Cotton, seed projects among 18 in the region to win Landcare funding for 2017-18

TWO cotton-related projects and a seed migration project are among 18 in the New England region, worth $120,000, that will receive federal Landcare funding.

On the Liverpool Plains, a $4000 grant will go towards helping to achieve minimal soil disturbance in controlling dryland cotton volunteers.

Dryland Cotton Research Association will ask growers to complete a survey and attend a meeting at Spring Ridge to pinpoint the major barriers to this goal.

A report with the methodology, outcome and recommendations will be sent to growers.

The other cotton project aims to help growers with their fertiliser spreaders.

It aims to: give them access to a testing service so they can see how accurate their spreader’s pattern is; increase their skills to adjust spreader settings and application methods to improve the pattern, and; reduce the costs of uneven application. 

This project will receive $3000.

The seed project will involve plants from the Moree region being grown in Tamworth, to prepare for a warmer, drier climate there in the future.

Tamworth Regional Landcare Association’s (TRLA) assisted species migration project will collect and purchase seeds and plants for two trial sites in Tamworth.

This project won $8920 of the federal funding.

Time and effort

Deputy Prime Minister and New England MP, Barnaby Joyce, thanked all the organisations responsible for their time and effort in securing these grants for the region.

“I congratulate everyone for their hard work to get these projects off the ground and wish them every success with their future plans,” Mr Joyce said.

Eighteen projects in the region have been awarded one of the Landcare Small Grants, which target sustainable agriculture and biodiversity projects.

Other groups to win funding include the Currabubula, Gowrie and Moore Creek Landcare groups, Tamworth Mountain Bikers and the Coledale Communal Garden Group.

The Australian Government is investing $1 billion nationwide to help support better natural resource management across Australia through the National Landcare Program.

Mr Joyce thanked all organisations responsible for the time and effort provided to secure these grants for the New England.