NEW CASE STUDY PROVES SUPER FUNDS AND NATIONAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT A SUCCESSFUL MIX

4 October 2018


NEW CASE STUDY PROVES SUPER FUNDS AND NATIONAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT A SUCCESSFUL MIX

A new case study published by Soils For Life examines the successful regenerative practices of a Victorian farming operation managed by the Kilter Rural company.

FFL (Future Farming Landscapes) at Winlaton in the Murray Darling Basin is an investment model - the brainchild of Kilter Rural founders. It involved turning agriculture into a mainstream investment for institutions and professional investors. The company, Kilter Rural, is succeeding where many have failed.

In the early 2000s, Kilter Rural worked with VicSuper to commit more than $200 million into a “greenfields” farm investment. From 2007 onwards it selected 35 farms and had completed the bulk of these acquisitions by 2012.

It presented an opportunity to regenerate a degraded landscape from the ground up.

Kilter Rural manages the Lake Boga enterprise to achieve returns in excess of 8% on capital invested per year, through blending three income sources – agricultural produce, interacting with the water market and through available eco-markets in Victoria.

The effects of past land management regimes were recognised and understood. Decades of leaky flood irrigation had adversely affected the landscape’s ecological function. There was a need to make the best land productive, while, at the same time, attending to soil and biodiversity imperatives to ensure a sustained commercial enterprise.

The least promising land - with poor, long-depleted soils - became habitat for vulnerable wildlife with the regrowth of chenopod (saltbush and bluebush) and woodland communities.

The most arable land has been heavily infused with composts and organic matter, including 30,000 tonnes of compost applied to the cropping fields each year, mostly sourced from Melbourne’s green waste. FFL Winlaton is growing Australia’s most southern cotton and it has proven its worth in rotation with lucerne and tomatoes for processing.

Kilter Rural manages the Lake Boga enterprise to achieve returns in excess of 8% on capital invested per year, and the team at Kilter Rural is keen to apply the Future Farming Landscapes model in another agro-climatic region of Australia.

Find the FFL Winlaton case study here.

Soils for Life programs demonstrate proven solutions in regenerative landscape management to increase the natural capital value of the Australian landscape – rural, regional and urban.

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