Nick Dudley from DEDJTR explains the problems of soil erosion on South Gippsland hills to National Soils Advocate Major-General Jeffery (second from left) and Hill Farms workshop attendees.

MAJOR General the Honourable Michael Jeffery, Australia’s National Advocate for Soil Health and former Governor-General of Australia, visited South Gippsland on Sunday, March 5 to launch the Sustainable Farm Workshops for Landcare.
Major-General Jeffery was appointed in 2012 by the Prime Minister to lead an initiative to promote Soil Health for Australians.
As all farmers know, soil health is the essential factor that drives farm productivity, stock well-being, and nutritious food.
He has travelled widely across Australia, meeting with farmers, and identifying a series of exceptional farms that can be used as case studies.
He is a passionate speaker on the importance of soil health, demonstrating how soil health directly benefits Australians both financially and in terms of health and social wellbeing.
During his keynote speech at the launch, Major-General Jeffrey said; “Looking after our soil, water and vegetation is a strategic imperative for Australia and the planet’s future wellbeing.
“We must attach the highest national priority to regenerating our landscapes to ensure resilient, sustainable and profitable agricultural enterprises.”
The event was the first of a series of unique one day workshops for new and experienced farmers organised by the Mardan and Mirboo-North Landcare Group.
The topics covered are ‘Hill Farms’, ‘Small Commercial Farms’, and ‘Lifestyle Farms’, and the workshops are held on properties in the Mardan-Mirboo area.