The YP Alkaline Soils Group Incorporated has been awarded $71,500 from the Federal Smart Farm Grants program for a project to lift knowledge of soils and the value of diversified cropping.
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said he is delighted the Coalition Government continues to invest into rural economies.
“The YP Alkaline Soils Group has a proven track record in driving agricultural innovation on Yorke Peninsula,” he said.
“Agriculture has been a shining light in imporoving Australia’s bottom line over the last few years and its ability to continue to thrive relies on it staying at the cutting edge of world-wide agricultural technologies.
”The grant will help build resilience and long-term farm profitability through increased understanding of soil fertility and further exploring the benefits of greater crop diversity.
“Australian farmers with the benefit of modern science have pushed productivity well past barriers that were previously impossible, but we also understand that bigger crops are not the only advance we need to be able to compete in the world.
“Improvements in quality and quality assurance and our ability to trace food past its point of production are the marketing advantages we need for the twenty-first century’s ability.
“Smart Farming Grants are there to assist in pushing the boundaries.
“Almost $9.25 million in grants have been awarded to 110 projects across the country with four in total to Grey, three on the Eyre Peninsula and one on Yorke Peninsula.
“I am particularly proud of the successful projects in Grey which will go towards helping farmers right across the country.”
Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith 8633 1744 April 9 2019