The department offers a range of extension services to support growers and graziers to adopt better business and farming practices within reef catchments.
Specialist extension staff and agricultural economists provide:
- hands-on technical assistance
- economic support
- on-farm assistance to trial new practices
- information resources
- economic decision support tools
- research into improved farming systems.
Grazing extension services are provided as part of the FutureBeef and Grazing BMP programs. Our extension staff help graziers implement grazing systems that are profitable and productive while also reducing nutrients and sediment runoff into local waterways and the reef.
Our coastal farming systems program& has a team of agronomists working in the Mackay, Burdekin and Wet Tropics regions to help sugar cane farmers adopt sustainable and productive management systems. This work supports the CANEGROWERS' Smartcane BMP.
A pilot agricultural capacity building project commenced in March 2017 and will run until October 2018. The program is made up of two components: building capacity in extension training and an extension work placement program.
Training will be provided for extension officers across the catchments that feed into the Great Barrier Reef. It will address the skills and knowledge gaps identified as critical to developing and enhancing extension services.
The second component of the program will involve an agricultural extension work placement across the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef to improve the capacity of early career extension officers.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection are working in collaboration with Queensland Farmers’ Federation to further increase improvements in land management through enhancing capacity in education and extension sectors.