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E-News Issue 185
Wheatbelt NRM @ Living Farm

Chicken manure to boost Wheatbelt crops


Poultry farmers have spent years trying to find a market for their chicken manure, and a solution may now be in sight with help from the forestry and broad acre cropping industries.

Via funding from Wheatbelt NRM, Living Farm in York is coordinating a trial combining pine plantation prunings with chicken manure to spread on wheat crops, and WA Biofuels is developing a process to turn forestry thinnings into bedding material for chicken farms.

Read more HERE.

Kind regards,
Wheatbelt NRM
News
Grazing options reduce livestock emissions

Grazing options reduce livestock emissions


Inter-planting various annual pasture legumes with a selection of perennial shrubs gives sheep an increased range of nutrients that can improve their health and that of the whole farm. Other benefits associated with growing perennials includes reduced wind and water erosion, increased biodiversity and improved soil conditions.

CLICK HERE to read more.
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Red Card Partnerships

Red Card Partnerships


Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes is seeking partners to help them reduce feral animal numbers across southwest WA.
 
Partners are invited to sponsor local community events to the tune of $10,000, for which they will receive:
  • naming rights for the event
  • media exposure in state and regional papers
  • opportunities to network with potential customers
  • a donation to Royal Flying Doctors Service (WA) in their name.
> CLICK the image to download the flyer, or contact Red Card Central Coordinator Jacquie Lucas for more information on 9670 3113.
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Sustainable Communities
Annual Community Survey

Don't forget to contact your local CRC about taking part in our Annual Community Survey. You will go in the draw to win one of three great prizes!

CLICK HERE to download the flyer.

For more information, contact Survey Coordinator Jacquie Lucas via email or on 9670 3113. Or chat with your local CRC about taking part.
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Aboriginal NRM
Boogin Rock Storybook

Boogin Rock Storybook


Boogin (Boyagin) Rock is a sacred Noongar gathering place linked with the Wagyl (Rainbow Serpent), located between Brookton and Pingelly.

Stories relating to the site are currently being collected, via a number of gatherings with Aboriginal Noongar Elders who have special connections with the site. These stories will form the basis for the Boogin Rock Storybook – the second in a series exploring significant Aboriginal sites in the Wheatbelt region. CLICK HERE to view our first book – The Derdibin Gnamma Storybook.

This is an exciting project that provides Noongar people with the opportunity to relate stories about a site that is spiritually and culturally special to them, in their own words. For more information, contact Kerry Horan or David Grasby via email or on 9670 3100.
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WA Storylines Project

WA Storylines Project


Storylines is a new project run by the WA State Library attempting to discover the names and stories of Aboriginal West Australians who are depicted in tens of thousands of images held by the library.

The project helps highlight Aboriginal perspectives and history, provides invaluable new insights into the library’s collection and helps to build a more comprehensive and inclusive history of Western Australia. The project hopes to digitally return photos and other materials directly to Aboriginal families, communities and people as photographs are identified.

CLICK HERE to and to explore the Storylines project online.
CLICK HERE and HERE for more information.
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Job Opportunity
WNRM job opportunity

Aboriginal NRM Ranger Coordinator


An exciting opportunity exists to work with communities in the Wheatbelt to support participation in natural resource management (NRM).

The Project Delivery Officer Ranger Coordinator will provide leadership in Aboriginal engagement in NRM and support the implementation of NRM projects. This will include engagement of community, coordination of work teams and delivery of on-ground activities that build the Aboriginal community’s capacity to participate in NRM.

CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

Alternatively, contact David Grasby via email or (08) 9670 3108.

Applications close: Wednesday 11 February 2015, by 4.00pm
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Biodiversity
Feral cat

New weapon in war on feral cats


Western Australia’s native animal population is set to benefit from Eradicat® – a new bait for feral cats predicted to reduce numbers by up to 90%. The poison is designed to appeal to feral cats who are notoriously fussy eaters, and those that won’t take baits until food is scarce. It will be used by the Department of Parks and Wildlife in large-scale feral cat control.

Read more HERE and HERE.
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www.wildandendangered.com.au

Cockatoos – conserving & observing


Birdlife Australia
BirdLife Australia’s WA branch has received a $255,000 Lotterywest grant towards important conservation work on the dwindling populations of Baudins and forest red-tailed black cockatoos. Read more HERE.

Big Cocky Count 2015
Volunteers are wanted to help with WA’s biggest survey of Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoos. They are needed to help count night-time roost sites across the southwest of the state at sunset on Sunday 12 April 2015. Read more HERE.
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AdaptNRM

NRM climate adaption planning


AdaptNRM has been developed by the CSIRO and National Climate Change Adaption Research Facility (NCCARF) to help NRM groups across Australia include climate adaptation planning in their NRM plans. They have various modules, technical guides and data sets available for download. CLICK HERE for more information.
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Sustainable Agriculture
International Year of Soils

2015 – International Year of Soils


The United Nation’s focus in 2015 is on the important role soil plays in food security and in ecosystems across the globe. Read more HERE and HERE.

As part of the International Year of Soils (#IYS2015), Wheatbelt NRM will be loaning soil testing kits and equipment to landholders to help them assess their soil, improve sustainable agricultural outcomes and manage their natural resources.

To find out what equipment is available, contact Regional Landcare Facilitator Leigh Whisson via email or on 9670 3136.
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Desalinated water for agriculture

Desalinated water for agriculture


CSIRO scientists have been assessing whether desalinated groundwater could be used to supply water to the agricultural industry. They have also been investigating ifadding nutrients to this water would increase its financial attractiveness to farmers.

Read more HERE.
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Assessing crops

Assessing crop problems


Wheatbelt grain growers and agronomists are sought for interview to help with research into crop monitoring and assessment. The research is being conducted by the University of Queensland, with the interviews providing baseline data for research funded by Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) and Plant Biosecurity CRC (PBCRC).

Interested parties should contact WA Project Coordinator Rosalie McCauley on 9368 3787 or via email.
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Smartphone apps

Smartphone Apps for Smart Farmers


A new, updated version of the popular ‘Smartphone Apps for Smart Farmers’ publication can now be downloaded from Ag Excellence Alliance. The publication is designed to promote the use of smartphone/tablet technology for improved management of farming systems, and is provided free of charge.

Read more HERE.
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Training
Muresk Institute


Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management


Enrolments are currently being taken for the Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Muresk Institute. The course starts in March 2015 and is being delivered in partnership by Charles Sturt University and the C.Y. O’Connor Institute. Read more HERE and HERE.
 

Short courses


Muresk also has an extensive short course program which can be viewed HERE.
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Funding
Bushcare grants

Bushcare Grants


Bushcare Grants open for applications on Friday 13 March 2015.

The grants are available to landholders for projects that protect and improve existing native vegetation via fencing, revegetation works and feral animal control.

CLICK HERE for more information.
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Red Card Incentives

Red Card incentives - available now


Wheatbelt NRM is offering grants up to $750 for activities that aim to:
  • improve participation in the Red Card for Rabbits and Foxes Program
  • support landholders participating in the Red Card program
  • support community engagement activities centred on the Red Card Program.
Closing date: Monday 23 February 2015

CLICK HERE for more details.
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Events

Deeper Roots Workshop â€“ Capturing Water for Profit

Workshop for farmers and consultants.
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Contact Bindi Isbister or James Hagan via email or on 9956 8555.


CFI Business Awareness Workshops – Carbon Farming

Free, one-day workshops between March and June 2015
CLICK HERE and HERE for more information.
 

WANTFA Crop Updates

Tuesday 3 March, Cunderdin
CLICK HERE for more information.


Liebe Group Crop Updates

Wednesday 4 March, Dalwallinu
DOWNLOAD the flyer.


Facey Group Crop Updates

Thursday 5 March, Wickepin
CLICK HERE for more information.


Corrigin Farm Improvement Group Crop Updates

Thursday 12 March, Corrigin
Contact Tony Guinness via email or on 9065 7079.


Partners in Grain Technology, Tablets & Tips Workshop

Thursday 12 March, Cunderdin
DOWNLOAD the flyer.


Local NRMO’s Big Feed Day Out

Tuesday 17 March, Kellerberrin
Contact Jen Green via email or on 9645 1607.
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