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Soil health on the agenda at NRM/China forum

  Australia’s National Soils Advocate, Major General Michael Jeffery, will be a lead speaker at a joint Australia/China Forum in Hobart tomorrow, Tuesday, May 1st. The Australia China Sustainable Agricultural Technology Forum will facilitate discussions and explore collaboration between Australian and Chinese researchers and practitioners from Australia’s natural resource management network. The agenda for the Forum includes projects focusing on soil nutrient and moisture management; soil health remediation through science, technology and farming practices; restoration of farmland waterways and water bodies for improved water quality, and sustaining bee populations. General Jeffery’s presentation will incorporate the imperative of global food security, and the vital ....

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Stephanie Alexander teaching kids to grow, eat and respect food

  Stephanie Alexander teaching kids to grow, eat and respect food One of Australia’s most respected advocates of home grown food, Stephanie Alexander AO, says kids who have their own school kitchen gardens are learning about the importance of healthy soils in producing healthy food. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation has initiated school kitchen gardens in over 1600 schools around Australia. In the latest interview in the Soils For Life ....

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"Red tape" review a boost for regenerative farmers

Australia’s foremost proponent of regenerative agriculture, Soils For Life, has welcomed the Federal Government’s review aimed at reducing red tape for farmers working to improve their land and environmental assets. The Chair of Soils For Life, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, said the appointment of Dr Wendy Craik to conduct the review into the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act should help clear the pathway for many farmers to undertake regenerative practices. “We estimate that over a million hectares of Australia’s farmland is now under active regenerative management”, General Jeffery said. “Our case studies (SFL Case Studies) over the past ....

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Government welcomes "Restore the Soil: Prosper the Nation" report

  28-Mar-2018 Government welcomes "Restore the Soil: Prosper the Nation" report Australia’s National Soils Advocate, Major General Michael Jeffery has welcomed the Federal Government’s reaction to his third report, “Restore the Soil: Prosper the Nation”. General Jeffery presented his report to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Minister for Agriculture, the Hon David Litleproud has advised that it will be considered shortly by the Agricultural Ministerial Council. “In my role as the National Soils Advocate, I have sought the advice ....

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Senior scientist says "throw away the plough"

One of Australia’s most respected scientists has raised alarm bells about Australia’s loss of soil carbon and has urged farmers to throw away their ploughs. In the latest in the Soils for Life video series, former Australian Chief Scientist, Professor Robin Batterham AO, warns that the world has lost two thirds of all soil carbon since the introduction of industrial agriculture. “Australia is no exception”, Professor Batterham says. “Essentially we’ve found cheap fossil fuels and fertiliser which gives us more production and ....

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Regenerative agriculture - the new social movement

The Chair of Soils For Life and Australia’s National Soils Advocate, Major General Michael Jeffery, will discuss regenerative agriculture as an important new social movement in a speech in Bendigo yesterday, March 9th. Addressing the Farming for Sustainable Soils Conference at the Capital Theatre, General Jeffery will discuss the growing movement. “I’d argue that regenerative agriculture is not just a farming movement but a social movement, reaching into the backyards of our towns and cities”. “There has been an explosion of interest in growing food, even in tiny inner city backyards, on apartment balconies, or in market gardens beside busy restaurants”. For more information and a copy of General Jeffery’s speech, contact: ....

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"Four Corners" proves urgent need for big changes on farm

Last night’s “Four Corners” program about the impact of climate change should send urgent signals to Australia’s farmers about the need to re-assess their practices to cope with warmer temperatures. Australia’s National Soils Advocate, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery, said the temperature increases monitored by farmers and wine makers were alarming. “ Martin Royds, at Jillamatong, was one of our first case studies for Soils for Life (jillamatong). In last night’s program, he noted a 2.4 degree increase in maximum temperatures since 1985”, General Jeffery said. “Martin has dramatically changed his practices to incorporate rotational grazing, surface cultivation, direct sowing, watercourse management and ....