Program Manager – Sustainable Industries
Phone: (08) 9670 3112
The project outcomes included the production of a DVD to highlight the efforts of "Champion Famers", a "Soil Health - How To Guide”, and the "Talkin' Soil Heath Conference" held in York in March 2013, to facilitate the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices in the WA Wheatbelt.
The conference brought together all stakeholders involved in Wheatbelt NRM's Soil Conservation Incentive Program to celebrate the achievements of the farmers involved and inspire others to follow their example. The DVD, guide and conference will be based on real world examples to facilitate increased adoption of practices to improve soil health. The project added value to the Soil Conservation Incentive Program (SCIP), which was instrumental in generating behavioural change towards sustainable agriculture in the WA Wheatbelt.
The project developed an interactive smart phone application, the “Seedling Selector” which is available on android and iPhone platforms. This app assists the user to select the right species for the task, whether that is forage, timber, carbon sequestration or other agroforestry products like brushwood and sandalwood.
Workshops and training opportunities were also held for the community to engage them in the biodiversity conservation aspect of strategic agroforestry plantings. (insert pic of nest box workshop)
Agroforestry management plans were also developed to support farmers' ability to conduct revegetation and conservation activities on their farms. The plans and resources provided opportunities for farmers to include revegetation on-farm that will not only provide productivity improvements, but will consider the need to connect biodiversity assets, provide for stepping stones and provide habitat for priority species.
The Talkin' Soil Health Conference was held in York, WA, and was attended by over 200 people from throughout the Southern Wheatbelt.