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Building Resilience: Sustainable and Regenerative Land Management

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Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative Agriculture is an umbrella term encompassing a set of practices and principles which aim to increase biodiversity, enrich soils, improve watersheds, and enhance ecosystem services. In turn, these practices can lead to improved soil health, water efficiency and crop resilience, improving nutrient density and overall productivity benefits.

Regenerative Agriculture on Your Farm

It’s likely that you are already undertaking some regenerative activities on your farm. Some of these activities could include planting shelter-belts of vegetation, changing grazing strategies, focusing on water efficiency and access, controlled-traffic farming, or improving soil health.

The following resources can help you consider options that might suit your farm business.

Getting Started
What is Regenerative Agriculture? – Discover Regenerative Discover Regenerative allows farmers using these practices to make ‘Agriculture Producer Profiles’ and showcase their produce to buyers, for further information follow this link.
Soils For Life Regenerative Agriculture Case Studies
Landcare Australia Case studies

Grains RDC

Society of Precision Agriculture Australia
Meat & Livestock Australia – Grazing strategies
Dairy Australia Soils & Water
ANU Sustainable Farms – establishing shelterbelts on farm
State Governments also produce information about managing climate change and being more resilient:
South Australia Department for Environment and Water – Sustainable soil and land.
NT Resource management for growers
Victoria Water and Irrigation Management
Queensland Managing climate change risks to water
Western Australia Managing soils
Western Australia Irrigation design for agriculture Soil Science Australia
Western Australia Smart Farms Smart Soils
Training Courses – For those interested and seeking further training the below resources provide enhances ability

Grazing for Profit

Holistic Management

The RegenNarration
Regenerative Agriculture Podcast
Biological Farming Roundtable Podcast – Ag Library – Farm Table
The Regenerative Journey with Charlie Arnott (
Podcast – Farming for the Future
Lachlan Hughes Foundation
Reading List: For those interested we have curated a reading list.
Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture a New Earth – Charles Massey
Cows Save the Planet – Judith D. Schwartz
Water in Plain Sight — Judith D. Schwartz
DIRT to Soil – Gabe Brown
SOIL – Matthew Evans
Dirt – Re Erosion of civilisation – David Montgomery
Growing the revolution – David Montgomery

Areas to watch

Research and development into regenerative agriculture is constantly updated with new opportunities emerging. The following list includes promising opportunities to watch out for in future:

  • Grains RDC is undertaking trials to better understand soil and how to manage acidification and liming by undertaking strategic tillage.
Meat and Livestock Australia work on feed additives to control enteric methane, including the Nexus project, which explored options for livestock businesses to adapt to the changing climate and reduce greenhouse gas emissions using four case studies in central Queensland, northern New South Wales (NSW), northern Victoria and East Gippsland. The final report can be found here.
P.PSH.1248 – Nexus project – exploring profitable, sustainable livestock businesses in an increasingly variable climate
P.PSH.1236 – Final Report: NEXUS Project: Exploring profitable, sustainable livestock businesses in an increasingly variable climate | Meat & Livestock Australia (
B.FLT.5015 – Reducing emissions of backgrounded cattle – combining Bovaer®10 with supplementation to reduce methane and increase productivity
Research on adding biochar to soils suggests that it may be a sustainable and circular addition to farming practices, with resources including:
Farmer’s Guide | ANZBIG
Biochar for Agronomic Improvement
Carbon farming
Impacts of biochar supplementation on productivity, profitability and GHG emissions

Do you know of a useful resource?

This toolkit isn’t exhaustive and FCA will be adding more resources over time – if you know of another great resource that should be added please send in your suggestions to [email protected] with subject “CSFT Suggestion”.

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