CQ farmers and fishers urged to look at small farm grants

FARMERS and fishing operators in Capricornia are urged to take a look at Federal Government grant opportunities to help with land and management practices in their business.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said people with agricultural and fishing businesses had two weeks left to apply for the National Landcare Programme's Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants.

"The grants complement our Government's White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness and can be used to increase the knowledge of famers and fishers to sustainably manage natural resources in a way that's productive to their business," Ms Landry said.

Applications can cover a variety of agricultural industries, including cropping, livestock, dairy, horticulture, pastoral, aquaculture and fisheries and are also open to relevant community groups and farming groups.

Ms Landry said examples of activities that may be eligible include:

  • Field days, workshops and conferences
  • Demonstration events
  • Training or skill development sessions
  • Community information or education sessions
  • Development of decision-making tools
  • Development of new information channels
  • Conducting surveys.

"Grants between $5,500 and $55,000 are available for such activities and I encourage farmers, fishers, community groups and others to apply."

Applications close 7 December.

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