CWCFA was formed in Parkes in 1994, emerging from growing interest in conservation agriculture practices in Central West NSW. As an Association, it was committed to informing farmers about the latest farming practices through field days, workshops and field trips. CWCFA was supported by the expertise of extension staff from the government departments, other farming systems groups, commercial businesses and other specialists in the field.
In 2008, the Central West Conservation Farming Association (CWCFA) changed its name to the Conservation Agriculture and No-till Farming Association (CANFA) in order to be more representative of the type of farming being practiced by its members. The organisation was also preparing to expand its membership base south.
Up until early 2014, CANFA operated with an Executive Officer, support staff and a dedicated, experienced committee behind it, who worked to forge strong partnerships with government bodies and the private sector, to provide members with the latest information on research, technology and practical application.
During this period, information was delivered to members through regular e-bulletins, case studies, field days, bus trips, workshops, annual conference and other correspondence.
CANFA is now run by a volunteer committee of farmers and conservation agriculture advocates keen to learn from each other through farm visits and organised trips to conservation farming events.
Conservation Agriculture Australia is an incorporated not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of information, products and services relating to all aspects of conservation agriculture, regional sustainability and carbon farming. CANFA is a member of CAA.