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Strategy to sustain farms

Updated: Mar 24, 2021

LODDON Plains Landcare Network is preparing to release its strategy on sustainable agriculture.

The strategy was commissioned from Mal Brown in 2019 and network facilitator Danny Pettingill said its upcoming release would guide a two-year program starting in July.

He said the program in partnership with North Central Catchment Management Authority would work with farms across the Loddon on regenerative practices used on properties.

“The strategy is driven with a community focus, a focus of keeping families on farms,” he said.

Danny said development of regenerative practices and opportunities would benefit farm families and a new generation of rural producers.

He said supporting farm families throughout the program would be important to success.

Among activities that will be part of the two-year program are open days and field days.

Ahead of the strategy release and program launch, the Landcare network has been holding a series of sustainable farming webinars.

The third in the series is today where Ben Boxshall (Australian Agroforestry Foundation, Wood4Good) and Andrew Stewart (Yan Yan Gurt West Farm, Otways Agroforestry Network) are discussing agroforestry.

Next week’s webinar will focus on connecting primary producers with local food networks.

Danny said the series had already engaged more than 60 primary producers across the region.

He said initiatives for 2021 were aimed to strengthen local communities through regenerative and sustainable agriculture.

The network brings together Landcare groups, land managers and community to undertake large scale landscape restoration projects across the Loddon and including Kerang Lakes and Raywood.

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