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Helping Australian farmers with innovative soil management solutions

2 August 2018

Australian farmers are getting the practical knowledge and tools they need to make decisions about complex soil management issues.

The Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Zed Seselja, today launched the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for High Performance Soils, which was awarded $39.5 million by the Coalition Government over 10 years in 2017 to address the critical barriers to high performance soils.

“The CRC will work on developing real solutions and focus on how these solutions can be adopted by the nation’s farming community,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

“Ultimately it will give farmers the practical knowledge and tools they need to optimise their productivity, yield, sustainability and profitability,” he said.

The CRC aims to deliver:

  • new mechanisms for financially rewarding management of high performance soils
  • new integrated soil management solutions that provide greater precision for farmers
  • new ways to measure the performance of soils
  • new advanced and innovative products to increase soil fertility and function

“Agriculture and its related food and fibre industries provide millions of jobs for Australians and millions of dollars in exports. If we don’t have healthy soils, we won’t have healthy and nutritious food here in Australia, or the capacity to export it overseas,” Assistant Minister Seselja said.

The CRC brings together 39 participants, including industry, farmers, researchers and government, in the largest collaborative soil research effort in Australia. The CRC has already completed eight scoping studies, and four more projects are underway and due for completion at the end of the year.

The Australian Government’s CRC Program aims to foster high quality research to solve a range of problems through collaborative research partnerships between industry and research organisations.

The CRC for High Performance Soils is located at the University of Newcastle. 

For more information visit www.soilcrc.com.au

Media contact: Assistant Minister Seselja's office 02 6277 3187