GLENRAC receives funding for Pest Animals in the Spotlight from government's Smart Farms Small Grants program

GLENRAC Chief Executive Officer Kylie Falconer and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce in Glen Innes on announcement of the new funding.
GLENRAC Chief Executive Officer Kylie Falconer and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce in Glen Innes on announcement of the new funding.

New funding by the federal government will help equip farmers in the Glen Innes region with additional skills and knowledge to improve sustainability and their bottom line.

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said $36,560 is being provided to Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee (GLENRAC) under Round 3 of the Australian Government's Smart Farms Small Grants program.

GLENRAC will use the funding to support its Pest Animals in the Spotlight program which will deliver skills, knowledge and capacity to landholders in the Glen Innes region for improved pest animal management.

"This project and other federally-funded initiatives run by GLENRAC such as its Soils in the Spotlight and Ferals in Focus programs, show the desire of people in Glen Innes to farm smarter not harder," Mr Joyce said.

The Smart Farm grant complemented more than $683,000 in additional Australian Government funding recently announced for Glen Innes under the Communities Combating Pest and Weed Impacts During Drought Program.

"This is yet further delivery for people in Glen Innes and across the greater New England region," he said.

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Australian agriculture had a long history of early adoption of innovation.

"The ingenuity of our farmers never ceases to amaze me," Minister Littleproud said.

"They have always looked after the land and we are giving them a helping hand through this grants program to adopt best practice natural resource management methods."