Industry support for Narrabri’s Federation Farm

Tuesday 31st July 2018

Narrabri’s community-run Federation Farm received a $10,000 boost from Monsanto this week.

PRESS RELEASE

Narrabri’s community-run Federation Farm received a $10,000 boost from Monsanto this week.

Now in its 18th year of operation, Federation Farm was originally conceived as a ground-breaking project by Narrabri Shire to divert the town’s wastewater from being discharged into the Murray-Darling river system.

The farm uses waste water that was once destined for the local river system to irrigate and fertlilise cotton and other crops. The profits of the farm are then shared by the four schools in the town of Narrabri.

Monsanto’s Managing Director Tony May said Monsanto had supported the initiative in the past through discounted license fees, but wanted to make a substantial contribution to reflect the vital role the Farm plays in supporting the local community.

“Monsanto is a proud member of the Narrabri community with our research farm located just out of town and we are delighted to support a fantastic initiative like Federation Farm,’ Mr May said.

“The Farm is a unique project that has huge benefits for both the environment and the local community – it’s a real demonstration of the innovative thinking inherent in rural communities, who constantly create their own path to success.

Chairman of the community committee tasked with managing the farm, Dr Warwick Stiller, said that the funds from Monsanto would support the operating costs of running a successful farming business and ensuring as much of the profits as possible could be returned to the schools.

“One of the unique aspects of Federation Farm is that it truly is a community asset. It’s a tool to improve the environment, it’s a source of employment for locals, it’s a revenue stream for our local schools and it’s an education resource to give students a first hand experience of agriculture and growing crops,’ he said.

Over the past 18 years Federation Farm has been in operation, the enterprise has returned more than half a million dollars to the four schools which has been used to fund upgrades to classrooms and computer labs, install interactive whiteboards and purchase education equipment among other much needed improvements.

“We have recently reinvigorated our school students’ engagement with the farm by starting a biennial schools’ open day. We are keen to do as much as possible to help the next generation understand what happens on a farm and build trust and pride in agriculture as an industry that supports our region and feeds and clothes our nation,” Dr Stiller said.

 “The community contribution and support for Federation Farm over the years has been outstanding. Besides the volunteer time of the Committee who oversee the initiative, we are supported by reduced costs and discounts from a whole range of businesses and organisations.

Over the last year we’ve received amazing support from Auscott Ginning, Monsanto, Cotton Grower Services, Narrabri Shire Council, Thomas Lee Motorcycles, Independent Commodity Management, Oz Forecast, Cotton Seed Distributors and Rob & Judy Maunder & Sons. We sincerely thank all our supporters and sponsors,” Dr Stiller said.

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Issued by Monsanto

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Carissa Buckland, Director of Corporate Affairs 03 9522 7126

Dr Warwick Stiller, Federation Farm: 0429 991 522

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