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Agriculture's eight new pathways to environmental management

Eight Australian agriculture organisations will receive $3 million to help them increase their profitability, improve their environmental performance and demonstrate their environmental credentials, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Senator Richard Colbeck announced today.

Senator Colbeck said they would receive the funding under the third round of the Pathways to Industry Environmental Management Systems (EMS) Program - part of the Natural Heritage Trust - to back projects in the grains, red meat, wool and organic industries.

The eight organisations are: Grains Council of Australia, Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation, Queensland Farmers Federation, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, Western Australian Farmers Federation, NSW Farmers' Association and Organic Federation of Australia.

"They will use the funding for projects that set out practical and long-term approaches to sustainability," Senator Colbeck said.

"Under Pathway's third round funding for example, the Grains Council of Australia will promote improved property management through voluntary multi-level integrated EMS. Australian Wool Innovation will help wool producers demonstrate their sustainable and ethical practices by developing recommended practices for wool production and processing.

"And the Queensland Farmers Federation will help farmers demonstrate they manage natural resources beyond regulatory requirements through a strengthened farm management systems program.

"I am pleased to see the strong uptake of the Pathways Program by the broadacre industries and the increased involvement of State farmer organisations. It reflects the growing interest in EMS in agricultural industries and regions.

"One of the Pathways Program's key features is that it is industry-driven. As well as helping boost profitability and sustainability, it is assisting our farmers to better demonstrate sustainable land use and their stewardship of natural resources.

"This $3 million brings the total amount allocated under the Pathways Program's three rounds to more than $11.7 million, and indicates the Australian Government's strong commitment to working in partnership with our key agriculture and fishing industries on EMS."

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Senator Colbeck said the Pathways Program funding built on the considerable investment the Government had made under the Natural Heritage Trust to support EMS, especially through the EMS Incentives Program and the $8.5 million EMS National

Pilot Program.

Information on each of the industry Round Three Pathways projects is attached.

Further media inquiries:

Senator Colbeck's office: Aaron Oldaker 0408 826 330

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