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Conservation Agriculture and No-till Farming Association (CANFA) supports sustainable conservation agriculture

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The Conservation Agriculture and No-till Farming Association (CANFA) was formed in Parkes in 1994 as the Central West Conservation Farming Association (CWCFA).

Emerging from growing interest in conservation agriculture practices in Central West NSW, the CWCFA focussed on informing farmers about the latest farming practices through field days, workshops and field trips, leveraging support from government departments, other farming systems groups and associated specialists in the field.

In 2008, the decision was made to change the name of the Central West Conservation Farming Association to the Conservation Agriculture and No-till Farming Association. This decision was made in order to better represent the type of farming being practiced by members, as well as to anticipate a planned extension of membership further south.

Now, CANFA states that it is committed to its members, and is "keen to ensure that it supports the profitable, sustainable conservation agriculture and no-till farming practices of its members in central and southern New South Wales."

The Association now works closely with government bodies and the private sector to provide the latest information on research, technology and practical application to its members.

The delivery of information to members is regular through:

  • e-bulletins
  • case studies
  • field days
  • bus trips
  • workshops
  • an annual conference; and 
  • other correspondence.

CANFA is also a member of the Conservation Agriculture Alliance of Australia and New Zealand (CAAANZ), which comprises:

  • the SA, WA and Victorian No-Till Farmers Associations
  • Conservation Farmers Incorporated, based in Queensland and Northern NSW
  • Conservation Agriculture & No-till Farming Association, which represents farmers in Central and Southern NSW; and 
  • the New Zealand No-Tillage Association.

This alliance boasts a membership of more than 4,000 conservation and no-till farmers across Australia and New Zealand. The alliance works "to improve sharing of information about the benefits and practicalities of conservation farming and encourage further adoption of conservation farming practices in Australia and New Zealand."

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