Horticultural Netting Program Trial
NSW Farmers successfully secured funding for the Horticultural Netting Program Trial, which subsidised up to 50 per cent of the cost of purchasing and installing netting on horticultural properties. It has been a longstanding priority for the NSW Farmers’ Horticulture Committee to secure this funding, which helps horticultural businesses protect against risks such as pests. The speed with which the funding was exhausted reflects the high demand for this support.
AgSkilled Drone Courses More Accessible
NSW Farmers had a key advocacy breakthrough when AgSkilled drone courses became available to livestock producers. Previously, the courses were only available to those in the horticulture and cropping industries.
Small Farmer Flood Grants
After considerable advocacy, NSW Farmers secured recovery grants for small farmers, who have historically missed assistance following natural disasters. After the flooding events of March 2022, small farmers became eligible for $25,000 grants co-funded by the Australian and NSW governments, a significant increase on the $10,000 grants we secured after the 2021 flooding events.
New Farm Forestry Codes of Practice
NSW Farmers welcomed the release of new Farm Forestry Codes of Practice, which recognise the responsible management of timber on private land and seek to remove the outdated and cumbersome regulations that have stifled land management in the past.
Study Corridor Change for Central-West REZ
After a year of local activation and sustained advocacy by NSW Farmers, led by the Merriwa Branch, the study corridor for Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) transmission lines was moved to avoid the Merriwa plateau to a route that would have a smaller impact on farmland.