Biodiversity stewardship program: soils for life farmers lead the way

The Chair of Soils For Life, Major General Michael Jeffery, has welcomed the Federal Government’s $30 million Agriculture Biodiversity Stewardship Program as an encouraging step towards the widespread application of regenerative agriculture practices.

General Jeffery said the 23 case studies undertaken through the SFL program provided outstanding examples of farmers who could provide guidance and inspiration to farm businesses aiming to qualify for the pilot Stewardship Program.

“All of our farmers – including those involved in two new case studies about to be published – have proved that overturning some of the old ways of farming have resulted in greater productivity, greater diversity and deeper, carbon-rich soil profiles”, General Jeffery said.

“Healthy soils also have the capacity to absorb, like a sponge, at least sufficient CO2 to meet our Paris Agreement target. They have the potential to neutralise Australia’s total annual industrial emissions of around 550 million tonnes of CO2, thus allowing a more orderly transition to renewable energy options”.

“The Government’s pilot Program means that farmers who establish shelter belts, manage their water, rotate their stock and revitalise, regenerate and protect their soils will be rewarded for their vision and their acceptance that new farming practices must be undertaken to adapt to climate change”.

“Our Soils For Life farm businesses are have successfully scored the healthy landscape trifecta, by integrating the management of the microbial, nutrient and fungal function of their soils, their water and the diversity of their plants”.

See Soils For Life case studies here.

Soils for Life programs demonstrate proven solutions in regenerative landscape management to increase the natural capital value of the Australian landscape – rural, regional and urban.

For more information contact: Niree Creed, Media, Soils For Life, 0418625595