Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator

SUMMARY

The Regional Agricultural Landcare Facilitator (RALF) works with farmers, industry and community to share information on sustainable agricultural practices and to support the Pasture Information Network project.

 

BACKGROUND

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. They help 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 farm productivity.

PARTNERS

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), DPIPWE, East Coast Primary Producers’ Association, Private enterprise

 

FUNDING

Australian Government’s National Landcare Program

 

PROJECT DURATION

2019-2023

 

APPROACH

Services are being delivered to land managers and farming system groups, through a range of mechanisms including:

  • Participation and advocacy in relevant working groups;
  • Assisting farming communities and agriculture industries/ groups to develop new projects and seek new funding opportunities;
  • Participating in Tasmania’s Forum of Rural Stakeholders to provide advice and activities in crisis response; and
  • Sustainable agricultural projects and events.

ACHIEVEMENTS TO DATE

  • Developed a new project under the Future Drought Fund (Dept. of Agriculture, Water and the Environment)
  • Ongoing support for perennial pasture trials
  • Supporting farmers and producer groups on 11 grant applications to increase their capacity to manage agricultural land
  • Support for Glamorgan Spring Bay Council and Tasman Council to host a serrated tussock workshop
  • Development of Serrated Tussock Management notesheet
Perennial pasture trial
Serrated tussock workshop with detector dog 'Fonz'