THERE'S no doubting the MIA's citrus growers take pride in their work each and every day.
To recognise this, Lion Dairy & Drinks (Lion) has announced its 2019 Lion Dairy Pride and Orchard Pride Landcare grant applications are now open.
The grants are for its dairy and orange suppliers across the country, including in Leeton.
Lion managing director Kathy Karabatsas said growers put their hearts and soul into their work, so it was important they be recognised.
"Building on the success of last year's inaugural Lion Orchard Pride Landcare Grants program, we will once again be extending an invitation to our orange growers to apply," she said.
"The Lion Landcare grants programs are designed to help our dairy farmers and orange growers develop more sustainable practices on their farms, increase business efficiencies, lower their operating costs and secure the long-term sustainability for their business.
To qualify for the awards, projects must address two priority funding areas - improving bio-diversity and land management and improving energy efficiency.
Ms Karabatsas said this year all applicants are encouraged to place a key focus on water efficiency.
Applications close on April 1 and grants of $10,000 each are expected to be awarded to eight dairy farmers and two fruit growers.
"The program is one of the many initiatives we have put in place to create a more sustainable business across our agricultural supply chains," Ms Karabatsas said. For more information visit https://landcareaustralia.org.au/liondairypridegrants.
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