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 Australian agricultural businesses are adept at managing seasons with below average rainfall.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) has resources available to support you in managing affected livestock and stock feed, as well as pasture and land recovery, in the

  • This pasture condition guide for the Kimberley rangelands in Western Australia describes the region's 17 most common pasture types — by soil group and dominant plants — with a description of pastor

  • Monitoring water quality and quantity is vital to sustain stock condition during summer and to prevent illness and possible death from toxic pollutants.

  • Carbon farming is the process of changing agricultural practices or land use to increase the amount of carbon stored in the soil and vegetation (sequestration) and to reduce greenhouse gas emission

  • As a landholder it is important to plan ahead for the coming season.

  • The Agriculture and Food division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) provides information on carbon farming related policy, legislation and science, to identif

  • Agriculture is responsible for 14% of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions and is the dominant source of methane and nitrous oxide, accounting for 56% and 73%, respectively, of Australia’s emission

  • Techniques to reduce livestock greenhouse gas emissions may also increase livestock productivity and resilience.

  • Carbon farming activities can achieve multiple economic and environmental co-benefits in addition, in some cases, to emissions avoidance offset income.

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