The CRCNA’s Cotton, Grain Cattle Program (CGC) is a game changer set to refine and reset Northern Australia’s cropping and cattle sectors.

The four-year, $8 million program is the CRCNA’s largest investment to date and was launched in Darwin today in the sidelines of the Northern Australia Food Futures Conference.

CRCNA’s Chair, Ms Sheriden Morris said this is part of a significant body of work across the north, with the potential to develop new industries for long term growth, shifting the landscape of northern agriculture through sustainable, adaptable cropping systems and cattle production improvements.

“The CGC program includes six projects and has 30 research and funding partners to address cross-regional, geographically consistent priorities.”

Genuine collaboration is at the heart of CGC where researchers, producers, development corporations and jurisdictional governments are working to maximise the productivity of cropping and beef production systems in Kununurra and the Ord region of WA, the Katherine and Douglas Daly regions of the NT, and in developing crop production in areas of north Queensland.

The Northern Territory Minister for Agribusiness and Fisheries, the Hon Paul Kirby is, delighted with the NT Government’s ongoing collaboration with the CRC for Developing Northern Australia.

“Investment into the cattle industry and development in agriculture in the north is integral for growth. The launch of the Cotton, Grains, Cattle initiative is a welcomed boost which will contribute to efficient programs and profitability.”

To bolster productivity across the north’s cropping and cattle sectors the CGC program has six projects across key northern regions to develop integrated agricultural systems.

  1. Crops for Cattle to increase the efficiency of Northern Australian cattle production systems using local crops to improve dry season weight gain (NT)
  2. Fundamentals of cropping-systems that deliver sustainable growth of the agricultural sector (NT)
  3. Cropping enabled cattle production enabled by feed products from irrigated cropping (WA)
  4. Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) sustainable systems for diversification of ORIA cropping (WA)
  5. Extension capacity of cropping systems, enhancing to sustain growth (NQ)
  6. North Queensland Cotton, Grains, Cattle farming systems (NQ)

The four-year program is focused on research and development outcomes that address soil and water suitability and management; optimised agronomy; crop protection; biosecurity; development and maintenance of local industry capacity in remote locations; development of best practices for animal production; and stewardship and social licence including whole-of-life methane emissions tailored to the scale and climates of the north.

Media contact

Ian Biggs, CRCNA Senior Project Manager | 0499 333 266

Bel Carlson, CRCNA Communications | 0486 012 149

CRCNA – Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia