CRC for High Performance Soils

The Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) is bringing together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming soils.

Underperforming agricultural soils cost Australian farmers billions of dollars in lost revenue each year.

The CRC aims to enable farmers to increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils.

The Soil CRC is the biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history.

The approach to research is multi-disciplinary. The Cooperative Research Centre coordinates research across a range of disciplines including social science, economics, biology, chemistry, agronomy and soil science.

The Soil CRC has 39 participants that along with the Australian Government contribute $167 million to the CRC through both cash and in-kind contributions.

The Soil CRC has funding until 2027.

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Soil CRC Project: Smelling soil - Prof Caroline Mohammed

News and media from the Soil CRC

Soil CRC on NSW Country Hour: Is drought the right time to think about improving soil health?

Dr Michael Crawford, CEO of the Soil CRC talks about the challenges of improving soil health while facing a drought. ...

Soil CRC on The Country Hour: Translating soil science into usable practice for farmers

Soil CRC researcher Professor Melanie Bryant explains some of their research about how we can work with farmers so they're able to...

Soil CRC Patron reappointed as National Soils Advocate

Patron of the Soil CRC, Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery was reappointed as National Soils Advocate by Prime Minister,...

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4 State agencies
8 Universities
8 Industry partners
20 Farmer groups
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