Expressions of Interest for 16/17 Projects open 1st July 2016 via the Grants and Incentives page -
The North East CMA is supporting community driven innovation in agriculture by delivering Mentor Farm grants National Landcare Programme.
The North East Victorian Mentor Farm Program is aimed at supporting groups of landholders with demonstrations sites to test the viability and application of new farming practices, techniques and/or technology to help them improve their business and its sustainability. These sites can demonstrate innovative practices, a piece of new science or simply test potential solutions to local problems in a farming system. Through these demonstrations, groups of producers are able to design and set up practical hands-on activities that support the ongoing learning and development of the group.
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If you are interested in learning more about the Mentor Farms projects funded this year refer to the Media Release below and the list of successful projects:
Image: Dairy Farm Dederang, Simon Dallinger 2014
If you are interested in learning more about what Mentor Farm projects have been funded in previous years see below:
UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NITROGEN APPLICATIOS AND SOIL MOISTURE IN A CROPPING SYSTEM
This project was a partnership between Riverine Plains Inc. and the North East CMA using soil moisture probes to utilise site specific, real-time soil moisture data to make informed decisions on the potential for added nitrogen to be effectively used by the crop, thereby increasing the economic benefit of application and reducing the chance of nitrogen loss to the environment.
Riverine Plains Extension Officer Dr Cassandra Schefe explained to 15 land managers that soils are not soils and how to use the data gained in this project to make informed decisions about your farm.
A short film was produced on this project - see the you tube link below: