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Farmers, fishers and foresters can now apply for funding to support their natural resource management efforts.

Gippsland MP Darren Chester said applications were now open for grants of up to $100,000 as part of round four of the Smart Farms Small Grants program.

“Gippsland is an agriculturally rich region and it is important to ensure our farming, fishing and forestry practices are sustainable,” Mr Chester said.

“These grants are designed to support one to two-year projects that boost best practice sustainable farming awareness, skills and capacity.

“Projects could range from pest control, vegetation management, farm input efficiency, climate and market management and the use of new technologies.”

Mr Chester said these grants were designed to help farmers to adopt the next generation of sustainable farming practices.

“As primary producers adapt their practices to be sustainable, it is important they have the support and accessibility to funding,” Mr Chester said.

Smart Farms Small Grants is a sustainable agriculture element of the National Landcare Program (NLP).

Applications close October 9, 2020.

For further information and to apply visit https://www.communitygrants.gov.au/grants/smart-farms

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