This project aimed to increase awareness and the adoption of land management practices to improve and protect the condition of soil, biodiversity, and vegetation on properties within the Mackay Whitsunday Isaac regions.
This project has taken an holistic approach to farm management, primarily to improve soil carbon to benefit farm productivity and to provide ecological services. Improved soil carbon is an outcome of sound regenerative land management practices.
Leading agricultural change practitioners have lead participants through the holistic management course. Participants received ongoing access to seminars and field demonstrations. Funding was available to approved participants to implement and test activities to address soil carbon as well as secondary priorities.
The project supported farming enterprises with natural systems and provided land managers and food producers with the essential knowledge and tools to make informed decisions on all aspects of agriculture to support environmental, economic, and social outcomes.
It was expected the project will build upon successful past trials including the NLP demonstration trial in grazing including the application of agricultural lime to improve soil properties, specifically pH. It also addressed hillslope erosion risk through land type fencing and water points, pasture monitoring, stocking rates and rotational grazing. The project included demonstration trials in sugarcane involving agricultural lime application to stimulate nitrogen mineralisation, improving soil pH, microbial activity, and availability of nitrogen. It implemented the practice of cover crops in plant cane to reduce erosion risk and to improve plant cane establishment.
This project ran from 2019 to 2023.