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ALP support for school gardens welcome

Australia’s Advocate for Soil Health and Chair of Soils For Life, former Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery has welcomed the ALP’s announcement that it would provide $6 million in funding to support the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program. “SFL has been a strong supporter of Stephanie’s Program, which encourages schools to establish a kitchen garden to teach our young people how to build healthy soils, how to grow healthy food, and how to prepare it. We feature Stephanie’s work at a Melbourne school on our website, at Stephanie Alexander “, General Jeffery said. “Her goals to reduce the level of obesity and ....

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How Bryan Ward got through the drought: Soils For Life field day

Not far from Albury, NSW, Bryan Ward has been quietly ignoring the drought and sustaining a highly profitable operation on less than 160 hectares. Bryan fattens premium quality pasture fed Angus steers for the JBS Swift assurance program. His meat is sold primarily to the USA and quality restaurants in Australia. Soils For Life will hold a special Field Day at Bryan’s farm, “Illawong”, on Wednesday, May 8th, and the media is invited to attend. The day will include a paddock tour and presentations from Bryan Ward, David Marsh, leading regenerative farmer and grazier from “Allendale”, and Assoc. Prof Richard Thackway with an ....

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Beetles rule

According to one of Australia’s foremost experts on dung beetles, these tiny animals are the secret to carbon capture and clean water. In the latest in the Soils For Life video series, John Feehan OAM describes the crucial role that dung beetles play in facilitating water penetration, introducing carbon, and removing nutrients and chemicals from our waterways and oceans. “Every single day, our 28 million cattle drop half a million tonnes of dung a day over this tired burnt out continent. And if there’s ever a continent on this planet that needed every gram of this valuable material being put underground and put to good use, ....

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20 landholders, one 50 km creek, and a unique regenerative success story

The latest case study from Soils For Life traces a remarkable collaboration amongst farmers to regenerate a whole catchment on the NSW Southern Tablelands, and over 20 farms which depend on it. The Mulloon Community Landscape Rehydration Project is unique, long term and broad. With the guidance and co-ordination of The Mulloon Institute, 20 landholders are working collaboratively to repair and rehydrate the creeks, gullies and agricultural landscapes of the catchment. It has also presented an opportunity for those land managers to develop a baseline understanding of the catchment’s condition as a whole. The goal has been to reverse the ....

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"4 Corners" missed the point

Australia’s National Soil Advocate, Chair of Soils For Life and former Governor General Major General Michael Jeffery, says last night’s “4 Corners” program on climate change neglected an important element in the debate about solutions to Australia’s annual emissions of 550 million tonnes of CO2. General Jeffery said the focus on curbing emissions, and who should or should not pay, ignored the fact that Australia’s soils represented our largest carbon sink. “We have the capacity to substantially reduce our overall emissions by improving the soil health of 470 million hectares of our agricultural landscape”, General Jeffery said. “Australia’s former Chief Scientist, Professor Robin Batterham, ....

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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 ....