DESTINATION SOIL HEALTH: EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE OPEN FOR TASMANIAN TOUR

9 DECEMBER 2021

* APOLOGIES: THIS TRIP HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO COVID  

Far North Queensland farmers with a track record in soil health improvement are being encouraged to apply to attend a Soil Health Innovation Tour to Tasmania next year.

Nominated as the next innovation destination by participants at the previous event, the Tasmanian edition will tour major agricultural regions near Burnie and Launceston and visit a diverse range of farm industry.

This is the third tour run since 2018, and is being presented by natural resource management organisation Terrain NRM in partnership with Wet Tropics Soilcare and Lower Wet Tropics Soilcare.

Regional Agriculture Landcare Facilitator for the Wet Tropics Evizel Seymour said it is a great opportunity for farmers to broaden their knowledge about soil health innovation across a range of farming types in another region.

“We know from running innovation tours previously that they’re a powerful learning opportunity with long-lasting benefits, so we’re excited to be able to offer it again for more local farmers who are adopting sustainable farming practices.”

She said the schedule is still being finalised but is expecting it to include mixed regenerative farming, regenerative dairy, native berry, native game, and organic horticulture site visits.

The 5-day tour is supported by Terrain NRM, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

To be eligible, applicants must operate a farm business, be actively working to improve soil health on their farm and be able to show a track record of involvement with either of the hosting soil care groups, or Terrain NRM.

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“These eligibility requirements are in place because we want farmers to get the most out of the tour, and that requires a baseline understanding about soil health.”

“For farmers who are new to soil health, we recommend applying for the next round of Digging Deeper, a hands-on introductory program to improve soil condition and long-term farm viability.”

The contributing organisations will cover the cost of bus travel, guiding, twin-share accommodation and breakfast. Participants will arrange and pay for own flights or other travel to and from Launceston, and lunches and dinners each day.

Expressions of Interest close at 5pm on Friday 14 January 2022. For more information, phone Evizel Seymour on 0429 091 440.

Read about the 2020 Innovation Tour here.

Download the Expression of Interest Form here.

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