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Limited places left to learn about soil biology

The next round of Understanding Our Soils workshops are being delivered by North Coast Local Land Services across the region this week.  With funding provided by the National Landcare Programme, the sessions are being delivered by Dr Judi Earl of Agricultural Information & Monitoring Services (AIMS).   A small number of places are available at Thursday’s event in Casino and Saturday’s event at Murwillumbah.

Judi Earl said, “Landholder engagement in the project has been excellent and the use of local data in the workshop delivery will be relevant to all landholders of the region.”

Judi added, “A better understanding of available resources will improve effective management and soil health outcomes.”

The workshop will cover

  • Importance of soil moisture
  • Diversity of soil organisms – the soil food web
  • The role of biology in nutrient cycling
  • The rhizosphere – interactions between plant roots and soil organisms
  • Management practices to enhance soil biology

The workshop is fully subsidised and will be delivered from 9 am to 4 pm. The Casino workshop is on Thursday 4 May at the Casino RSM and Murwillumbah’s workshop will be held on Saturday 6 May at the Murwillumbah Catholic Hall.

The project is for land managers in the northern part of the North Coast LLS region including the Richmond, Brunswick and Tweed looking to improve their land health and productivity with a strategic approach to soil management.

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer for North Coast Local Land Services said, “The Understanding Our Soils project has been well received by land managers who have been actively engaged in the project for over 12 months.

“These one-day workshops are designed for anyone wanting to find out more about soils and their management and I encourage anyone interested in attending to register for a workshop and come along.”

This workshop is the second in a series, concluding in November 2017 with a workshop covering soil physical characteristics. Management practices to enhance all aspects of soil health, maximise water holding capacity and improve the resilience of your land will also be addressed.

Registration for the workshop is essential as spaces are limited.  Don’t miss the opportunity to come along to one of the workshops above to find out more about your soils.

Participation is open to all landholders in the northern area of the North Coast Local Land Services region.

To register and for more information about the workshop, venues or the project please contact Judi Earl by email at or call 0409 151 969 or Kel Langfield at North Coast Local Land Services by email to or by phone 6623 3927.

Media contact:

Kel Langfield, Land Services Officer 6623 3927

Photo caption:

Soil biology can have an impact on soil structure.