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CWFS ‘Cool Soil Initiative’ Meeting at The Fettell Centre

CWFS held its Cool Soil Initiative meeting on Thursday, 18 March at The Fettell Centre, Condobolin, with a number of local farmers and industry stakeholders. This Project was initially piloted by Mars Petcare and the US-based Sustainable Food Lab (SFL) in 2017 with two farming systems groups, CWFS in the central west and Riverine Plains...

CWFS Launches FRRR project ‘Tapping a Natural Resource – A Rural and Regional ‘Remote’ Workforce’

CWFS launched it project ‘Tapping a Natural Resource – A Rural and Regional ‘Remote’ Workforce presented by Jo Palmer on the 28 April at SRA Hall, Condobolin, with a large number of local women in attendance. This project is funded by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) under the Tackling Tough Times Together...

Soil CRC Hosts Inaugural Meeting of Parliamentary Friends of Soil

Linda Burney MP, Michael McCormack MP and Michael Crawford The Parliamentary Friends of Soil breakfast, held in Canberra on 3 December, brought together farmers, scientists, industry representatives, policy makers and politicians to celebrate World Soil Day and put a spotlight on the health and maintenance of Australia’s soils. CWFS CEO Diana Fear attended the breakfast...

CWFS Catch Up with NFF

Whilst in Canberra attending the Parliamentary Friends of Soil Breakfast at Old Parliament House on Thursday, 3 December 2020, I took the opportunity to catch up with Laureta Wallace, General Manager – Media and Communications at National Farmers Federation (NFF).  Laureta has been instrumental in rolling out the excellent NFF Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program...

CWFS Launches New FRRR Project with Jo Palmer

On Wednesday, 2 December CWFS launched its new FRRR funded project ‘Tapping a Natural Resource – A Rural and Regional ‘Remote’ Workforce’ at the Fettell Centre, Condobolin.  This project will provide a highly developed educational and networking program to upskill, activate and engage underemployed people to remotely work in Central West NSW increasing professional &...

Mentor partnership builds skills – NFF ‘Diversity in Leadership Mentoring Program’

A national mentoring program to increase the number of women in agricultural leadership positions pairs 12 aspiring women leaders with experienced mentors for six months to help them build their skills and confidence. Now in its third year, the Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Mentoring Program developed and delivered by the National Farmers Federation (NFF) is...

Mark Coulton MP, Visits The Fettell Centre

The Hon Mark Coulton MP, Member for Parkes, visited The Fettell Centre on Tuesday 30 June 2020. Mr Coulton first visited this site in 2017 to turn the first sod signifying the start of the building work. He was delighted to now see the completed facility and looks forward to keeping abreast of CWFS’ activities at this...

Regional Development Australia Central West visit to CWFS and The Fettell Centre

Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA CW) visited Condobolin on 13 August 2020 to hold its 51st Board meeting at the NSW DPI Ag Station. CWFS CEO, Diana Fear, is a member of the Board and believes that encouraging strong regional economies through business development, tourism and educational initiatives is vital to sustain communities in...

Cool Soil Initiative

Partnership expands to support farmer-led investigation of GHG emissions Project Duration: 2020-2021 Where it began In 2018 Riverine Plains and Central West Farming Systems partnered with Mars Petcare to develop an industry program, labelled the Australian Cool Farm Initiative, to quantify greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from wheat production, and to identify avenues to support farmers...

NLP2 Future Soils

New to CWFS is the National Landcare funded project looking at soil acidity and machine learning to manage soil acidity in NSW. Project Duration: 2019-2023 Background: Soil acidity and declining Soil Organic Carbon affects over half of agricultural soils in southern and central NSW and threatens the viability and resilience of farming systems. Current acid...
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