Ben Poggioli is a multi-crop farmer of up to 250 hectares of peanuts, corn, pumpkin, hay and sugar cane in the Barron region of Queensland. The Poggiolis were able to access funding via the Australian Government’s Reef Programme, which has seen Ben at the forefront of implementing new methodologies in an attempt to minimise the application of pesticides to his productive area. Ben has observed a change in the industry and notes that there is more conversation about new technologies and improved practices. “It’s an economical decision in that it means less man hours, less fuel burn, and less machinery needing to be owned to get the same results, and it’s a sustainability decision in that there are benefits in things like nutrient and soil management and soil retention,” Ben said.
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