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The secret to "calm" during dry times: David Marsh

Renowned regenerative farmer, David Marsh from “Allendale” Boroowa, NSW, says one of the most satisfying effects of his change from conventional farming has been his sense of calm, even during the current dry. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, David Marsh says “the big unsung story is the calmness that comes over you when you feel like you’re doing good things for the planet and not getting anxious”. David has been practicing regenerative farming for 20 years, but says anxiety was a constant before he changed his practices. “We used to go backwards financially. We’d be anxious about our financial position, the ....

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Fantastic field day at "Illawong"

As an octogenarian, and after 20 years of single handedly regenerating two paddocks of clapped out land near Albury NSW, Bryan Ward has turned “Illawong” into a showpiece. At a field day attended by more than 70 people on May the 8th, Bryan took pride in hosting visitors through his rejuvenated and lush pastures, which produce premium pure grass fed beef for the top US market. With 160 hectares and no running water to work with, Bryan has direct seeded and developed shelter belts, to leave him with around 70 hectares of grazing country. Watch the video here. For more information ....

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Agriculture's big role in sucking up our carbon

One of the country’s foremost experts on genetics, plant biology and now studying soils, Professor Justin Borevitz from the ANU’s School of Biology, says Australia can take a leading international role in sequestering carbon, and farmers can play a big part. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life video series, Professor Borevitz says Australia can “ first - stop digging. However we suck almost as much carbon out of the air as we have dug up to clean up our mess. It’s in the order of giga tonnes. We can smash it, no problem”. “If we were to invest and integrate our agro-ecological systems ....

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Climate change: Farmers have the answer

Australia’s National Soil Advocate, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery, has called on the major political parties to cut through the climate change debate and recognise that farmers have much of the answer to sequestering carbon. In a proposal submitted to the Ministers and Shadow Ministers for Agriculture and Water Resources, Environment and Climate Change, General Jeffery quotes numerous scientific studies that show that healthy soils have the capacity to absorb sufficient CO2 to meet Australia’s Paris Agreement target. He has called on “the next Australian government to commit to prioritising the promotion and resourcing of a rapid transition to regenerative farming practices ....

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ALP support for school gardens welcome

Australia’s Advocate for Soil Health and Chair of Soils For Life, former Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery has welcomed the ALP’s announcement that it would provide $6 million in funding to support the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. “SFL has been a strong supporter of Stephanie’s Program, which encourages schools to establish a kitchen garden to teach our young people how to build healthy soils, how to grow healthy food, and how to prepare it. We feature Stephanie’s work at a Melbourne school on our website, at Stephanie Alexander “, General Jeffery said. “Her goals to reduce the level of obesity and ....

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How Bryan Ward got through the drought: Soils For Life field day

Not far from Albury, NSW, Bryan Ward has been quietly ignoring the drought and sustaining a highly profitable operation on less than 160 hectares. Bryan fattens premium quality pasture fed Angus steers for the JBS Swift assurance program. His meat is sold primarily to the USA and quality restaurants in Australia. Soils For Life will hold a special Field Day at Bryan’s farm, “Illawong”, on Wednesday, May 8th, and the media is invited to attend. The day will include a paddock tour and presentations from Bryan Ward, David Marsh, leading regenerative farmer and grazier from “Allendale”, and Assoc. Prof Richard Thackway with an ....