WANTFA aims to drive sustainability of WA farming through innovation, initiative and extension.
What is WANTFA ?
The Western Australian No-tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA) is the largest agronomic grower group in Western Australia. WANTFA supports the adoption of sustainable and profitable broadacre cropping systems by sharing grower experiences and innovative research. Formed in 1992, WANTFA was built on the ethic of grower helping growers. It is the only WA group that solely focuses on conservation agriculture (no-tillage and zero-tillage). WANTFA endorses farming practices that support the following principles:
- Limited soil disturbance,
- Permanent ground cover,
- Diverse rotations, and
- Reduced compaction.
Why Become a Member ?
WANTFA has a central site in Cunderdin and satellite sites across the state which are funded by GRDC, DAFWA and industry sponsors. At these sites, trials aim to investigate and offer solutions to the barriers to adoption of a permanent stubble retention system. WANTFA extends research and increases farmer knowledge by:
- Holding annual events: Two main field days and an annual conference,
- Publishing no-till information: quarterly journals, ‘Best Bets’ packages and fact sheets, and
- Providing regionally based activities: workshops, bus tours and training courses.
Despite greater than 90% adoption of a no-till seeding system, no-till is not ‘done and dusted’. The hard yards of agronomic development now need to take place for Western Australian conditions. Overcoming barriers to adoption of a high residue cropping system is a high priority.
WANTFA has a wide network of contacts in the conservation farming sector. The Grower Group Alliance (GGA) is an organisation which also helps WANTFA link with other Western Australian grower groups and the industry.