Author: Tarina White
Source: Cairns.com.au 
October 8, 2012
"GORDONVALE cane grower John Ferrando is among a record number of farmers in the Far North who are investing in environmentally friendly practices to improve soil quality and reduce chemical runoff to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Commonwealth has doled out almost $5 million this year to farmers in the Wet Tropics through its Reef Rescue Water Quality Incentive Grants scheme.
The funds, administered by Terrain Natural Resources Management, will be split between 271 projects that aim to improve water quality by reducing the use of harsh chemicals and fertilisers on farms."
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