Drought Hub

MADFIG hosts a local Drought Hub Node Lead, funded by the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund (FDF).

There are eight Hubs across Australia and only one in WA, the South-West Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub (SW WA Hub) led by the Grower Group Alliance (GGS).

Want to know more? Email droughthub@madfig.com.au

The Vision: Thriving producers and communities adapting to our variable environment

The Mission: Be a connected and trusted partner building pathways to accelerate innovation and adoption

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Invitation to Participate in the “Farm to Port Research Project”

The University of Western Australia's (UWA) Farm to Port research team is inviting you to participate in their research project titled Farm to Port: An Optimisation Model to Navigate Heterogeneous Agent Interactions in Agri-food Supply Chains. With the information gathered from the survey, UWA’s research team can estimate the importance of factors relevant to the grain supply chain, including transport and storage considerations.
As a valued member of the Grower Group Alliance (GGA), your participation in the study is key. Attached to this email, you will find the Participant Information Form (PIF) for the Online Survey which provides further details about the study. Please click on the following link to access the survey and contribute your insights and experiences to our research:

2 Day Changemaker Workshop

Attend the 2 Day Changemaker Workshop in Merredin. Visit our event for more information and to register.

2023 Science to Practice Forum

You can now watch the entire 2023 Science to Practice Forum online. Choose topics of interest to you.

Farming in the Eastern Wheatbelt Podcast

The “Farming in the Eastern Wheatbelt” series let’s you listen and learn about projects in our region that benefit producers and communities.

Our first episode is with Meg Gethin (MADFIG’s Node Lead) and Tanya Kilminster (Knowledge Broker), discussing the South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub, their own experiences farming in the Eastern Wheatbelt, and examining why the Future Drought Fund Program is vitally important for our state and region’s future.

In our second episode, Dr Richard George from the WaterSmart Farming team speaks about the project and how reviewing past research can provide insights into a better future with new knowledge and technologies.

Listen on Spotify here.

Dry Season Resources Podcast

MADFIG hosts the Drought Hub Node Lead for the South-West WA Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub dunded by the National Future Drought Fund.  The Drought Hub is dedicated to sharing information that supports growers in preparing for, and responding to, dry seasons.

In this limited podcast series, hear from growers and industry experts on managing dry season responses, ranging from early planning to tactical decision-making as the season changes throughout the year and setting up for the following season.

Listen on Apple Podcasts here.

Listen on Spotify here.


Kondinin Group Drought Info Reports

The Kondinin Group Drought Info reports are a good long-term resource for farmers. A new report is released each month, check them out here

Soil Quality eBook series

A digital soil quality book series digs up soil information and data from across Western Australia, providing real world context to some of the science underpinning management of soils, making the ebook accessible to everyone from farmers to agricultural professionals, researchers, and students.

The series, available for free from Apple Books, is published by SoilsWest – an alliance between the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) and Western Australian universities.

Grower Group Alliance Youtube Channel

Check out the Grower Group Allicance Youtube channel. Uploading new content each month, we recommend checking out the Grant Thompson video preparing for season 2024!

Watch on Youtube here.  

Loans to manage drought

The Regional Investment Corporation is offering Farming Enterprises lower cost loans to manage drought. Funds can be sourced for preparing, managing through and recovering from drought.

Loan terms:

Full terms and conditions are available in the loan guidelines. 

Visit the Regional Investment Corporation to find out more

*Interest rate valid from August 2023 to January 2024

MADFIG Hub Newsletters

South-West WA Hub Newsletters

Hub Updates

To receive project updates and details of upcoming Hub events, sign up to the Hub newsletter on the
Growers Group Alliance Drought Hub page here.


Situational analyses and priority project topics

The SW WA Hub has produced the following situational analyses for the Wheatbelt. You can view this document here.

The priority project list for the Wheatbelt can be viewed here.

Both the situational analyses and priority project topic lists are draft, ‘living’ documents. To view the documents for all four agro-ecological zones or ensure you are viewing the most current document, please visit the Growers Group Alliance Drought Hub page here.

Read monthly reports on drought and related issues prepared by Kondinin Group Researchers here.

View GRDC resources here.