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Interview with Major General Stephen Day, Coordinator-General for Drought, Part 2

"I came away reminded that out in the bush of our great brown land, the people are made of the right stuff. It is thanks to them and their efforts that we Australians eat as well as anyone." These are Major General Stephen Day's final words in Part 2 of the Future Directions International interview about his experience as Australia's Coordinator-General for drought. Read Part 2 of the interview here.

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Tony Coote Memorial Lecture

On Monday, August 5, 2019, Michael Jeffery, Australia's National Soil Advocate, delivered the Mulloon Institute's Inaugural Tony Coote AM Memorial Lecture. One of the resonating principles from Michael's speech: “It’s all about the seven billion microbes in a double-handful of healthy soil being kept happy.” The Tony Coote AM Memorial Lecture by Major General the Hon Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) from Nviro Media on Vimeo.

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August message from the CEO

The highlight this month is the 20th biennial Australian Rangeland Society (ARS) Conference being held as I write at Canberra’s Australian National University (ANU) for three days. ARS is an independent and non-aligned association connecting people who care about improving sustainable management of natural resource, life and business in the rangelands. I delivered the opening address on behalf of the National Soils Advocate, General Mike Jeffery who is recovering from surgery. The conference is well supported and organised with a varied range of respected and talented speakers. Next issue we’ll report further on the proceedings. I’m looking forward to participating next week in the inaugural REGEN WA Regenerative Agricultural Conference. The conference is focussed on the demonstration of ....

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Note from Narelle Luff

Introducing the new Soils for Life Office Manager, Narelle Luff Narelle is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and worked in the health care industry for 15 years. Narelle’s work in health care spanned clinical work with patients in hospital and community settings, professional education and training. Narelle has also worked in healthcare management and holds a Master of Health Industry Management. Narelle grew up in country Victoria, in Gippsland, and has maintained a continuing interest in agriculture and rural life. Narelle has a passion for gardening particularly food production and continues to expand her skills using a variety of techniques that ....

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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 ....