Canegrowers Shows Caring Side of Farms

This Article was Originally Published in the Innisfail Advocate on July 1, 2017

Cane farmers were invited to shed meetings across Innisfail this week to document their current on-farm practices, share their data between projects and demonstrate the changes they have made on their farms.

More than 60 growers were involved in the sessions as part of their involvement in Project Cane Changer.

They worked with CANEGROWERS Smartcane BMP facilitator, Deb Telford to capture their data and document their farming practices.

“The majority of growers are already doing the right thing on their farms” Deb Telford said, “these shed meetings were an opportunity capture current farming practices and help growers work toward Best Management Practice accreditation.”

Project Cane Changer, an initiative led by CANEGROWERS, is looking to show that farmers do care about the environment.

Just around Innisfail, there has been a lot of change and innovation. Growers are constantly trialling new technology, planting new varieties and committing to more sustainable farming practices.

A CANEGROWERS spokesman said that over the years there has been a mismatch between what's happening in the paddocks and the story that’s being told to the public by special interest groups.

Cane Changer aims to document the efforts growers are making to improve their farming practices and their impact on the water quality of the Great Barrier Reef.

It also wants the stories being told about cane farmers to accurately reflect reality

"The best way to do this, is to ask growers to share their farming practice data." said the CANEGROWERS spokesman.

Cane Changer will be holding more shed meetings in the coming months across Innisfail and Tully, and then other cane growing areas of the Wet Tropics.

All growers are invited to come along.

If you would like to find out more visit www.canechanger.com or speak to your local Smartcane BMP facilitator.