The Department of Agriculture and Food’s Small Landholder Information Service (SLIS) has launched its new website and e-newsletter.
SLIS manager Yolandee Jones said small landholders could access plenty of information designed to improve sustainable land management and business expertise.
“The website provides current and potential small landholders with a diverse range of agricultural information, SLIS registration details and staff contacts,” Ms Jones said.
“It also links to the current Fresh Food Link website, aimed at connecting smaller producers directly with suppliers, markets, processors and value-adders.”
There are an estimated 60,000 small landholders in WA with property sizes ranging from one to 100 hectares.
A key feature of the new website is the extensive Noteworthy series which provides information on animals, farm maintenance, business, pastures, organics, soil and water. The site also allows small landholders to register to become a SLIS member and receive the e-newsletter.
“The new SLIS e-newsletter is a seasonal, quarterly email that will be sent to registered members,” Ms Jones said.
“The e-newsletter will update members on upcoming events, the latest in the Noteworthy series, vital seasonal and land management information and what activities small landholders should be considering during the next three months.”
The first e-newsletter, Summer Edition 2012, provides details on the latest in the Noteworthy series, covering topics such as crop, livestock and paddock management over summer, as well as the summer seasonal calendar.
“In keeping with social media trends, people who receive the e-newsletter can ‘Like’ or ‘Tweet’ it, uploading it on to their own social media profile for others to see,” Ms Jones said.
Anyone can register to become a SLIS member and receive the e-newsletter through the SLIS website or contact small landholder communications officer Jodie Bowling on 9780 6213.
Media contacts: Jodie Thomson, media liaison +61 (0)8 9368 3937