Muresk Institute Regenerative Agriculture Workshop for Western Australian Colleges of Agriculture

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working to improve the shared understanding of regenerative agriculture through research and development, industry support, information, education and training.  

Regenerative landscape management is defined as: "The application of techniques which seek to restore landscape function and deliver outcomes that include sustainable production, an improved natural resource base, healthy nutrient cycling, increased biodiversity and resilience to change". 

Tuesday 24 August 2021

The Department partnered with the Muresk Institute and the Department of Training and Workforce Development to offer over 100 agricultural students from Cunderdin and Harvey Colleges a sustainable and regenerative farming systems workshop.  

Speakers included:

  • Hon. Darren Legh West MLC, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry.
  • Nick Kelly, Newdegate farmer: Sustainable and regenerative farming systems - Efficiencies in livestock production systems
  • Shayana Crouch, RegenWA: Building a farmer network to drive change in regenerative agriculture and the importance of hydration of soils and waterways in the landscape.
  • Grace Williams, Research Scientist, DPIRD Dryland Research Institute Merredin: New transformative farming systems research trials.
  • Kayla Evans, DPIRD PRIMED project: Careers in Primary Industries.
  • Steve Wainewright, Muresk Institute Farm Manager: Biological inputs vs. Synthetic; Veris3 Analysis – measuring soil organic carbon; Greening Australia/CSIRO Shade, shelter fodder system; Cover cropping – multi species fodder trial; Landscape rehydration.

The workshop also included a tour of Muresk Institute’s regenerative agriculture trial sites.