June 6, 2012
$150,000 in funding is being made available to farming groups and organisations to support projects that will improve water use, nutrient management or the carbon footprint of farming through the Woolworths Fresh Food Future program. Individual grants of up to $15,000 (excluding GST) will be awarded to projects that best fit the criteria of the program. The Woolworths Fresh Food Future program is a collaboration between Landcare Australia and Woolworths to develop, improve and encourage sustainable farming practices across Australia. All farming groups and organisations are eligible to apply for the grants, along with Landcare groups who wish to undertake sustainable farming projects in any primary production industry. Pat McEntee, Woolworths General Manager Fresh Food, believes that the Fresh Food Future program is in an important investment into the Australian agriculture sector. “As Woolworths continues to invest in Australian farmers, the Fresh Food Future open grants program provides farming groups and organisations with a great opportunity to support and develop new ways to increase the sustainability of their operations,” he said. CEO of Landcare Australia, Heather Campbell, is looking forward to hearing about the pioneering methods farmers are using to improve their businesses. “Having seen the incredibly innovative projects funded through the Woolworths Fresh Food Future open grants program last year, I am delighted that we can continue to support the sustainable agriculture sector in this way and cannot wait to see what other fantastic projects come our way through this year’s program,” she said. Projects funded through last year’s open grants program include support for Holbrook Landcare Group in southern NSW to reduce costs and increase productivity through better understanding and use of phosphorus fertilisers, and assistance for Canegrowers in Queensland to improve water use efficiency and save irrigation water through a network of soil moisture monitoring equipment providing data to 250 sugarcane growers. Other projects supported include the Far South Coast Dairy Group in NSW improving irrigation management on pastures, and reducing energy use and the carbon footprint.