience of the NSW dairy industry under a new round of the State Government's Dairy Industry Fund.
Chair of the Dairy Industry Fund Steering Committee, Michael Bullen, said the $1 million fund has a track record in supporting successful projects.
"This round offers $700,000 for project proposals which are aligned with the strategies developed in the NSW Dairy Industry Strategic Action Plan,” Mr Bullen said.
"The industry aims to grow markets for NSW milk, build industry confidence, support strategic farm business transition and improve farm productivity.
"This is a significant opportunity to boost the value of NSW's dairy industry, which produces more than one billion litres of milk and contributes $584 million to the state's economy each year.”
Funding applications are open to individuals, universities, research organisations, consultants, not-for-profit organisations, state and local government, farmers and community groups.
Joint applications showing collaboration are encouraged.
Applicants should first submit a brief preliminary project proposal to be assessed by and successful applicants will be invited to prepare a full project proposal and have the opportunity to present a summary to the Dairy Industry Fund Advisory Committee for feedback prior to their final submission.
Preference will be given to projects which demonstrate significant scale to the benefits they would bring to the NSW dairy industry.
Mr Bullen said Project 20:20 Pathways to Change, was a good example of a successful project showcasing the feedbase, people, business, natural resource management and herd performance of best practice farms across the state.
Applications are open from July 18 until August 18 2017, more information and application forms are available from DPI, www.dpi.nsw.gov.au.