The Dairying for Tomorrow (DfT) program, managed by Dairy Australia, is a practical natural resource management (NRM) program designed to assist farmers to develop and implement sound environmental management practices for a sustainable dairy industry. All Dairying for Tomorrow projects share a common vision: to have dairying systems contributing to healthy and sustainable catchments and communities.
In 2000 the Dairying for Tomorrow program was launched as the industry on-farm NRM strategy with an initial focus on the development of Regional Action Plans that would drive regional investment in NRM.
The Regional Dairying for Tomorrow Coordinators are a national and state based initiative designed to coordinate and develop on-farm NRM projects and programs. They serve as a contact point for both dairy farmers and NRM stakeholders and are also involved in the coordination and delivery of a number of industry NRM and climate change programs. Their role also includes facilitating meetings between farmers and relevant NRM stakeholders and the targeting of funding to undertake various projects. As part of the Queensland Dairy NRM team, the Queensland Dairying for Tomorrow Coordinator, Rick Kowitz, provides important linkages with Dairy Australia and the DfT program.