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All cane farmers and graziers are encouraged to adopt best management practices, through the voluntary Smartcane BMP and Grazing BMP.

What is Smartcane BMP?

The industry developed Smartcane BMP program, is a robust and practical system that is about improving productivity, profitability and sustainability of farm enterprises. Through the Smartcane BMP, growers self-assess their practices to determine if they are ‘below’, ‘at’, or ‘above’ the current industry standard. If their activities are below the industry standard, the system shows what they would need to do to reach that standard. Help is also available through local facilitators, who can also assist producers to have their BMPs independently accredited.

These are the core Smartcane BMP industry standard modules to be met:

  • Soil Health and Nutrient Management
  • Irrigation and Drainage Management
  • Weed, Pest and Disease Management

These modules will also help you comply with the regulated standards and, most likely, save you money while minimising the risk of valuable nutrients, pesticides and sediment leaving the property and impacts on the health of the reef.

For more information or to register for Smartcane BMP, please contact the CANEGROWERS BMP Project Manager, Mick Quirk on 0408 748 141 or

In addition, there are a number of programs and support tools provided by the Australian and Queensland governments and industry organisations to help cane famers adopt best farming practices.

What is Grazing BMP?

The Grazing BMP program is also a voluntary, industry led process that helps graziers to identify practices that can help improve the long-term profitability and sustainability of their enterprise. It also helps identify the steps that incorporate best management practices, thereby allowing the grazing industry to demonstrate good environmental management to the wider community and to its markets.

These are the Grazing BMP industry standard modules to be met:

  • Animal Health and Welfare
  • Animal Production
  • People and Business
  • Grazing Land Management
  • Soil Health

To find out more about Grazing BMP or to register, visit Fitzroy Basin Association or call (07) 4999 2800. You can also call AgForce on (07) 3236 3100.

In addition, there are a number of programs and support tools provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments and industry organisations to help graziers adopt best farming practices.

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Last updated
13 October 2016
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