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The Soils For Life video series features prominent Australians and successful farmers who emanate enthusiasm, passion and wisdom about regenerative agriculture practices.

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The Glenelg Story in less than 1 minute

This is hard country – prone to desertification – but the Chambers family saw that it could be profitable with some major changes, including the introduction of Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris), an exclusion fence and a commitment to permanent pasture cover. Watch this 1-minute summary of some of Jan and Graham Chambers' regenerative practices and achievements. More information about this regenerative agriculture story can be found in the full case study here.

Prime Minister announces funding for Soils For Life

The Prime Minister announced funding for Soils For Life and the establishment of a National Soils Advocate Office at the Daily Telegraph's Bush Summit held in Dubbo on 18 July, 2019. The Prime Minister Morrison acknowledged that, "Healthy soils with high carbon content are essential for any serious water resource management policy."

The Illawong story in less than 1 minute

Bryan Ward’s property, Illawong, comprises 160 hectares and carries up to 140 beef cattle at any one time. Bryan’s achievements over 24 years of managing Illawong provide valuable lessons for producers seeking to maintain production while also regenerating and improving the condition of the land. Watch this 1-minute summary of some of Bryan's regenerative practices and achievements. More information about this regenerative agriculture story can be found in the full case study here.

Alison Pouliot - The Fungus Whisperer

Alison Pouliot is a natural historian, environmental photographer, honorary fellow at the ANU and a font of all knowledge on the subject of fungi. In this video, Alison talks about the role fungi play in healthy, productive soils. She shares her enthusiasm for working with farmers to build living soils that support the mutually beneficial relationship between fungi and plants.  

David Marsh - The Regenerative Farmer

Regenerative agriculture farmer, David Marsh, wanted "more life" coming onto his property. In this video David talks about how his regenerative management practices allow natural processes of self-organisation and diversification in the landscape to happen.  

Bryan Ward - The Farmer

Not far from Albury, NSW, Bryan Ward has been quietly ignoring the drought and sustaining a highly profitable operation on less than 160 hectares. In May 2019, Soils For Life held a special field day at Bryan’s farm, “Illawong”. His farm is also the subject of a, soon to be released, in-depth case study.  

Professor Justin Borevitz

A cafe conversation with one of Australia's foremost experts on genetics, plant biology and soils, Professor Justin Borevitz, tells us farmers have all the answers to climate change, for many reasons.  

Nicole Masters - The Agroecologist

In the town of Bombala on the Monaro high plains pf New South Wales, renowned agroecologist, Nicole Masters, captivated a large audience with her graphic descriptions of how soils function, before a hands-on examination of the soils on two local properties.  

John Feehan - Dung beetles

  And now - everything you ever wanted to know about dung beetles from one of Australia’s top experts. John Feehan says these tiny creatures have the answer to carbon sequestration and preventing nutrient and chemical runoff into our waterways.

John West - Mulloon Creek Catchment

  This interview with John West is part of our Mulloon Creek Catchment case study. The case study outlines the collaboration between 20 farmers rehydrating their creek and agricultural landscape. John West has seen a remarkable transformation on his part of the Creek, in a very short time. In 12 weeks, and with five interventions, John’s seeing fish and birds for the first time in decades, as well as clean water good enough for a dip. Read the case study

Gerry Carroll and Andrew Robinson - Mulloon Creek Catchment

  This interview with Gerry Carroll and Andrew Robinson is part of our Mulloon Creek Catchment case study. The case study outlines the collaboration between 20 farmers rehydrating their creek and agricultural landscape. Gerry was one of the first landowners to come on board with Tony Coote’s vision. Gerry and his manager, Andrew, have seen outstanding results from slowing down the Creek, and building up surrounding pasture. Read the case study

Sue and Ulli Tuisk - Mulloon Creek Catchment

  This interview with Sue and Ulli Tusk, is part of our Mulloon Creek Catchment case study. The case study outlines the collaboration between 20 farmers rehydrating their creek and agricultural landscape. The Tuisks, who own historic “Palerang”, decided to install a slightly different type of weir – in the form of a “V”. Read the case study

Peter Hazell - Mulloon Creek Catchment

  This interview with Peter Hazell is part of our Mulloon Creek Catchment case study. The case study outlines the collaboration between 20 farmers rehydrating their creek and agricultural landscape. Peter, Project Coordinator at the Mulloon Institute, coordinates 20 landholders and work on 14 farms. Read the case study

Gary Nairn AO - Mulloon Creek Catchment

  This interview with the Chair of the Mulloon Institute, Gary Nairn AO, is part of our Mulloon Creek Catchment case study. The case study outlines the collaboration between 20 farmers rehydrating their creek and agricultural landscape. Read the case study

The Brownlow Hill story

  This is the story of an historic farm which almost failed. It’s a story which goes back 200 years, when the pasture at Brownlow Hill, just near Camden, supplied Sydney with milk. A number of crises, including the deregulation of the dairy industry in the 1990’s and the threat of Coal Seam Gas exploration, forced Edgar and Lynne Downes to drastically review how they farmed. Read the case study

Patrick Holden, Sustainable Food Trust, UK

The latest in our series of YouTube interviews with influential Australians follows the Global Soils Security and Planetary Health Conference in Sydney from December 4 to 6. In this interview, Patrick describes his transition from "just a farmer from Wales" through the organic movement to the leader of the Sustainable Food Trust in the UK.

Linda Lilburne, Landcare Research, New Zealand

  The latest in our series of YouTube interviews with influential Australians follows the Global Soils Security and Planetary Health Conference in Sydney from December 4 to 6. In this interview, Linda Lilburne discusses a unique collaboration between farmers, business, government and local communities to address nitrogen run off and other issues affecting New Zealand's waterways. The aim is to preserve and market that country's clean, green, pristine image.  

Professor Tony Capon

The latest in our series of YouTube interviews with influential Australians follows the Global Soils Security and Planetary Health Conference in Sydney from December 4 to 6. Professor Tony Capon is the world's first Professor of Planetary Health. In this interview, Tony discusses what that role really means, the urgent task facing global scientists, and the worrying relationship between poor soil health and gastro intestinal conditions such as Crohne's Disease. ....

Charlie Maslin - The Disrupter

  Listen to Charlie Maslin talk about how his 'drought proofing' strategies for his regenerative farm, aimed at keeping his groundcover, can capture rain when it comes - heavy or not.  

Winlaton - Regenerative Agriculture Case Study (Round 2)

  Winlaton is a Future Farming Landscapes investment model for sustainable and regenerative agriculture in the irrigation sector. It is the brainchild of the founders of Kilter Rural and achieves 8% ROI through three income streams - production, the water market and state eco-credits on 8500 ha of aggregated properties. As the southern-most cotton growing enterprise in Australia, it also crops tomatoes & lucerne as part of the rotation, and keeps/restores 40% of area under native vegetation. 

Jillamatong - Regenerative Agriculture Case Study

  At “Jillamatong” near Braidwood, Martin Royds has turned traditional agriculture in his neighbourhood on its head, and increased his productivity to 230% per DSE. Determination, learning from the experts and an inquisitive mind have been the key to “Jillamatong”’s success, even in dry times.  

Alan Lauder - The Carbon Expert

In this exclusive series of interviews for Soils for Life, prominent Australians lend their perspective on the fundamental role that soils play in our urban and rural landscape. You’ll hear from prominent influencers, a chef, an innovator, a gardening guru and several of our most advanced farmers. Enjoy. Alan Lauder - farmer and author, talks about farming 'Carbon Flows'

Darren Perryman - The Chef

There’s a revolution in restaurants around the world. Customers and chefs are increasingly growing their own fruit and vegetables - even their own meat - to satisfy demands for super freshness and garden to plate provenance. This video interview introduces one lucky chef with a huge farm right on his doorstep.