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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 ....

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ONE MAN’S VISION SPREADS TO 23,000 HECTARES

A new way of farming which began 11 years ago and boosted productivity by 60 per cent has been adopted by an entire catchment measuring 23,0000 hectares near Bungendore in the NSW Southern Tablelands. Straddling the Great Dividing Range, Tony Coote’s Mulloon Creek Natural Farms have been practicing biodynamics, natural sequence farming, permaculture, keyline pattern cultivation, holistic grazing management and tree planting, along with a system of “leaky weirs” designed to retain water flow and deliver clean water into the Shoalhaven River. In the latest interview in the ....

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“GARDENING AUSTRALIA’S” COSTA: URBAN SPRAWL PUSHING FARMS ONTO MARGINAL COUNTRY

“Gardening Australia’s” Costa Georgiadis, says Australia’s urban sprawl is pushing Australia’s farmers further out onto poor soils with unreliable rain. In an interview for the Soils for Life video series YouTube Costa Georgiadis, Costa criticises the covering of productive market garden soil with houses. “I see, around the country, soil being given a second and third grade ranking on a scale of permanence”, Costa says. “But the reality is that once these productive soils are buried, we’re putting our farming land onto marginal land with poorer soils and less reliable and more infrequent rain. We’re putting more ....

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TPP offers food for fussy eaters

The agreement to enact the Trans Pacific Partnership will mean opportunities for consumers in the 11 participating countries to choose Australian food produced in regenerated and chemical free environments. Australia’s National Soils Advocate, Major General Michael Jeffery, said many of the countries which have signed up to the Partnership had a growing and fastidious middle class, which wanted to know where their food came from and how it was produced. “Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, Mexico and Canada will have unparalleled access to our high quality food and fibre, once the Agreement receives Parliamentary approval”, General Jeffery said. “Growers ....