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Digging Deeper Soil Health Extension Program is now calling for expressions of interest!

The Digging Deeper soil extension program in the Wet Tropics of north-eastern Australia has empowered farmers to make better management decisions in their agricultural enterprise. It brings together the physical, chemical and biological aspects of soil science in a series of practical on-farm workshops that investigate each farmer's soil "issue". These new skills provide an excellent basis to make sound, targeted soil and crop management decisions that help long-term viability and profitability.

 Expressions of  Interest have now closed. Further information (in pdf) and (in word) on the Digging Deeper program is available here.  

For information and support, contact Fiona on 0488 702 203. Below is a quick grab of some of the images depicting the first Digging Deeper program.

The Regional Landcare Facilitator

Terrain hosts the Regional Landcare Facilitator (RLF) role funded by the Australian Government as a key service to link farmers and community groups across the region through facilitating opportunities and developing partnerships that help them:

  • understand and get involved in natural resource management issues
  • develop skills to maintain viable farming systems and communities in the face of future challenges
  • implement changes on their land that improve the environment and ecosystem services both on and off farm

In the last six months (to December 2014), the RLF has:

  • Engaged 268 people (including 17 Traditional Owners, 78 participating for the first time, and 24 farming entities engaged in activities for the first time) in workshops, training activities and seminars that focused on soil health, environmental monitoring and innovative agricultural practice. 
  • Supported five individuals from community NRM and Traditional Owner groups to attend the National Landcare Conference (Melbourne)
  • Worked with regional, cross-regional and national partners to share information on soil health (Soil Health Symposium, Mackay), minimising post-harvest losss (APEC, Brisbane), role of women in agriculture (Resourcing Women of the North, NGRMG, Mareeba) and raising awareness of water quality monitoring at the Future Leaders Eco Challenge (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority).
  • Reached around 390 people with regular stories in Terrain's e-newsletter and three YouTube soil health videos (see below)

1. It's all about soil

2. Soil Biology on the Farm

3. Challenges and Change