Archive: December 2023

Professor Ravi Naidu wins Glinka World Soil Prize 2023

Congratulations to Soil CRC researcher Laureate Professor Ravi Naidu (University of Newcastle and crcCARE) who was announced as the winner of the Glinka World Soil Prize 2023 at the FAO World Soil Day Event held in Rome on 5 December. The prize honours distinguished individuals or organisations th...

Decarbonising agriculture in India

Soil CRC CEO Dr Michael Crawford was a Guest of Honour and International Speaker at an International Conference on Decarbonizing Agriculture in Mangalore, India, last month, where he shared Australia’s experiences with soil carbon sequestration. “The conference was a wonderful opportunity to hea...

National Soil Action Plan launched

The Soil CRC is excited to be contributing to the implementation of the inaugural National Soil Action Plan, which was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon Murray Watt, in Canberra on 28 November. This action plan helps to put the detail into the Nation...

Canberra celebrates World Soil Day

The Soil CRC was honoured to be a Lead Supporter of the Parliamentary Friends of Soil (PFOS) World Soil Day event at Canberra’s Parliament House last month. The event sought to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for its sustainable management. Minister for Agricultur...

Our new Strategic Plan: 2023-2027

The Soil CRC Strategic Plan 2023-2027 was released at our Annual General Meeting in late November and will take us through the end of our 10-year term in June 2027. We’re increasing our focus on integration, adoption and outreach, ensuring that the knowledge outputs of the Soil CRC are effectively...

Life-long learner Linda Wirf explores gender in ag

Soil CRC PhD student Linda Wirf’s passion for social justice and a desire for life-long learning has guided her on an inspiring journey of discovery. Linda’s somewhat nomadic childhood exposed her to diverse cultures and landscapes from an early age. Her family picked up stumps every seven years...

Collaboration delivers new sandy soils map

If you read our ‘Enabling soil data’ story last month, you’ll know about Dr Nathan Robinson’s Soil CRC project that is helping to uncover available soil data and improve data management. Dr Robinson and the project team from Federation University, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Manaak...

Parliamentary Friends of Soil celebrate World Soil Day

The Parliamentary Friends of Soil group celebrated the United Nations’ World Soil Day at a networking event held at Parliament House on Tuesday 28 November. Hosted by Soil Science Australia with support from the Soil CRC and Soils For Life, along with fifteen other organisations, the event was a m...

Green light for longitudinal landholder study

The next phase of the Soil CRC’s national social benchmarking study kicks off this month as we seek to understand how farming and soil management practices change over time. North Central Victorian landholders will be the first to complete our follow-up surveys in early 2024, with two more regions...

Henry’s hydrochar research highlights

Hailing from Uganda, Henry Luutu first visited Australia in 2014 after finishing his undergraduate degree. It was this visit, and a passion for sustainable agriculture, that inspired his return in 2019 to pursue postgraduate studies at Southern Cross University. “During this trip I had an opportun...

Enabling soil data

Good decision making is inextricably linked to good data, so it’s important that we reliably capture, store, analyse, and manage the wealth of data being generated by Soil CRC’s research projects. Dr Nathan Robinson from Federation University Australia is leading our ‘Improving soil data manag...

New soil management resources build technical capacity

As farmers better understand the importance of sustainable soil management for their productivity and profitability, they need advice, technical assistance and expertise from their local grower groups. The Soil CRC’s ‘Building technical capacity’ project set out to increase the soil technical ...