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National soils strategy good news

25-Mar-2014 NATIONAL SOILS STRATEGY GOOD NEWS FOR ALL Australia has its first national, coordinated and forward thinking approach to managing soils with the Australian Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, releasing a soils strategy and also announcing the reappointment of Australia’s soil health advocate on 25 March 2014. Minister Joyce, launched the National Soil Research, Development and Extension Strategy - Securing Australia’s soil for profitable industries and healthy landscapes, saying the strategy shows commitment to ensuring healthy soils as an important precursor to healthy farm businesses. “This strategy will ensure soils research will become more targeted and collaborative and that research will better meet the needs of farmers, contributing to the long term viability and productivity ....

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Soils for Life National Forum - Day 2

20-Mar-2014 DIVERSE ENTERPRISES MANAGE BY THE SAME PRINCIPLES - DAY 2 OF OUR NATIONAL FORUM Leading innovator in regenerative farming from a 1 million+ hectare property in the NT, John Dunnicliff, addresses participants at the Soils for Life National Forum. Members of the public were invited to join Soils for Life and our case study farmers for Day 2 of the National Forum, 16 March 2014. Coming mostly from surrounding districts, visitors were treated to four presentations from some of our most diverse innovators in regenerative landscape management. Shane Joyce - organic beef cattle, Southern QLD Brigalow Belt Dianne Haggerty - cropping & sheep, WA Central Wheatbelt Colin Seis - pasture cropping, sheep & native grass seed, ....

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Soils for Life National Forum - Day 1

20-Mar-2014 PEARLS OF WISDOM FROM REGENERATIVE FARMERS ON DAY 1 OF THE SOILS FOR LIFE NATIONAL FORUM Leading innovator in regenerative farming, Tim Wright, addresses participants at the Soils for Life National Forum. The Soils for Life National Forum was held 14-16 March 2014 to bring together our inspirational case study farmers so we could learn from them about regenerative landscape management in practice, and they from each other. Board member and regenerative farmer from Boorowa, David Marsh, hosted Day 1 of the Forum as we heard some highlights of regenerative farming, as well as what these practitioners believed was needed to encourage wider adoption on landscapes across Australia… “What excites me is that we’ve ....

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Demo Day - when is a dry dam a good dam?

26-Feb-2014 WHEN IS A DRY DAM A GOOD DAM? WHEN ALL THE MOISTURE IS IN YOUR SOIL! Soils for Life Field Day participants overlook a regenerating floodplain on Gunningrah, near Bombala NSW, 20 February 2014. An almost overwhelming one hundred people attended the Soils for Life Demonstration and Field Day on Charlie and Anne Maslin’s Bombala property Gunningrah on Thursday 20 February. The Field Day focused on grazing management, soil hydrology and stream management, sharing how farmers can maximise use of rainfall. Presenters provided farm management and monitoring techniques as well as meaningful insights on the importance of adopting regenerative landscape management for long-term resilience and sustainability in the face of a changing climate. Click ....

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Season's Greetings from Soils for Life

10-Dec-2013 SOILS FOR LIFE END OF YEAR WRAP-UP It’s been another busy and inspiring year for the Soils for Life team... FIELD DAYS Over the past 12 months, we have run 8 regenerative landscape management Demonstration and Field Days across our case study properties and provided guest speakers at numerous others. Participant numbers ranged from 25 to over 120 and feedback has been extremely positive. 99% of respondents indicated that they would recommend a Soils for Life event to others. ....

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Workshop - What's your property's story?

22-Nov-2013 WHAT'S YOUR PROPERTY'S STORY? establishing a baseline for landscape improvement Participants working on their ecological literacy on Jillamatong, near Braidwood NSW, 13 November 2013. Our land management practices influence the state and functioning of the landscape. History can show us many cases of how ecological function has been changed and often degraded by our practices, affecting the health and productivity of our land. What’s your property’s story? How do you know where you are now and how would you like your future chapters to read? These are some of the questions we pondered at last week’s Soils for Life workshop. Our first workshop – building on the Demonstration and Field Days we’ve been running ....