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Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes in the Riverina

A Future Drought Fund Project

The Riverina Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes project aims to support producers in adopting drought resilient practices and enhance their landscape and soil monitoring capabilities.

The Riverina Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes project (the Riverina Project) is led by Riverina Local Land Services. It is supporting 15 producers to adopt one of three well-established management practices that enhance agricultural productivity and profitability during or after droughts while safeguarding natural resources. 

The producers are guided in their practice implementation with support from Riverina LLS, and will have opportunities to learn through field days and webinars provided by the project partners, and an online discussion group. 

By combining observations, simple field assessments, soil lab tests, and peer learning, the producers will enhance their ability to monitor changes resulting from their chosen management practice. 

Project partners

This project is led by Riverina Local Land Services, in conjunction with Sustainable Farms ANU, and Soils for Life. This project has received funding from the Future Drought Fund.

Project goals

The Riverina project aims to build farm and landscape resilience to drought, and to equip farmers with the knowledge and skills to monitor change over time. The producers will be supported to:

  • Implement practices to improve landscape-level drought resilience including enhanced farm dams, native shelterbelts, and stock management areas. 
  • Establish a long-term soil health monitoring site, and undertake regular in-field observations to monitor change. 
  • Strengthen knowledge-sharing networks for producers, to build confidence for ongoing practice change.
  • Support “scaling out” of effective practices shared through stories of change. 

Participating producers

Fifteen producers across the Riverina area are participating in the project. They are predominantly grazing enterprises, however the diversity of landscapes across the Riverina area means that these producers approach their enterprises differently.

This project is supported by Soils For Life, through funding from the Australian Government’s Future Drought Fund. 
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