Managing Soils After Fires in Pasture Systems – Sheep Connect

Hear from Brian Hughes, Senior Consultant at Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, talk about the effects of fire on soils and farming systems and his experience of changes in the landscape and how they recover. Unsure about what might come back, Brian suggests pasture testing by wetting up a small region (up to 30cm in diameter) to see what might return.

The Glenelg Story in less than 1 minute

This is hard country – prone to desertification – but the Chambers family saw that it could be profitable with some major changes, including the introduction of Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris), an exclusion fence and a commitment to permanent pasture cover.

Watch this 1-minute summary of some of Jan and Graham Chambers’ regenerative practices and achievements.

More information about this regenerative agriculture story can be found in the full case study here.

Prime Minister announces funding for Soils For Life

The Prime Minister announced funding for Soils For Life and the establishment of a National Soils Advocate Office at the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit held in Dubbo on 18 July, 2019.

The Prime Minister Morrison acknowledged that, “Healthy soils with high carbon content are essential for any serious water resource management policy.”

The Illawong story in less than 1 minute

Bryan Ward’s property, Illawong, comprises 160 hectares and carries up to 140 beef cattle at any one time. Bryan’s achievements over 24 years of managing Illawong provide valuable lessons for producers seeking to maintain production while also regenerating and improving the condition of the land.

Watch this 1-minute summary of some of Bryan’s regenerative practices and achievements.

More information about this regenerative agriculture story can be found in the full case study here.


Alison Pouliot is a natural historian, environmental photographer, honorary fellow at the ANU and a font of all knowledge on the subject of fungi.

In this video, Alison talks about the role fungi play in healthy, productive soils. She shares her enthusiasm for working with farmers to build living soils that support the mutually beneficial relationship between fungi and plants.


Regenerative agriculture farmer, David Marsh, wanted “more life” coming onto his property. In this video David talks about how his regenerative management practices allow natural processes of self-organisation and diversification in the landscape to happen.


Not far from Albury, NSW, Bryan Ward has been quietly ignoring the drought and sustaining a highly profitable operation on less than 160 hectares.

In May 2019, Soils For Life held a special field day at Bryan’s farm, “Illawong”. His farm is also the subject of a, soon to be released, in-depth case study.

Professor Justin Borevitz

A cafe conversation with one of Australia’s foremost experts on genetics, plant biology and soils, Professor Justin Borevitz, tells us farmers have all the answers to climate change, for many reasons.

Nicole Masters – The Agroecologist

In the town of Bombala on the Monaro high plains pf New South Wales, renowned agroecologist, Nicole Masters, captivated a large audience with her graphic descriptions of how soils function, before a hands-on examination of the soils on two local properties.