Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) is an independent, not-for-profit, farmer driven organisation.

Our area covers 14 million hectares in the lower rainfall (350-500mm annually), mixed farming regions of Central West NSW. CWFS formed in 1998 and now boasts over 300 members – made up primarily of farmers as well as private and public sector advisers, researchers and stakeholders.


Access our Research Compendiums; fact sheets, newsletters and Member Information Services; enjoy free or discounted entry to events; and member-only content on this site.

Trials and Projects

CWFS performs research driven trials, workshops, field days and extensions through a range of activities and partnerships to benefit growers, industry and our regional communities.


Listen to agricultural podcasts, explore our library of CWFS video resources and find other helpful and authoritative information and publications in our resources section. 

GRDC Soilborne Pathogens Workshops – POSTPONED AGAIN

The Soilborne Pathogens Workshops have been postponed once again due to Covid. When rescheduled, they will explore soilborne root diseases in your region, providing an insight into symptoms, identification, diagnosis, and management.

The workshops will:

  • Include an interactive session where you get to score the root health of your own cereal crops
  • Provide opportunity for discussion with cereal pathologist Dr Steven Simpfendorfer (NSW DPI)

Morning tea & lunch provided. Points to note:

  • All participants are required to bring along cereal plants
  • Includes resource material

Numbers are capped, so please RSVP to reserve your spot and get further instructions on how to collect your plant samples.


Check your mailbox!

The Soil CRC Rural Landholder Survey 2021 is out!

If you receive one in your mailbox, we encourage you to take the time to complete and return it in the envelope supplied. We are keen to receive your feedback.

This project aims to understand what land and farm management practices farmers undertake and why they choose the farming methods they do. This is a great opportunity for farmers to have their say.

CWFS is excited to work with Soil CRC and Dr Hanabeth Luke from Southern Cross University to deliver this project.  If you would like more information please visit Soil CRC.

NSW DPI Farm Business Resilience Program

Under the NSW DPI Farm Business Resilience Program, farmers will receive an expert coach who will work with you and assist in your farming business. Participants will get an experienced business coach that helps set your goals and gets you organised and motivated.

For further information and a quick outline or to apply, visit Farm Business Coaching (nsw.gov.au) or contact Lisa McFadyen lisa.mcfadyen@dpi.nsw.gov.au or 
Diana Fear 0427 897 530 cwfs@dpi.nsw.gov.au

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