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Check out these amazing school projects looking at soil!

The Science Investigation Awards are a state wide competition which engage students in experimental design and scientific enquiry. The Awards are for students in years 4 to 12 studying science. The competition encourages students to use science investigation skills – how to design and test a hypothesis, manage variables and replications, write a science report and communicate results to research a topic of interest and produce a scientific investigation report in a poster form. Ben Stockwin, CEO of PIEFA, was the head judge for the awards. He was highly impressed by the number of entries that focused on soil science. He took ....

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PLANNING FOR DROUGHT AND PROFIT IN THE MONARO

With 100% of New South Wales still in drought, how does the Monaro’s Charlie Maslin still have full ground cover, flowing streams and no need to back up the feed truck? In the latest Soils For Life video interview at Charlie Maslin YouTube, Charlie Maslin explains how his property, “Gunningrah” is making a profit and why he and his wife Anne have more time on their hands. Charlie explains that his rainfall figures are 35% less than normal for the past 8 months. “In the last 12 months we’ve gone through quite a dry period. Conventionally, farmers back the feed trucks in and agist stock and try ....

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BRAIDWOOD’S MARTIN ROYDS BOOSTS PROFITS BY TURNING TRADITIONAL FARMING ON ITS HEAD

See PDF-version here:  Jillamatong News Release   A new case study published by Soils For Life tells the story of Martin Royds, his farm “Jillamatong” near Braidwood, and a regenerative agriculture regime which has resulted in a benchmarked 230% net profit per DSE. The extensively researched study, at The Jillamatong Story examines the ecological, social and economic health of Martin’s farm since 1994, when he began instituting numerous regenerative practices. The case study is featured on the new Soils For Life website (www.soilsforlife.org.au) which features farmers who are leaders ....

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Drought policy and soils policy the answer to drought proofing farms

Australia’s National Soils Advocate, Major General Michael Jeffery, has urged the Federal Government to adopt his policy “Restore the Soil: Prosper the Nation” in concert with a national drought policy to help drought proof farms in the future. Responding to last night’s ABC “Q & A” drought discussion, General Jeffery supported the call by the President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, for the implementation of a national drought policy. “As members of NFF, we support any moves which would assist farmers to protect their landscape, support households and better adjust to drought. But it needs to be linked to a national policy to restore and maintain the health of our ....

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The Fortunate Chef: A Feast on his Doorstep

On the outskirts of Canberra, Pialligo Estate’s Executive chef, Darren Perryman, represents a revolution in the restaurant sector. Increasingly, Australia restaurants are growing their own produce in backyards and even rooftops, to ensure ultimate freshness and taste. But Darren has at his disposal an enormous orchard and garden based on regenerative practices. “I put an order in the evening with our market gardener and the next day he comes to work, and at 6 o’clock in the morning he’s picking it. At 9.00 in the morning I’m preparing it. So it’s as fresh as fresh can be”, Darren says in ....