3 people in a paddock looking at soil
Sustainable Grain Practices team at a soil conservation workshop in central Queensland

The Sustainable Grains Project demonstrates how improved farming practices can:

  • increase productivity and contribute to the growth of the agricultural sector
  • contribute to the health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Through on-farm demonstration sites, field days and workshops, we:

  • introduce growers to the potential of improved practices
  • provide them with the skills and knowledge to incorporate these new practices on their farms.

The project is 1 of 10 projects delivered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to support the Queensland Government’s Queensland Reef Water Quality Program.

On-farm demonstration sites

Our on-farm demonstration sites serve as living laboratories where growers can see the potential impacts of improved technologies and farming methods.

The sites:

  • showcase new techniques, equipment, and practices that improve agricultural and environmental outcomes
  • provide valuable training opportunities for growers
  • give growers insight into the potential benefits of implementing these improvements on their own farms.

Targeted field days and workshops

These practical and informative sessions equip growers with the knowledge and skills they need to implement the demonstrated technologies and methods on their own farms. The sessions offer the following benefits.

Hands-on learning

Practical exercises give participants firsthand experience of using new technologies and methods and enable better understanding to improve the chance of successful implementation.

Customised guidance
The workshops:

  • are tailored to address the specific needs and challenges growers face on their farms
  • provide personalised guidance and recommendations to ensure growers can adapt the technologies effectively.

Networking and knowledge sharing

The sessions provide an opportunity for growers to connect with industry experts, fellow growers, and agricultural professionals. This networking environment fosters knowledge sharing, collaboration, and the exchange of best practices.

Benefits of growers using the improved technology

The technologies showcased in the project offers numerous benefits to growers.

Increased productivity

By adopting best practices growers can maximise their profits through:

  • higher crop yields
  • improved crop quality
  • improved overall productivity.

More efficient use of resources

Improved technologies often improve efficiency and make better use of resources such as water, fertilisers, and pesticides. By adopting these practices, growers can:

  • reduce costs
  • minimise their environmental footprint.

Improved sustainability

Sustainable agricultural practices are essential for long-term business success. By adopting best practice, growers can:

  • conserve natural resources
  • protect soil health
  • support biodiversity.

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Last updated: 24 Jul 2023