Soils for Life extends WA footprint

National group Soils for Life wants to expand its WA footprint after meeting with farmers in Goomalling.

The not-for-profit organisation, which focuses on restoring the health of the agricultural landscape, has already funded two trial sites, one in Wyalkatchem and the other in the Gascoyne Catchment.

Chaired by former Governor-General Major General Michael Jeffery, the group wants to establish another 10 trial sites of leading regenerative agricultural practice in WA, costing around one million dollars.

General Jeffery said he wanted to connect with farmers who were already working to improve soil health.

“We’re keen to measure the economic, environmental, social and productivity performance of these properties as a national capital measurement and to encourage them to mentor other farmers,” Major General Jeffery said.

“By receiving accreditation through Soils for Life and access to our scientists, we hope they’ll receive a premium for their product and help improve returns.”

Major General Jeffery met with about 25 farmers at the Leeming family property, just south of Goomalling.

The workshop was organised by natural resource management group Wheatbelt NRM.

Wheatbelt NRM’s program manager for sustainable industries Felicity Gilbert said they would now meet with Soils for Life staff to begin the process for selection and implementation of new trial sites.