SOILS FOR LIFE IN THE MEDIA

This page contains links to media coverage of Soils for Life and our inspirational innovative farmers.
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MEDIA COVERAGE

2014

05 DECEMBER 14 ABC RURAL - Former Governor-General concerned agricultural and soil research is underfunded

Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery is trying to raise awareness about the importance of improving the country's soils. He wants the government to provide consistent records of what agricultural research is currently being carried out...
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10 NOV 14 ABC RADIO NATIONAL - Farmers the key to saving Australia's threatened ecosystems

A WWF report has found that out of 5,815 individual eco-systems across the continent, 2,764 could be considered threatened under new criteria set out by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)... One of those trying to balance conservation with the daily pressures of running a farm, is beef producer David Marsh from Boorowa in southern New South Wales. [David Marsh is a member of the Soils for Life Board.]
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06 NOV 14 THE AUSTRALIAN - Land-care theory a growing attraction for farmers

David and Mary Marsh have a simple philosophy in managing their cattle property near Boorowa in NSW. Look after the land and it will look after you. [David Marsh is a member of the Soils for Life Board.]
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2 MAY 14 TAS COUNTRY HOUR - National soils strategy to underpin agriculture

Tasmania has some of Australia's best soil, but former Govenor General, Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery, doesn't want to leave them the chance. He says a national, coordinated and forward thinking approach to restoring the landscape is his mission as Australia's national soils advocate.
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29 APR 14 THE LAND - Making water work at Beetaloo

The old jingle “just add water” takes on new meaning at Beetaloo Station in the Northern Territory, where the Dunnicliff-Armstrong family is investing about $40 million in adding water on an extraordinary scale... The point of this far-sighted undertaking is not merely water, but grass.
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25 APR 14 FARM WEEKLY - Jeffery a soil champion

Developing gardens in every Australian school is a key aim of former WA Governor Major General Michael Jeffery. And he is dead serious about achieving the goal as chairman of an environmental organisation called SoilsForLife and as the Prime Minister-appointed Soil Advocate of Australia.
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24 APR 14 ABC RURAL - Climate champion transforms 'moonscape' farm

Wool grower, John Ive smiles as he gazes out at the gently rolling hills on his farm. Thirty years ago, this same vista looked more like a 'moonscape'... John Ive is one of Australia's 36 climate champions and he's spent decades regenerating the land on his sheep property, Talaheni, near Murrumbateman, on the NSW southern tablelands.
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16 APR 14 THE AUSTRALIAN - Sustainable green revolution our key to help feed world

An edited extract from the Dean’s Lecture that Visy’s executive chairman, Anthony Pratt, presented at the University of Melbourne’s School of Land and Environment
Helping to feed a hungry world is Australia’s greatest humanitarian responsibility and its greatest business opportunity in the 21st century. For both to happen we’ll need “sustainable intensification”. At its core, this is a framework for growing more food on the same or smaller land footprint, while ensuring we care for the environment.
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12 APR 14 STOCK JOURNAL - Spotlight on soil health

Australian agriculture needs a fundamental shift from a linear mining of nutrients to more efficient nutrient cycling, according to microbiologist and Soils for Life scientific adviser Walter Jehne.
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READ THE FEATURE IN THE
MAR/APR 2014 ORGANIC GARDENER MAGAZINE
Talkin' 'bout regeneration

A new breed of farmers and researchers are working to turn around decades of degradation of natural systems and soils...
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26 FEB 14 BOMBALA TIMES - Life lessons learnt as soil field day

One hundred people from near and far attended the Soils for Life demonstration and field day at Charlie and Anne Maslin's property Gunningrah at Bombala last Thursday. Gunningrah has been profiled by the national Soils for Life initiative as a high performing example of regenerative landscape management.
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12 FEB 14 BOMBALA TIMES - Field day promotes soil regeneration

Soils for Life is hosting a demonstration and field day on ‘Gunningrah’, near Bombala, on February 20.
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2013 MAGAZINE FEATURES

READ THE FEATURE IN THE
AUG/SEP 2013 OUTBACK MAGAZINE
Grassroots change

...On “Lana”, a 3350-hectare Northern Tablelands property that carries 7000 sheep and 700 breeding cows, the organisation [Soils for Life] is showcasing the results of a 20-year experiment by the Wright family that has seen them almost eliminate their reliance on expensive inputs while significantly improving the quality of their soil, vegetation and water resources...
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READ THE FEATURE IN THE
JUN 2013 AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY
Saving the farm

Drought, erosion, salinity, climate change and synthetic fertilisers are degrading farmland, but our farming women are helping turn the tide with nature.
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2013

01 OCT 13 CANBERRA TIMES - Making friends in the garden

So how do we conserve what water we do have in our whole biosystem to keep it in for longer? The only way we can save water is to make sure that every single one of every 100 raindrops that falls here filters into our soils and is retained in our soils, and that is what organic soil health [with us composting madly, working alongside our friends the worms and the fungi] is all about...
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29 AUG 13 SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Soil advice must be earthy - and impartial

In the end it's about trust. With food scarcity snapping at the world's heels, the need to increase both yield and sustainability of food-growing has never been more pressing. To do it, we need knowledge - of soils, hydrology, microbes, nutrition...
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17 AUG 13 THE AUSTRALIAN - Agribusiness in search of its own champion

Australia's schools had David Gonski, its banks Stan Wallis, and the car industry John Button. Now agriculture wants its own "champion" to lay out a plan for the future and see it through the complexities and hurdles of Canberra...
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07 AUG 13 THE LAND - Productivity: it's only natural

Touring David and Mary Marsh's farm "Allendale", at Boorowa, is a rough experience. It's September and cold when I first visit the Marshes. At this time of year, on the cusp of spring, much of the Central West is grazed as closely as a bowling green. "Allendale", though, is a landscape lumpy with green-shooting grass tussocks...
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06 AUG 13 THE AUSTRALIAN - Using livestock to restore vegetation to arid land

Allan Savory reckons he discovered the secret to successful cattle farming - and to potentially reversing climate change - while tracking lions through lush African grasslands more than four decades ago...
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