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Alarming soil moisture figures show the need for better soil management

19-Sep-2017 ALARMING SOIL MOISTURE FIGURES SHOW THE NEED FOR BETTER SOIL MANAGEMENT New figures showing long term low soil moisture in New South Wales have indicated the urgent need for better soil management across the state. Australia’s National Advocate for Healthy Soils, Major General Michael Jeffery, said the Soils for Life case histories show that good soil management can reduce the loss of approximately 50% of all rainwater. “Our scarce ....

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NFF and Soils for Life: A natural fit

19-Sep-2017   NFF AND SOILS FOR LIFE: A NATURAL FIT The new relationship between Soils for Life and the National Farmers’ Federation is a major step forward in extending the movement towards healthier soils, better water retention and higher productivity on the nation’s farms. The National Advocate for Soils, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery, said Associate Membership of NFF represented a natural fit. “Our work over the past few years ....

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Australia in no shape to feed the world

19-Sep-2017 AUSTRALIA IN NO SHAPE TO FEED THE WORLD Australia’s National Advocate for Healthy Soils, Major General Michael Jeffery, says the country’s farmers will be hard pushed to increase their food exports to Asia and a rapidly expanding global population without urgent regeneration of our soils and the retention of much more rainfall within them. General Jeffery was responding to an Agribusiness Australia ....

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Warmest July on record - Can our farms be more drought resilient?

WARMEST JULY ON RECORD – CAN OUR FARMS BE MORE DROUGHT RESILIENT? The Bureau of Meteorology has recorded the warmest July on record, with the average temperature during the month the highest in 100 years, and signs of drought appearing in Queensland and New South Wales. Australia’s National Soils Advocate and Chairman of Soils for Life, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery says many farmers will be looking to build resilience into their properties if the warm, dry ....

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Prepare soils before planning next winter's crop

PREPARE SOILS BEFORE PLANNING NEXT WINTER'S CROPS Australia’s National Soils Advocate, former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery, has called on farmers to prioritise upgrading the quality of their soils as they plan next winter’s cropping program. Major General Jeffery said the regenerative landscape practices undertaken by around 17,000 farmers throughout Australia had significantly boosted productivity and the quality of crops. “Our case studies (http://www.soilsforlife.org.au/case-studies-project) have shown conclusively that a focus on regenerative landscape management demonstrated profitable and sustainable farming while continuing to improve the natural resource base”, Major General Jeffery ....

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Small farms have a role in landscape regeneration too

06-Mar-2017 SMALL FARMS HAVE A ROLE IN LANDSCAPE REGENERATION TOO In March, our Chairman Michael Jeffery and Chief of Staff, Natalie Williams, attended a Mardan & Mirboo North Landcare Group field day in South Gippsland, sharing the healthy soil and landscape regeneration message to landholders – including the growing numbers of 'tree changers', who also have a significant role to play in regenerating our landscape… Host property, Hill Farm Our Chairman and National Advocate for Soil Health, Major General Michael Jeffery, was invited by the Mardan & Mirboo North Landcare Group to be keynote speaker at the first of their series of field days covering Hill Farms, Small Commercial Farms and Lifestyle Farms. ....

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Some of the realities behind 'from paddock to plate'

27-Feb-2017 DISCUSSING SOME OF THE REALITIES BEHIND 'FROM PADDOCK TO PLATE' Joel Salatin visits Jonai Farms for the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance Host Tammi Jonas of Jonai Farms - a small-scale producer of pastured rare-breed large black pigs butchered, cooked and cured on farm and sold directly to their community. The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is all about the development of an equitable, sustainable and resilient food system for all Australians. With a focus on building and supporting more direct relationships between farmers and the people who want to buy and eat their produce, they focus on small-scale producers and community supported agriculture ....

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New Soils for Life Chief of Staff

21-Dec-2016 EXPERIENCED LAND MANAGER, SCHOLAR & BUSINESSWOMAN TO LEAD SOILS FOR LIFE Soils for Life founding Chairman, Major General Michael Jeffery, is pleased to appoint Natalie Williams as the new Soils for Life Chief of Staff. Natalie Williams is Soils for Life's new   Chief of Staff “Natalie comes to us with extensive knowledge and skill as well as hands on experience as a regenerative land manager from a Queensland cattle station. She is a former Nuffield Scholar, who has studied carbon sequestration in arid and semi-arid environs, sustainable grazing systems and investigated how farmers can make money trading carbon, making her a great fit for Soils for Life.” Soils for Life received applications from ....