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Funding Announced for the Soils for Life Program

  National Objective Declared on Soil and Landscape at Bush Summit Funding Announced for the Soils for Life Program The Prime Minister announces funding for Soils for Life at the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit held in Dubbo.  The Prime Minister endorsed the critical need to restore and maintain the health of the Australian agricultural landscape to guarantee a food secure nation and sustainable farming communities as a national objective when he addressed the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit held in Dubbo on Thursday 18 July. The Prime Minister acknowledged that, “Healthy soils with high carbon ....

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Establishment of the National Office of the Advocate for Soil Health

  The Prime Minister announces the establishment of the office of the National Advocate for Soil Health at the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit held in Dubbo on Thursday 18 July.  The Prime Minister announced plans to establish a permanent office to advise on our national soil strategies and initiatives across multiple portfolios including education , training, science and technology, agriculture, water policy and regional development. The Prime Minister has recalled the Honourable Major General Michael Jeffery AC AO (Mil) CVO MC (Retd) as the National Advocate for Soil Health. The Prime Minister stated that Australia’s national drought strategy and long-term strategic plan ....

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CEO’s Comment July 2019

  It's a busy and exciting time to be involved in regenerative agriculture. In the Soils for Life office, we've noticed a growing interest and momentum from farmers, growers and producers and with government policy advisors, scientists, academia, media and related industry people. Improving soil carbon content allows us to access carbon credits. Adding soil carbon is also intrinsically beneficial to encourage water retention (when those rains eventually come) and improve soil structures, including the microbial and fungal prospects. Over this recent couple of months, we have worked to complete a further four case studies. We have also focused ....

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Letter to The Australian from the Soil Advocate

  I write in response to your editorial “Time to get on with new dams” (12/8). While properly sited dams have their role, much more water can be stored in healthy soil containing adequate levels of carbon. Essential carbon can be sequestered into soil by informed farmers who integrate the management of their plants, soil, water and, where appropriate, their animals. In cities, we can ensure urban planners design ways to catch and safely reuse every drop of rain. As the Commonwealth national Advocate for Soil Health, I recommend that water be seen as a key national strategic asset. Working together, federal cabinet ....

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Workshops - Earth Canvas

  Earth Canvas is a project set up by Gill Sanbrook that links six outstanding Australian artists to six regenerative farmers to give their artistic interpretation of what’s happening on their land. The Earth Canvas project began in April 2019 and will culminate in November when the six farmers will host a lunch at their properties to showcase their regenerative agriculture and the artists will exhibit their art. Workshops and field days are being held to further showcase regenerative farming in a creative and stimulating format. https://earthcanvas.com.au/  

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Note from the Chair July 2019

  For the first time, we have a national objective to restore and maintain the health of the Australian agricultural landscape. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison guaranteed a food-secure nation and sustainable farming communities in his speech at the recent Daily Telegraph Dubbo Drought Summit in July. Farmers who are informed and supported can successfully integrate the management of their soil, water, vegetation and animals. Soils for Life can work collaboratively with farming communities to ensure the agricultural industry is sustainable and our environment is resilient. The Prime Minister announced that his Government will support this national objective and that all appropriate departmental portfolio areas will work ....

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Introducing the Media and Communications Manager with the Soils for Life Team

Cecilia Moar is a former farmer and resident of the North-Central, Wimmera and Mallee areas in Victoria. Awarded ABC Rural Victorian Woman of the Year, a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership program, she sat on the boards of Telstra and the Mallee Catchment Management Authority. Cecilia has an Honours degree in Social Science from Bond University. Cecilia’s professional experience includes commercial food and fibre production, land and water stewardship, community capacity building, corporate governance, and the delivery of education and ....