National Objective Declared on Soil and Landscape at Bush Summit
FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR THE SOILS FOR LIFE PROGRAM
The Prime Minister announces funding for Soils for Life at the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit held in Dubbo.
The Prime Minister endorsed the critical need to restore and maintain the health of the Australian agricultural landscape to guarantee a food secure nation and sustainable farming communities as a national objective when he addressed the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit held in Dubbo on Thursday 18 July.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that, “Healthy soils with high carbon content are essential for any serious water resource management policy.”
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister for Agriculture and the Leader of the Opposition also joined a cross-section of farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs, community and representatives of all three levels of government in Dubbo for the forum.
In a major address the Prime Minister focussed on the important role of the Soils for Life program and will provide $2M over 4 years to support its work of encouraging the adoption of regenerative landscape management.
The Coalition government recognizes that any serious water resource management policy must include action to promote healthy soils with high carbon content. The Prime Minister observed that, “Land is becoming increasingly marginal therefore we have to do more with less.”
With secure tenure, Soils for Life is positioned to continue with its production of case studies into regenerative agriculture practice across Australia. The program plans to further collaborate with universities and research organisations. “Funding announced in Dubbo strengthens the program’s capacity to approach financial institutions and foundations with interests in sustainability and environmental stewardship” responded the Soils for Life program founder, and national Advocate for Soil Health, Michael Jeffery. A clear mission is now supported by Government as the Prime Minister spoke to the crowd, “To adopt as a national objective to restore and maintain the health of the Australian agricultural landscape to guarantee a food secure nation and sustainable farming communities.”