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New Outcomes Australia CEO appointed

18-Nov-2013 GLOBAL EXPERT APPOINTED CEO OF OUTCOMES AUSTRALIA On November 14 2013, the Board of Outcomes Australia announced the appointment of Dr Maria Paula Gomez, an expert in managing the implementation of world-leading programs, as its CEO. Established in 2006, Outcomes Australia is an innovative national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to identifying world’s best practice solutions that, with the right implementation, will lead to significant benefits for all Australians. Soils for Life is an Outcomes Australia Project. Major General The Hon. Michael Jeffery, chairman of Outcomes said: “It is fitting then that our CEO is an internationally renowned expert. Dr Maria Paula Gomez was a key member of the leadership team that developed one of ....

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The link between soil health & human health

02-Oct-2013 SO, WHAT IS THE LINK BETWEEN SOIL HEALTH & HUMAN HEALTH? Fundamentally, the food that we eat is derived from plants and the animals that eat them – so how does what plants grow in affect us? Soils for Life’s resident soil microbiologist, Walter Jehne, has been supporting Urban Agriculture Australia and their display at this year’s Floriade in Canberra, on a mission to encourage people to grow their own food, save money, reconnect with nature and look after their health. Last week the Soils for Life team sat in on Walter’s presentation ‘Why healthy people need healthy food from healthy soils’. Here’s some of what he had to say… Everything on ....

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Demo Day - Managing for a changing climate

13-Sep-2013 MANAGING FOR A CHANGING CLIMATE: GRAZING MANAGEMENT & RESTORING LANDSCAPE HYDROLOGY Craig Carter hosting the Soils for Life Field Day on his grazing property, Tallawang, near Willow Tree NSW, 10 September 2013. The Tallawang Field day hosted by Craig Carter and Nicky Chirlian was designed to inform farmers and landscape managers on options for adapting to a changing climate - and it achieved much more than that. In a first for the Soils for Life Program, the day was held in the middle of the 445 hectare grazing property on the Liverpool Plains, complete with large tentage and generators to drive all the conveniences for the 60 attendees! Regenerative farmer and Soils for Life Board ....

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Demo Day - Pasture cropping & grazing management

14-Aug-2013 HOW IT WAS STUFFED UP... AND HOW WE ARE FIXING IT One and a half centuries of family experience are behind innovative pasture-cropping practices developed on Winona, now used around Australia and the world. Colin Seis at the Winona Field Day, 7 August 2013. Around thirty farmers came to Soils for Life’s field day at Winona on 7 August to see the 2000 hectare property. Participants heard how traditional farm management practices had degraded the land and how Colin Seis set about repairing it and restoring its capability to produce both flock and stud merino sheep, cereal grains and native grass seed. Boorowa farmer and Board member David Marsh introduced the event on ....

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Demo Day - Growing soil - growing life

31-Jul-2013 GROWING SOIL - GROWING LIFE Learning about compost production at the Milgadara Field Day, 24 July 2013. Bill and Rhonda Daly, hosted the Soils for Life Field Day at their beautiful property, Milgadara, near Young NSW, on 24th July, which, given the near blizzard conditions of the 23rd, turned out, once the fog had cleared, to be cool, but clear and sunny day. The early morning bite was tempered by the luxury of gas heating in the machinery shed which accommodated the 60 participants, in a welcome degree of comfort, to hear the indoor presentations... Soils for Life Chairman, Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery ....

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Demo Day - Managing rainfall for production outcomes

15-Jul-2013 MANAGING FOR THE SUM OF ALL PARTS Property owner Shane Joyce shares his manage techniques and production outcomes to interested participants at the Dukes Plain Field Day, 3 July 2013. Dukes Plain, Theodore, Queensland, welcomed the Soils for Life Field Day on 3 July with a warm winter sun, at least for those of us from the south - the locals started the day with jackets! The birds were chirping, continually – not just atmospheric, but a great indicator of the biodiversity thriving on Dukes Plain. For orientation, Dukes Plain is just under a three hour drive south of Rockhampton, and around 250km due west of Bundaberg, as the crow flies. We were ....

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Allan Savory coming to Australia to share his knowledge

12-Jul-2013 ALLAN SAVORY COMING TO AUSTRALIA TO SHARE HIS KNOWLEDGE Various forms of time-controlled planned grazing, rotationally grazing mobs of stock interspersed with monitored rest periods for pasture recovery, have featured strongly as effective regenerative practices on many of the grazing properties in our case studies. Farmers using these practices are successfully regenerating their landscapes, increasing carrying capacity and subsequently production. Now, Allan Savory - who developed the system of planned grazing that mimics conditions of the African savannah and founder of Holistic Management - is coming to Australia. And you have the opportunity to learn from him in person. As a young game ranger in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Mr Savory hated livestock, regarding ....

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Soil Health Webinar 3

04-Jun-2013 'REGENERATING AUSTRALIA'S SOIL HEALTH' - WEBINAR SERIES This week will see the final episode of the three-part webinar series being hosted by The National Landcare Facilitator in partnership with Soils for Life. The webinars aimed to help drive a national conversation around soil health with information and ideas from leading figures, scientists and farmers who have implemented landscape management changes - and there's been some very good discussion so far. Part 3 takes place on 5 June at 12:30 AEST. REGISTER HERE This week's webinar looks at How do we measure and extend effective practices? and will feature presentations by farmers who have featured strongly in our case studies: - Bill and Rhonda Daly, ....