Welcome to MSF

We are a farmer driven organisation delivering research, development and extension. 


Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF) brings farmers and researchers together to build more efficient, profitable and sustainable farming businesses in the low-rainfall Mallee region across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

In collaboration with Australia’s best agricultural and scientific organisations we’re delivering industry leading research into no-till systems, soil management, crop rotations and nutrition, soil microbiology, environmental sustainability and agronomy that’s changing the face of farming in the Mallee.

Our farmers access the latest developments in sustainable farming methods that are tested on farms in their region and proven to increase productivity, sustainability and profitability.

The MSF Advantage

MSF operates to ensure that the vital research development and extension that will underpin the future productivity and sustainability of farming in the low rainfall Mallee continues.

Our partnership approach facilitates the application of key research and development activities within the region. This brings together national, regional and local research and development capabilities to create an impact far greater than if we operated independently.

The scientific rigour of this program is something that MSF is very proud of and is critical for providing a sound basis for the MSF extension program.


MSF membership gives you direct access to the latest sustainable farming research, advice and details about on-farm applications to improve your farm business. 

Farmers play a key role in guiding the MSF research focus are updated on new research and trials, see the results first-hand on paddock walks, learn from the experts at our forums and workshops and have access to a library of publications. MSF’s significant membership base gives the Mallee a strong voice to advocate for investment in new research, development and extension activities across the region.

Membership is free to all people involved in farming businesses in the Victorian, New South Wales and South Australian Mallee.


MSF’s Farm Talk Podcast proudly brings Farmers, Researchers and Ag Industry connections together to chat innovative farming practices to help build a sustainable farming future for our Mallee growers. Mallee Sustainable Farming is a farmer-driven organisation specialising in Research, Development and Extension for NSW, VIC & SA’s low-rainfall Mallee region.


MSF has identified key areas for work as a guide for investment in research, development and extension in this region;


MSF is governed by a Board of up to 11 farmer and specialist Directors. The Board plays an important part in setting the strategic direction of Mallee Sustainable Farming with a vision to promote dynamic, profitable and sustainable farming systems across the low rainfall Mallee region. 


Catch up on all the latest news and updates here at MSF.

Robin Schaefer named winner of 2022 David Roget Award for excellence

Mallee Sustainable Farming is proud to announce Loxton, South Australia, farmer Robin Schaefer the 2022 winner of the David Roget Award for Excellence.
Robin was presented with the prestigious award at the recent MSF Mallee Research Update held at the Karoonda Football Clubrooms, by CSIRO Research Scientist and MSF Specialist Director, Dr Therese McBeath.

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MSF - Board of Directors


Mallee Sustainable Farming is pleased to announce that the 2021-2022 Board of Directors have now been filled. MSF welcomes Nicole Byrnes from New South Wales who has been appointed as a NSW Farmer Director and Therese McBeath from CSIRO appointed as a Specialist Director.

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MSF Launches First Virtual Field Day


MSF met with Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, and Federal Member for Mallee, Anne Webster this morning.We discussed improved farming systems and practices in low rainfall areas as well as MSF investing in capacity to improve adoption such as virtual reality trials. Pictured is MSF’s Executive Officer, Lachie Sutton with David Littleproud.

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MSF Launches First Virtual Field Day


Pictured (L-R): Warwick Grace, Damon Grace, Mick Faulkner, Mark Stanley, Peter Cousins and Tanja Morgan. We had a fantastic week travelling the SA Riverland and Mallee delivering multiple workshops as part of our Mesonet Roadshow.Big thanks to the project team for their efforts and for everyone who attended one of our workshops!Attendees walked away with

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David Roget Award for Excellence

Jason Brand named winner of the 2021 David Roget Award for Excellence

Mallee Sustainable Farming is proud to announce Jason Brand, Senior Researcher with Agriculture Victoria, as the 2021 winner of the David Roget award for Excellence.  Lachie Sutton, Executive Officer, Mallee Sustainable Farming presented the David Roget Award to Jason Brand at the Mildura Mallee Research Update on February 3 2021.  “Jason Brand leads the Southern

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Sustainable No-Till Farming NSW


https://youtu.be/BHdNczj5SkEWE MALLEE FARMINGHappy National Ag Day! Here’s cheers to our farmers, leaders, advocates, rural communities and people contributing towards Australian Agriculture. THANK YOU for all that you do for this wonderful industry.So, what do we love about being farmers in the Mallee?Watch our #AgDayAU to find out!#MalleeFarmers #SustainableFarming

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