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.

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  • This page provides a summary of the seasonal conditions and outlook for the rest of the season, and management options for dealing with any problems arising from those conditions.

  • This page hosts the 2018 frost trial information, handy project resources and the frost severity maps (from August).

  • The Western Australian Government will provide in-principle support for a number of pilot sequestration offset projects undertaken by pastoralists where they meet a set of criteria, including a foc

  • Project overview

    Economic development initiative

  • Most unplanned fires have a drastic effect on a pasture. Fire changes the plant composition and reduces growth and carrying capacity in the following season.

  • Managing farm biosecurity following a fire, flood or dry season is a balance of caring for livestock and paddocks while limiting the introduction of new pests, diseases or weeds onto the property.

  • This page lists species commonly found on or near saline land in southern Western Australia. These species can be used as indicators of the level of salinity and waterlogging on the site.

  • It was standing room only when Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development staff attended a discussion on regenerative agriculture presented by third generation farmer and author Char

  • Sheep are common victims of fires in Australia. The information below describes how fire may affect sheep and the management options landholders have.

  • Cattle are common victims of fires in Australia. Cattle are generally less affected by fires than sheep because of their superior height and speed, but they can be severely burnt if trapped, such a

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