Climate, land & water

Western Australia’s agriculture sector needs access to productive soil and water resources for growth and profit. However, the sector must compete with increasing resource demands from all sectors of the community, and the pressures of a changing climate. The Agriculture and Food division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports agriculture by providing long-term management solutions, practical risk management strategies and tools to maintain and improve resource conditions, to meet the needs of industry and stakeholders. Agriculture and Food is also pioneering soil and water investigation of the state’s undeveloped areas to establish new irrigated agricultural industries.


  • Western Australia (WA) is vulnerable to storms, floods and cyclones. 

  • A digital soil quality book series digs up soils information and data from across the state, providing real world context to some of the science underpinning management of soils, making the ebook a

  • Soil constraints cost growers in Western Australia in excess of $1.6 billion annually in lost production with most of the soils in our grain growing area being affected by one or more soil constrai

  • This page provides a list of soils tools the department has developed, provided input to or supports in order to help our clients make more informed decisions.

  • Establishing common guidance runlines for all machinery operations will help minimise compaction and assist collecting good quality data for precision agriculture applications such as yield mapping

  • Soil aggregate stability refers to the ability for a soil to regulate the movement and storage of air and water throughout the soil profile which is determined by the soil make up of sand, silt and

  • Pastoral rangelands provide a range of benefits in addition to pastoralism: tourism, ecological services, mining, and cultural and heritage values for Indigenous people.

  • A new study commissioned by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has identified areas suitable for intensifying agriculture in the proposed Peel Food Zone. 

  • Managing sheep in the dry spring: for agribusiness professionals was an event held in Kojonup, Geraldton and Perth.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is leading the high level planning of the Peel Food Zone.


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