"Red tape" review a boost for regenerative farmers

Australia’s foremost proponent of regenerative agriculture, Soils For Life, has welcomed the Federal Government’s review aimed at reducing red tape for farmers working to improve their land and environmental assets.

The Chair of Soils For Life, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, said the appointment of Dr Wendy Craik to conduct the review into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act should help clear the pathway for many farmers to undertake regenerative practices.

“We estimate that over a million hectares of Australia’s farmland is now under active regenerative management”, General Jeffery said.

“Our case studies (SFL Case Studies) over the past 5 years have shown outstanding results in economic, social, productivity and environmental outcomes. They serve as catalysts for others to change, and we are now experiencing an unprecedented interest in regenerative techniques”.

“We strongly support the statement by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud MP, in his assertion that governments should be able to entrust farmers and managers with land stewardship and management in a balanced and mature way”.

“We also support the Minister’s comment that farmers are the environmental custodians because their profit and loss is intrinsically tied to it. Our Soils For Life farmers are proof that sustainable regenerative practices are not only environmentally beneficial, but productive and profitable”.

“We welcome Dr Craik’s appointment. Her background in the farming sector, as the former Chief Executive of the NFF, her previous role as a Productivity Commissioner and her strong environmental credentials equip her well for an incisive examination of the bureaucratic barriers to farmers’ aims to leave the land in better condition than they found it”, General Jeffery said.

For more information, contact: Niree Creed, Media, Soils for Life:0418625595


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