Optimising Mixed farming systems
The project will bring together expertise to trials and develop new on-farm approaches – including agronomy, developing markets and broadening supply chains. Agricultural diversification may include summer crops, fodder management, tree cropping, Aboriginal farming systems and biological farming.
• Regional strategy recognises that the lack of diversity in Wheatbelt farming enterprises limits the resilience of the system
• Regional strategy identifies climate change as driving down catchment water availability, which will force changes in current farming systems
• NLP2 wants to invest in projects that support industries, farmers and fishers to adopt new management practices that helps them to adjust to market and/or climate variability
WHY IT IS GREAT
Supporting the agronomy of tree and fodder crops is a traditional area of work for Wheatbelt NRM. The proposed outcomes for NLP2 take a systems approach that will let us expand to support the development of the supply chain associated with those systems.