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A growing number of innovative farmers are embracing ‘regenerative agriculture’, successfully restoring their farm landscapes while increasing their businesses’ profitability and their own wellbeing.
What is regenerative agriculture? Put simply, it is a system of farming which actively regenerates, rather than degrades or maintains, the current natural resource base. It works with nature, rather than against it.
Improving soil health is a key priority. Strong, healthy soils (structural and biological) with deep carbon levels retain water, support strong, nutrient rich plants, and promote biodiversity in soil microbes and plants. They also sequester greater amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, which helps combat climate change.
Regenerative agriculture is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach to land management. Its techniques generally focus on integrated management of soil, water, vegetation and biodiversity. Read about techniques of interest to woolgrowers.
A report shows that regenerative grazing practices can be very profitable and improve farmer wellbeing, at the same time as increasing the health of Australia’s grassy woodlands.
Woolgrower and advocate for regenerative agriculture, Charles Massy, who is author of ‘Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture, a New Earth’, was interviewed for AWI’s The Yarn podcast. Read an abridged version of that interview here.
By introducing time-controlled rotational grazing of his livestock, Tim Wright has regenerated his landscape and business – increasing productivity while reducing inputs costs, despite the increasingly frequent and intense drought periods.
With so much of eastern Australia still in drought, how do woolgrowers Charlie and Anne Maslin from the Monaro of NSW still have full ground cover, flowing streams and no need to back up the feed truck?
The property of woolgrower and pasture cropping pioneer Colin Seis is coping with the drought better than a lot of other farms in the region, which he attributes to his perennial grassland and regenerative agricultural practices.