Keeping soil alive

March 9, 2017

NSW farmer Matt McKinley thinks carefully before he answers a question. After he answers, he is apprehensive that he may have said the wrong thing. He says he doesn’t have all the answers, and that he is making plenty of mistakes along the way. And for all those reasons, the perfect place to share his...

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Wimmera grower shifts from no-till to zero-till

December 8, 2016

This article first appeared in From The Ground Up, Autumn 2016. Wimmera farmer Paul Oxbrow was president of VicNoTill from 2015 for three years, and his system has evolved significantly since this article was published. Paul is still a VicNoTill board member and has evolved his system by reintroducing stock, growing multi-species covers and companion...

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Finding the right balance

December 2, 2016

Finding the right balance was the focus of the Australian visit of international holistic farming expert Joshua Dukart from North Dakota, with more than 160 people attending his full day workshops as well as hearing him speak at Underground and during farm tours. Joshua is a certified educator of holistic management and an agricultural and...

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Regenerative Ag

October 5, 2016

We talk about sustainable agriculture and feeding the world, but a new way is entering our farm gates and it means a whole lot more than being sustainable. Regenerative Ag is happening in Australia, and around the world, where farmers are rethinking their systems in their quest to find the right balance. Hear from Australian...

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Farmers are a social bunch – how Twitter is changing their world

August 12, 2016

Twitter handle – @VicNotill When a group of like-minded farmers formed the Victorian No-Till Farmers Association in 2002 they were looking for a way to share information and provide support to others who wanted to grow better food and fibre through improving soil health. They hosted paddock walks, machinery demonstrations and an annual conference to...

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Australian farmers go underground to regenerate their farming systems

July 19, 2016

More than 500 cropping and livestock farmers from across Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales are rethinking their farming systems after the 14th annual Vic No-Till conference. The Underground conference in Bendigo, farm tours in western, northern and southern Victoria and workshops in Dunkeld and Horsham centred on regenerative concepts, where we...

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UNDERGROUND – Building Better Farming Systems

May 18, 2016

Underground – 14th Annual Conference Program Bendigo July 7th 2016 8.00 – 8.20am                    Registrations/Seating 8.20 – 8.30am                    Welcome: VNTFA President Paul Oxbrow (10mins) 8.30 – 9.30am                    Joshua Dukart, Bismarck, North Dakota – Managing Land, Wealth & People for Success? Are you farming the way you want to? A Whole Farm Decision making framework (60 mins)...

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Residue is the Salvation of the Soil

April 20, 2016

“This system is strongly carbon-positive. It is capable of reversing the carbon-stripping process because it mimics nature’s method of removing CO2 from the atmosphere and putting it back into the soil (called sequestration). No other method of drilling does this as effectively and certainly not conventional tillage or ploughing.” Malcolm Hopwood interview with Dr John...

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A ripper of a stripper – Victorian growers get excited

April 13, 2016

As part of a joint stubble retention project, Vic No-Till with the help of Hutcheon and Pearce, demonstrated a Shelbourne Reynolds combine harvester stripper front on no-till CTF farms across Victoria including the Mallee, Northern Victoria and the Western District. The front created great excitement and enthusiasm among growers who could see multiple benefits of...

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