MIG covers approximately 320 000 hectares within the shires of Mingenew and Irwin, with close to 200 farm businesses being active members. This equates to approximately 95% of farmers in the Mingenew area.
MIG was formed in 1994 based on a need for locally driven Research and Development. The group has grown substantially. In recent years MIG’s trial program has included approximately 70 trials, with up to 350 people attending field days. The group now employs seven staff who work on a variety of funded projects to provide services to members.
The group has a Research and Development committee and an Environmental Division.
Field trials and demonstrations are core business for the group, managing approximately 60 trials in 2015, with the majority across two trial sites.
MIG has three main focus areas:
- Information and Education
The main projects of MIG in 2015 include improving productivity on non-wetting soils, demonstration of perennial shrub systems, soil water holding properties, and the establishment of Anameka saltbush.
Aims and objectives
MIG’s aim is to “Promote and develop economic and environmentally sustainable agriculture through research, planning, monitoring and demonstrating best practice.”
The core objectives of MIG are to:
• Manage the Research and Development Program to deliver relevant and timely benefits for members
• Maintain funding from multiple sources to efficiently and professionally and maintain reserves
• Manage intellectual property and grow the MIG brand to broaden access and funding
• Promote stewardship and understanding of issues impacting long term sustainability of agriculture