SOILS FOR LIFE IN THE MEDIA

This page contains links to media coverage of Soils for Life, our Chairman Major General Michael Jeffery and our inspirational innovative farmers.
Please go to the Media page for press releases and media enquiries and the News page for the latest news and updates from Soils for Life.
Earlier media coverage can be found in the Archive


MEDIA COVERAGE

2015

25 AUG 15 THE LAND - White Paper 'missing' soil health

Soils for Life Chairman Major-General Michael Jeffery would have started with a different premise if he was writing the federal government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper...
“If I was writing the White Paper - and I wasn’t - I would have started with the premise that good agricultural policy, in terms of profit and sustainability, must always have, as its fundamental base, the health of the soil and managing our soil, water and plant life assets properly”...
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18 MAY 15 ABC RADIO NATIONAL - Soils for Life

It’s time to talk about soil because if we don’t we could face a very serious problem. The world needs to double sustainable food production by 2050 to feed a projected population increase of 9 billion people...

Major General Michael Jeffery speaks with Amanda Vanstone on the ABC Radio National Counterpoint program.
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10 APR 15 ABC NEWS (Australian Story) - Renewed hopes Tarwyn Park's Natural Sequence Farming method will continue despite property sale

There are renewed hopes this week that the work of "irascible genius" land care pioneer Peter Andrews will continue despite the loss of the famous property where he developed his revolutionary theories... Major General Jeffery said he recommended Mr Andrews to Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week in a conversation about ways to improve Australia's soil.
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10 APR 15 ABC TROPICAL NORTH - MORNINGS

Major General Michael Jeffery is interviewed by ABC Tropical North Mornings Program host, Kim Kleidon, as part of the International Year of Soils...
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20 FEB 15 THE LAND - Soil health essential for global food security

Using the examples of declining soil quality and arable land and rising global population, Mr Jeffery said looking after soil health to feed the world was one of the biggest issues currently facing humanity...
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FEBRUARY 15 LANDCARE IN FOCUS - General Talks up Soil

It's not surprising that the National Advocate for Soil Health should be urging more focus on the soil. What is striking about Major General Michael Jeffery's address to the National Soil Science Conference in Melbourne late last year was the urgency of his appeal...
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2014

05 DEC 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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