David Littleproud
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$27 million for game-changing Smart Farming Partnership

SOIL health, innovation, digital farming and next-generation weather forecasting will be improved thanks to $27million in funding through round one of the Smart Farming Partnership grants.

Fifteen projects will be funded through grants of up to $4million to adopt the next generation of sustainable farming practices to benefit the future of Aussie agriculture.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the multi-year grants would bring together farmers, researchers and community groups.

"We are funding projects to benefit sugarcane farmers in Queensland, graziers in Western Australia and on-farm weather forecasting in NSW,” Mr Littleproud said.

"Dynamic real-time weather forecasting helps farmers make better decisions.

"One project will show farmers how to use manures and composts with other fertilisers to avoid doubling up and wasting money as they improve soil health and on-farm productivity.

"Many consumers want sustainably sourced food and fibre, including sugar. New block-chain technology will help sugar exporters track their sugar overseas.

"Innovative technology will measure pasture productivity against soil nutrients on grazing farms in Western Australia to reduce fertiliser use, improve water quality and deliver better pasture.”