Sus Ag Team Talks Soil Health

This month our Sustainable Agriculture Program Co-ordinator Callum and Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator, Belle, headed to York for the 2022 Talkin’ Soil Health Conference.

The conference gathered around 180 like-minded land managers and industry professionals to hear all about the latest and greatest when it comes to practices and research that improve soil health.

One of our favourite parts of the Talkin’ Soil Health Conference is the announcement of the regional soil health champions. To celebrate the achievements of Western Australian farmers, the biennial event presents an award to a recognised soil health champion from each Natural Resource Management Region in WA. 

Introducing our NACC NRM Regional Soil Health Champions for 2022.

Anthony & Geraldine Thomas

Anthony and Geraldine Thomas from Hill Padua Farm in Three Springs have spent the last sixty years improving their farming practice and ensuring a healthy environment for their production system.

The Thomas’ have dedicated their lives to improving the health of their property and, in turn, the health and profitability of their sheep herd. While much of the district have spent years clearing up, removing fence lines, and extending the land for the movement of bigger and better machinery, Anthony and Geraldine have consistently looked after their land; re-planting natives, putting up fences for smaller grazing projects, reducing their synthetic chemical and fertilizer use and maintaining ground cover, all in the aim to create and maintain healthy soils for healthy feed to grow healthy sheep.

You can watch Anthony and Geraldine’s video here.

The Soil Health Champion Awards are supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program.

Our friends at Wheatbelt NRM have collated all the champs, and you can see links to all the 2022 Regional Soil Health Champions here:

Annabelle Garratt – Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator

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