The National Soil Skills Competition has been developed by Soil Land Food, an agricultural consultancy that specialises in soils, soil extension and agroecology, in partnership with Local Land Services South East (NSW Government) and the Regional Landcare Facilitator for the Wet Tropics in Qld. The Competition Pack has been written by Soil Land Food with seed funding from Alice McGrath at Local Land Services South East. It is based a number of successful soils skills events run over the last few years helping farmers in NSW and Queensland build confidence and practical skills in managing their soil; for a better future for all of us.
Soil Land Food
is the initiator and owner of the National Soils Skills Competition and retains to the right to approve, reject or withdraw permission for Applicants to run the Competition as RHOs. As an ecological agricultural business, specialising in soils, sustainable agriculture, rural change projects and rural capacity building & training, Soil Land Food is the initiator of the NSSC concept and makes the competition materials available to the community under Creative Commons licensing, Attribution Share alike International 4.0.
South East Local Land Services
(South East LLS) is a NSW Government agency that provides agricultural production advice, biosecurity, natural resource management and emergency management services. South East LLS has provided the seed funding to develop NSSC Competition Pack to assist in building soil skills amongst the landholders of the region.
Regional Landcare Facilitator – Wet Tropics
Fiona George is the current RLF for the Wet Tropics region of Australia centred around Cairns.Regional Landcare Facilitators (RLFs) work to support Landcare and production groups to adopt sustainable farm and land management practices and to protect Australia’s landscape. Under Caring for our Country the Australian Government funds one full-time equivalent Regional Landcare Facilitator position in each of the 56 natural resource management regions. Fiona works with cane, dairy, beef, banana and horticulture growers across the region in building up their soil skills through a number of projects.