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Your Soil - Your Future

Group of farmersNorth Coast Local Land Services is pleased to announce Judi Earl and Lewis Kahn from Agricultural Information & Monitoring Services (AIMS) will be delivering a new and innovative project Understanding Our Soils to help landholders understand soils on their farms and provide options for improving soil health and productivity.

The project is for land managers in the northern part of the North Coast Local Land Services region, including the Richmond, Brunswick and Tweed, and will commence in February 2016. This opportunity is made possible through funding from the National Landcare Programme and is designed to achieve the best outcomes for a sustainable and profitable future on the land.

North Coast Local Land Services and AIMS are seeking expressions of interest from any landholders looking to improve their understanding of their soils.  Activities included in the project include focus group meetings, soil testing at discounted rates, soil test interpretation, fully subsidised workshops and field days.

Judi Earl said "A goal of AIMS is to help improve the profitability and sustainability of grazing enterprises by assisting in the design of better ways to manage grazing and pastures and healthy soils are the basis of agricultural production." 

Workshop topics will cover summary results of all soils sampled and cover elements of soil biology and physical characteristics and their effects on soil health and production.  Other areas addressed will be practices to maximise water holding capacity of your soil, improving soil health and the resilience of your land.   

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer for North Coast Local Land Services said, "Increasing your knowledge on soils and soil management will help deliver better outcomes relating to the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils on farm and increase productivity and profitability."

Interested farmers and landholders are encouraged to contact Judi Earl by email or by phone 0409 151 969.

Media contact:          

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer 6623 3927

 Photo captions:        

Farmer group discussing best options for management to improve soil health.