Farmers in Bendigo will benefit from the third round of the Smart Farms Small Grants program.
- 113 projects nationally will share in over $5 million funding.
- Smart Farms Small Grants fund organisations and individuals to undertake sustainable agriculture projects.
The Federal Government is investing more than $5 million – including $49,623 in Bendigo – to help equip farmers with new skills and knowledge to improve sustainability and their bottom line.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said 113 projects nationally will receive grants of up to $50,000 from the third round of the Smart Farms Small Grants program.
“Australian agriculture has a long history of early adoption of innovation – the ingenuity of our farmers never ceases to amaze me,” Minister Littleproud said.
“They have always looked after the land and we are giving them a helping hand through this grants program to adopt best practice natural resource management methods.
“These are projects happening throughout the country and are about improving the resilience and productive capacity of farms.”
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said our farmers have always been early adopters of new technologies.
“These recently funded projects show the determination of many in the electorate to continue that tradition,” Senator Henderson said.
Grants have been given to farming and landcare groups for projects related to sustainable farming education, pest management, improving soil health, agroforestry and more.
For more information on the Smart Farms Small Grants program visit: agriculture.gov.au
For more information on the Smart Farms Small Grants recipients in Bendigo, see the spreadsheet attached.
Key information on the Smart Farms Small Grants program:
- Smart Farms Small Grants is part of the Federal Government’s Smart Farms program – a key initiative of phase two of the National Landcare program
- Smart Farms Small Grants is a $43.5 million grants program (six annual rounds)
- Round 1 funded 77 projects for a total of $4.75 million. These are expected to be completed by April 2020
- Round 2 funded 110 projects for a total of $9.25 million. These are expected to be completed by September 2021
- Round 3 projects must be completed by 30 June 2022