Farming industry and regions working together

National Farmers Federation and NRM Regions Australia formalise collaboration.

The National Farmers’ Federation and Natural Resource Management (NRM) Regions Australia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalise their ongoing collaboration.

The MoU is founded on a shared vision for productive, profitable and sustainable farms. It will provide opportunities for partnerships, knowledge sharing and improved outcomes for sustainable agriculture.

Here in the South West, the regional NRM organisation is already working closely with the local farming industry. The South West Catchments Council (SWCC) partnered with Western Dairy in 2015 to create a Research, Development and Extension Hub. This partnership reflects the strong link between dairy farm profitability and sustainable agriculture.

“NRM and Landcare is core business for farmers,” said Damien Postma, SWCC CEO.

“It’s about using your natural assets sustainably to improve productivity and profitability, the same as you do with your equipment and farm finances.

“After family, nothing is more important to a farmer than their land and their community, and this is essentially the core of NRM and Landcare,” he said.

SWCC is also working with other farming organisations and grower groups to trial sustainable practices on farms across the South West. The trials demonstrate impacts to farm productivity and profitability, and the results are shared with the farming community.

More information about these trials is available at: or visit

By working together, the farming industry and NRM regions can better support farmers to manage their land sustainably and, ultimately, improve their bottom line.

SWCC is supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Photo: Steve Ewings, SWCC Operations Manager with new Western Dairy research recruit, Peter Hutton

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