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Grant recipient Phil Maisey's Vetiver grass trial
Small Ground Cover Grants Take Off
Eighteen landholders across the Wheatbelt have secured small grants of up to $2,500 to plant fodder and increase groundcover on their mixed farming properties as part of the National Landcare Program funded project, Optimising Fodder Options in Mixed Farming Systems.
We were greatly impressed with the ideas and levels of innovation that the successful farmers have applied to their projects.
Some of the ideas funded included:
  • Summer cover cropping with species such as lucerne, sorghum, hemp, millet, sunflower, peas and vetch
  • Salt tolerant pasture plantings with Puccinella, Scimitar, Messina
  • Biodiverse plantings to stabilise riparian zones with Acacia species, Eucalyptus species, Salt Bush species, Maleluca and Grevillea.
  • Integrating legumes such as Messina clover, Burr medic, Balansia clover and Serradella varieties. 
One of our passionate landholders, Phil Maisey has decided to use the funds to trial numerous different ground cover options in Doodlakine. Phil will be planting Anameka saltbush to provide ground cover, wind protection and reduce salt scalding.
With hopes of supporting his soil biology, Phil has partially planted a summer mix of Sorghum, Millet, Sunflower, Vetch Peas and Panicam. We are looking forward to some rain to see how well the mix germinates. Phil is waiting for the rains to start to plant the rest of the summer mix. Phil is also planning on planting Vetiver grass, which is a clumping perennial grass known for its deep roots. It was first developed by the World Bank for soil and water conservation in India in the 1980’s. Vetiver is utilised around the world for biological remediation, slope stabilisation, saline land rehabilitation and makes excellent livestock forage. Phil  is attempting to get the Vetiver grass going again and propagate after being posted from Victoria. He will be planting the vetiver in the lower areas of his property, to reduce erosion, provide soil stability and perennial feed option.
We are glad that Phil has made the most out of our small grant program and is trialling new options to fill the summer feed gap and reduce erosion.
Sustainable Industries 
Our dung bettle highway project continues and we are so proud of the participants in our projects and the Wheatbelt community with their enthusiasm around the beetles. We  look forward to working together to increase the diversity and numbers throughout the Wheatbelt.
We currently have a facebook community of practice where you can join upon request to ask questions or learn more about dung beetles. If you have any questions in regarding to beetle trapping or encouraging them onto your property, please get in contact with our team. We have a few trapping kits still available for anybody who would be keen to send us some samples so we can improve our knowledge on what beetles are out there.
In Ucarty last year, we found our first native beetle, Onthophagus Ferox!  This was an exciting find for us burgeoning beetle nerds as only a handful of the more than 400 dung beetles native to Australia will feed on domestic livestock dung.  It is thought that these species evolved from dinosaur dropping feeders. 
Aboriginal NRM
Our Noongar Boodja Rangers team have really enjoyed sharing their knowledge and were pleased to see the kids were very engaged, as part of Koordoormitj Institute school holiday  demonstration of our native seed collection and processing program.
Around 25 children got to use the sieves as Lead Coordinator Judd Davis showed them how to use the different sized sieves to remove unwanted plant material and get to just the cleaned seeds. Hannahleise, Clara and Nadine showed how to finish of the seed product by bagging, sealing, and labelling the seeds ready to be sent to the clients which is an important part of Wheatbelt NRM's commercial native seed supply agreements to private companies.
Healthy Environments  
There are some grant funding opportunities to get the year off to a great start!       
With over 10,000 hectares of habitat for vulnerable malleefowl and over 5,000 hectares of bushland containing the critically endangered Eucalypt Woodlands of the WA Wheatbelt protected so far, we’re on the look out for even more safe havens to protect the Wheatbelt’s threatened species and ecological communities.
We are thrilled to have grants available to support local community organisations and individuals to manage and undertake on-ground activities to protect remnant bushland and conserve biodiversity values.
  • Pick of the Litter: Protecting Malleefowl habitats. Application details here
  • Where the Wild Things Are: Eucalypt Woodland protection. Application details here
  • Healthy Bushlands: Remnant vegetation preservation. Application details here   
 Applications close February 28th
Community Interest
Win a fodder plan and $2,500 towards getting started!
Sign up for our very informative Farming in Focus Newsletter here , complete our quick survey here and  be eligible to win this fabulous prize.
The lucky winner will get a one on one farm visit from Ag Vivo agronomist Phil Barret Lennard who will go through with your production goals and key fodder challenges.  
We need your input as the Optimising Fodder Options in Mixed Farming Systems project coming to an end this June, and we are planning for a potential new five year project so we really need to know what information you’ve valued and what you might be interested in for a future project.
It should only take you 5-10 minutes and the odds are a great deal better than lotto! The information provided with be held in confidence.
Complete the survey
An opportunity from the Conservation Council of WA ,  3-6 March at Anapana Ridge in the Perth Hills. The 3 day intensive course will bring together 20 women and gender diverse people. The program is specifically designed to support those working across different sectors tackling the big environmental issues facing WA.
Based on the successful WELA National Leadership Program, it aims to boost the confidence, skills and understanding of strategic change-making to increase the impact of the participants in their day to day roles.  WELA knows that we need to expand our reach to many more women and gender diverse people if we are to make the impact needed.
More details

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