Smart soils and soil extension

Soil Science Australia is rolling out activities to support soil extension across Australia as part of our soil extension activities (Smart Soils for Farming) project.

The project is a partnership with the Australian Governments National Landcare Program of Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Smart Farms Small Grants program).

The project supports strengthening soil knowledge and capability, one of the main goals of the National Soil Strategy.

Soil Science Australia is helping Australian farmers to build a soil community and increase its capacity through supporting other Smart Farms Small Grants grantees to access the information and knowledge they need to improve their soil health through:

Smart Soils Community of Practice

The Community of Practice (CoP) creates opportunities for participants to network, share knowledge, build skills and create a bridge between soil science and practical on-the-ground application of soil sampling, soil data collection and interpretation and soil management to improve soil health. The CoP:

       improves understanding of soils and soil management through sharing of knowledge

       empowers advisors and extension officers to better assist landholders in the management of their soil

       supports better access to the latest information and management practices

       provides information about landholders’ soil management needs.

Improving Australia’s soil health by applying innovative soil science to support the Australian agricultural industries.

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