What support is available for agricultural producers?
Programs and support tools are provided by the Australian and Queensland governments and industry organisations to help producers identify opportunities to improve farming practices.
The Queensland Reef Water Quality Program funds three Best Management Practice (BMP) programs, and a number of other projects and initiatives to support the agricultural industry.
The Farming in Reef Catchments Rebate Scheme
The Farming in Reef Catchments Rebate Scheme provides a one-off rebate of up to $1,000 to eligible commercial agricultural producers in Reef regions. The rebate is to help offset the costs of obtaining professional and agronomic advice for nutrient and sediment management to meet the new Reef protection regulations.
Who is eligible for the rebate?
If you are a commercial grazier, sugarcane or banana grower in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin, Mackay Whitsunday, Fitzroy or Burnett Mary regions and have sought advice from an Accredited Agricultural Adviser, you are eligible to claim the rebate.
However, you are not eligible if you have already received assistance to manage nutrient and sediment from the Queensland or Australian government. Producers undertaking new cropping or horticulture activities are also not eligible for the rebate.
You can find more detailed information about the Farming in Reef Catchments Rebate Scheme, including specific details around eligibility and how to claim the rebate.
The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries offers a range of extension services to support growers and graziers adopt better business and farming practices within Reef regions. Specialist extension staff and agricultural economists can provide:
- hands-on technical assistance
- economic support
- on-farm assistance to trial new practices
- information resources
- economic decision support tools
- participation at field days and other events
- research into improved farming systems.
Please contact DAF on 13 25 23 to be put in touch with your local extension officer.