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Funding is available to improve soil management practices through the Federal Government’s Smart Farms Small Grants: Soil Extension Activities program.

Local MP Darren Chester said local organisations and individuals can apply for grants of up to $250,000 to undertake soil based projects.

“These grants will help to improve our understanding of Australia’s soil condition and how best to manage it now and into the future,” Mr Chester said.

“Having this understanding and improved soil management practices will see our farmers and land managers enjoy increased productivity and profitability.”

Mr Chester said grants were available to fund a range of different soil management projects and activities.

“Eligible activities include engaging a soil extension officer, conducting soil management workshops, seminars, roadshows or field days, creating communications products, webinars or online materials, or establishing trials, demonstrations and monitoring sites,” Mr Chester said.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the round provided an exciting opportunity for raising awareness and knowledge of our nation’s soil.

“This round will continue to support the Smart Farms Small Grants Program outcomes while also supporting outcomes under the National Soil Strategy,” Mr Littleproud said.

“We all know that healthy soil is the basis for great agricultural output as well as environmental benefits, so this final round of Smart Farms Small Grants is getting back to basics.”

Under this round, multiple activities may be applied for in the one application. Grants are available for between $100,000 to $250,000 per activity and will be delivered over two years.

Applications may apply for a maximum of $2 million per application.

For more information and to apply visit: www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants

Applications close 9pm October 12, 2021.

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