The ACT is home to 160 mostly family-run farming businesses which collectively manage 39,000ha or 15% of the ACT. Sustainable Agriculture is a distinct theme in the investment plan, and recognises that in order to achieve improved NRM outcomes on farms, targeted programs for rural landholders need to be developed, reflecting their unique environmental, economic and social context.
The majority of ACT farming land is managed for sheep, wool and cattle production, horse agistment and other equestrian activities. Other farming activities include poultry and free range egg production, horticulture and viticulture, truffles and olive production.
The overarching goal of the Sustainable Agriculture theme is to support rural landholders to apply best practice land management for soil, water, pastures, native vegetation and biodiversity. This will be achieved through capacity building, incentives, knowledge sharing and collaboration, and will draw on the application of the most up to date science, expertise, knowledge tools and technology.
Improve soil health, promote healthy, diverse and resilient pastures and improve groundcover
Maintain and increase biodiversity, native vegetation and wildlife in rural landscapes
Connecting landholders to opportunities to improve the climate resilience of their farming operations