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. 

Latest News and Events

CWFS FIELD WALK – 1 September 2022

CWFS Field Walk is on 1 September at The Fettell Centre. This will be the first time we have hosted a field walk since 2019 and we are excited to welcome new and existing members to The Fettell Centre.

From 10am, local agronomist Chris Baker will be exploring how the strategy of N Banking can tackle the uncertain N supply and yield gap problem.

Followed by soil scientist, Dr Cassie Schefe to discuss the Cool Soil Initiative (CSI) project and carbon emissions for the Central West.

Information & RSVP: Diana Fear, 0427 897 530.

Agribusiness Today Forum – 4/5th August

Mixed Farming Enterprises – Adapting to a Changing Climate

The Agribusiness Today Forum is back in 2022 with the Forbes Golf and Sportsman’s Hotel hosting the major event on Thursday, 4 August.

The forum will be followed by a local field visit on Friday, 5 August in collaboration with HE Silos, Austasia Animal Products and Advanced Animal Nutrition.

For more than 25 years the Agribusiness Today Forum has brought together expert speakers to give an insight into domestic and international market trends, the opportunities for improving productivity and sustainability, and increasing market growth.

The 2022 forum features a number of high calibre speakers including representatives from Rabobank, Department of Primary Industries, Endeavour Meats, HE Silos, Lachlan Commodities, Future Feed, Charles Sturt University, AgSTAR Farming, AWI Sheep Connect NSW and The University of Melbourne.

Visit Agribusiness Today webpage to view the program and purchase tickets.

Video produced by Charles Sturt University.

Innovation Generation: ‘Emerging Ag’ 18/20 July

Grain farming is about long term vision and young ag professionals are invited to look to the future of their industry.

Innovation Generation is a conference for ages 18 – 35 that brings together the brightest and best speakers with real-world experience. Join the discussions around farms of the future, collaboration, entrepreneurship and maximising innovation.

Challenge the status quo and help build the future of grains in 2022 at Innovation Generation.

See Innovation Generation webpage for more information on the program and tickets.

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