About Us

A little bit about us

Central West Farming Systems (CWFS) is an independent, not-for-profit, farmer driven organisation. We operate in an area covering 14 million hectares in the lower rainfall, mixed farming regions of Central West NSW (350-500mm rainfall). Formed in 1998, the group now boasts over 300 members made up primarily of farmers but also private and public sector advisers, researchers and stakeholders.

low rainfall irrigation
plowing the paddock
soil testing

CWFS is based centrally at Condobolin but also operates 11 regional sites within a 250 km radius of Condobolin. These regional sites are run by local member committees who set the direction for trial, demonstration and extension activities annually. These sites, together with our membership, provide an exceptionally strong distribution and engagement network. In 2014, CWFS commenced irrigation RD&E activities at Condobolin after assuming management of the Lachlan Irrigation Research Station, which is 120 Ha in area and has an irrigation licence of 1226 Meg general security water. CWFS is run by an Executive of 14 members with input from major project partners and agribusinesses. Our primary goal is to increase information delivery to our members, farmers, industry advisers and the community through our highly reputable publications, field days and workshops.