Projects

The Art of a Naturally Connected Community

The Art of a Naturally Connected Community will see Far East Victoria Landcare (FEVL) and Southern Farming Systems (SFS) working together with the Gippsland rural community to build partnerships, share passions and enhance social connectedness through a visual arts project. This project aims to create a light-hearted “no skills required”...
  • Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Australian Government’s One Good Community Wellbeing Grants Program
  • Natalie Jenkins
  • East Gippsland
  • Current

We Survived 2020!

The project aims to engage with farmers and rural service providers, within the Gippsland Region from the Victorian/NSW border in the east to Traralgon in the west. This project will be partnering with multiple rural health organisations and rural service providers and will be running an afternoon paddock walk field...
  • Gippsland Primary Health Network and the Australian Government’s One Good Community Wellbeing Grants Program
  • Natalie Jenkins
  • East Gippsland
  • Current
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BUILDING THE RESILIENCE AND PROFITABILITY OF CROPPING AND GRAZING FARMERS IN THE HIGH RAINFALL ZONE OF SOUTHERN AUSTRALIA.

A consortium of Farming Groups, Landcare, industry bodies, private enterprise, Government agencies and a University from across three States to address soil acidification and build more resilient farm businesses.
  • Australian Government's NLP2 & GRDC
  • Bret Ryan, Lisa Miller
  • Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia (inc. Kangaroo Island)
  • Current
VAS news pic

VISUALISING AUSTRALASIA’S SOILS

The Visualising Australasia’s Soils interoperable spatial knowledge system provides the Soil CRC participants, and the broader agricultural industry in general, access to data, information, and knowledge on Australasian soils.
  • Federation University & CRC for High Performance Soils
  • Lisa Miller
  • Current
Top Soils Omission trial plots

TOP SOILS PROJECT

The objective of TopSoils is to improve the productive potential of agricultural land and protect the condition of our soil resource, principally by improving soil health and the persistence and quality of ground cover; ultimately improving the Soil Carbon resource. TopSoils is a multi-partner East Gippsland region project that targets...
  • East Gippsland CMA, East Gippsland Landcare Network & Australian Government's NLP2
  • Gippsland
  • Current
dung beetles Hunting for Dung Beetles in Swifts Creek 3.12.2019 (1)

DUNG BEETLE PROJECT

To understand which dung beetle species are common or rarely encountered in different regions of Australia by monitoring 120 sites across Australia,  Meat & Livestock Australia is supporting a new project to enhance dung beetle benefits to farmers through funding from the Australian Government’s Rural Research & Development for Profit...
  • Charles Sturt University & MLA
  • Natalie Jenkins, Naomi Hender, Grace Evans
  • South West Victoria, Gippsland & Tasmania
  • Current
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CORANGAMITE CMA REGIONAL LAND PARTNERSHIPS

This Corangamite CMA RLP project is supported through the Australian Governments National Landcare Program phase two. SFS will work with farmers, community groups and agriculture industry groups to enhance soil health on farms. This project will focus on supporting farmers to make informed decisions to enhance soil condition under changing...
  • Corangamite CMA & Australian Governments NLP2
  • Lisa Miller
  • Corangamite NRM region
  • Current
Cover Crop walk

MIXED COVER CROPS FOR SUSTAINABLE FARMING

A project is currently underway, focusing on ‘Mixed Cover Crops for Sustainable Farming’, with funding through the National Landcare Program Phase 2 (NLP2). Ag Excellence Alliance is leading the work and Southern Farming Systems have been subcontracted to undertake the work in south-west Victoria, Gippsland and Tasmania.
  • Australian Governments NLP2 & GRDC
  • Ashley Amourgis, Brett Davey, Natalie Jenkins
  • South West Victoria, Gippsland & Tasmania
  • Current
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HEALTHY SOILS

Healthy soils are the foundation of a productive and profitable grazing system. The “Healthy Soils” project helps producers develop skills in diagnosis of soil constraints and selection of appropriate management options to build the soil condition they want.
  • MLA
  • Lisa Miller, Jess Brogden
  • Southern Feed Base
  • Current
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INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO MANAGING SUBSOIL ACIDITY IN THE SOUTHERN GRAIN REGION

The project is led by NSW Department of Primary Industries supported by funding from Grains Research and Development Corporation. SFS is one of four producer groups responsible for establishment and maintenance of large scale trials. Project funding 2015 to 2019 (site maintenance continues for 2020 & 2021)
  • GRDC & NSW DPI
  • Lisa Miller, Tahlia Ferguson
  • Rokewood & Stawell
  • Current
Faba Bean Nodulation

NITROGEN FIXATION

Pulses are estimated to fix about 120kg N/ha, or more than 220,000 tonnes N across Australia, worth about $220 million each year. However, not all pulses are well nodulated and fix N to their potential, especially on acidic soils. It was recently estimated (by the GRDC) that N fixation could...
  • GRDC & MSF
  • James Manson, Greta Duff, Grace Evans
  • South West Victoria
  • Current

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