Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator
The Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF) works with farmers, industry and community to understand their unique needs, share information and connect expertise and knowledge on sustainable agricultural practices.
NRM South’s Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF) forms part of a nationwide network of facilitators who engage with their local agricultural sector to help improve sustainability, productivity and profitability for farmers.
The RALF supports regional communities through a range of mechanisms, including;
- Participation and advocacy in relevant agriculture and regional forums;
- Assisting farming communities and agriculture industries/ groups to develop new projects and seek new funding opportunities;
- Participating in the ‘TASAg Innovation Hub’ as a Hub partner and Tasmania’s Forum of Rural Stakeholders to provide advice and activities in crisis response, and;
- Supporting sustainable agricultural initiatives, projects and events.
PROJECT PILLARS RALF
The role of our Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator (RALF) is to work with farmers, industry and community to share information on sustainable agricultural practices, this includes helping farmers and agricultural industries to identify and develop new projects, develop partnerships and seek new funding opportunities.
The RALF is a central contact point for farmers in our region to help increase their knowledge and skills on the path to adopting practices which will help improve the management of our natural resources.
Achievements to Date
Support for the successful delivery of NRM South’s Pasture Information Network, Soil extension and Farming Forecaster projects
Establishment of soil moisture probe network to support the Tasmanian Farming Forecaster pilot project
Development and delivery of the five-year East Coast legume trial in partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Provided advice to inform the strategic direction of the Tasmania Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub
Development of priorities for NRM Souths 2030 Natural Resource Management Strategy
Development of resources to support the management of grassy weeds including serrated tussock and Chilean needle grass
Supported 21 grant applications developed by land farmers and organisations
Supporting NRM South’s land projects
Participating as partner in the TASAg Innovation Hub
Promoting learnings from pasture renovation and legume trials
Sharing knowledge via a pasture pest management field day
Promotion & support of relevant grant programs & assisting with project idea development
This project runs until June 2023. NRM South will continue to support the farming community through our other ongoing land projects.
This project is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
27 September, 2022 5 Min Read
Farming Forecaster, effective ground cover management on a landscape-scale
BACKGROUND Dryland pastures comprise the majority of agricultural land use by area in southern Tasmania and support a significant amount of the state’s wool production. Incorporating some of Tasmania’s driest...Read More
30 June, 2022 2 Min Read
Wrapping up the east coast legume trial
NRM South, in partnership with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), have been running a perennial legume trial at Milton, Cranbrook since 2017. The aim of the trial was to...Read More
22 February, 2022 2 Min Read
A field day in the Fingal: Talking pasture renovation trials and livestock health
In mid-February we ran a field day in the Fingal Valley, sharing what we’ve learned so far from our strip tillage demonstration site at Speyside. Hosted alongside NRM North, TIA...Read More
15 December, 2020 2 Min Read
Perennial trials and tribulations
In early December, NRM South’s Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator – in collaboration with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and the East Coast Primary Producers Association - held a successful...Read More
23 October, 2020 3 Min Read
Stopping the spread of serrated tussock
NRM South was proud to support Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and Tasman Council at a recent serrated tussock workshop in Triabunna. The workshop welcomed around 50 attendees, who were keen...Read More
30 June, 2020 1 Min Read
Autumn sowing of perennial pastures
Recent rains have helped push along a perennial pasture legume trial on Tasmania’s East Coast. This trial is a collaborative project between NRM South and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture...Read More
23 June, 2020 4 Min Read
Research for a pasture that persists
The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and NRM South are aiming to give farmers on the East Coast of Tasmania new strategies to manage pasture production through drought. The East...Read More