Natural Capital Accounting project with West Australian farmers
Natural Capital Accounting project with West Australian farmers
RegenWA is partnering with Perth NRM undertaking a new project that will assist farmers in determining the economic value of their greatest asset – their land.
Our farming enterprises are underpinned by ‘natural capital’ which helps to generate ecosystem services for food production. The land management practices of farmers is directly associated with the inherent value and productive capacity (natural capital) of farmland.
We are working with 20 properties across WA to help develop the tools, techniques and measures to create a Natural Capital Accounting framework* that will help guide policy and resources for the agricultural sector.
What is involved in the Natural Capital Accounting project?
We are undertaking on-farm assessments of the ecological assets of each property as well as the collection of farm production data (of up to 5 years). These assessments will focus on aspects of:
- remnant native vegetation, significant flora and fauna, ecological communities and critical habitat
- ground cover and general biodiversity
- soil sampling and lab analysis
- farm produce nutrient testing, inc. chemical analysis
Participants will receive:
- The results of the ecological assessments from their properties.
- Combined with production and financial data, each participant will receive a customised Natural Capital Accounting report, putting the land and management practices back on the balance sheet.
Click here for an update on the project.
For further information on the NCA project please contact:
David Broadhurst, Senior Manager – Sustainable Agriculture, Perth NRM at [email protected]
*NCA is aligned to the United Nations System of Environmental-Economic accounting used by governments for economic analysis and policy design.
Tierra Australia Landscape Rehydration & Regenerative Agriculture - whole farm demonstrations
Whole farm demonstration on the Wood family farm at Toodyay.
For the past two years, the Wood family have applied techniques which work to rehydrate the landscape on 377ha of their farm with consultation from Tim Wiley from Tierra Australia and through adopting Regenerative Agriculture and Carbon Farming principles.
Jack has constructed leaky weirs and banks within contours, creaks and a pre-existing drainage line. In conjunction with the construction of these Jack planted native shrubs (e.g. salt bush) along with some ‘self-sown’ native plants emerging from the seed bank. Jack also reduced grazing around these constructions, in order to protect this soil from hoof erosion and allowing the vegetation to establish.
For the full report on the whole farm demonstration on the Wood Family farm at Toodyay, click here.
‘Yanget farm’ rehydration project by Rod O’Bree and Peter Andrews
In early 2008 Rod and Bridie O’Bree purchased ‘Yanget Farm’ which is 25 km east of Geraldton. Soon after Rod engaged Peter Andrews to advise him on implementing Peter’s Natural Sequence Farming (NSF) methods on Yanget. Most of the earth works for NSF were completed by the end of 2009.
Rod has also planted some perennial grass pastures on the slopes and flats. Some trees have been planted higher in the landscape, but most of the new vegetations is from natural regeneration. DAFWA established perennial pasture trials in Yanget in 2009. Rod also uses mechanical mulching to slash weeds and dumps manures at flood out points on the contour banks so that water spreads nutrients down the landscape.
Yanget is the longest running example of NSF principles in WA. This makes it an ideal study and demonstration site. Rod has followed up on the earth works by introducing a wide range of perennial plants to enhance the NSF system. Rod has also used Peter Andrew’s methods of mulching of weeds and placing heaps of manure at spill points along the contours.
For the full report on the whole farm demonstration on Rod O’Bree’s property in Chapman Valley, click here.
Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee ‘Regenerative Agriculture in Practice 2023’
The Lower Blackwood Land Conservation District Committee ‘Regenerative Agriculture in Practice Project 2023’ has been designed to build on the knowledge gained from other current and previous regenerative agriculture in practice projects. The continuation of the project into 2023 gives alumni and returning participants the chance to continue to gain knowledge and further develop their skills whilst simultaneously giving new participants and landholders the opportunity to learn and adopt regenerative agriculture techniques.
The project consists of a range of activities including workshops, field walks and webinars, peer group coaching sessions and one on one consultations. These activities are aimed at giving participants a range of opportunities to learn and share knowledge, skills, and experience and to build confidence in landholders to implement new practices.
These activities are aimed at several main components of the project which include understanding soil health, grazing management, and whole farm planning. A significant aspect of the project includes the sharing of information between participants with opportunities for project showcases and an online community membership.
In 2023, the project has been opened to the wider Augusta-Margaret River community through partnership with the Lower Southwest Growers group.
To read more on the Lower Blackwood LCDC Regenerative ag in practice project check out their website: https://lowerblackwood.com.au/projects/regenerative-agriculture-in-practice-rapp-2023/
UWA Farm Ridgefield Best Practice Farming Systems Project
The UWA Farm Ridgefield Best Practice Farming Systems Project – previously known as the UWA Future Farm 2050 project aims to incorporate research and innovation to find best practice solutions to build resilient farming systems, environmental stewardships, and community engagement. Five strategic priorities guide the Best Practice Farming systems project. These include mitigation of on-farm greenhouse gas emissions, adaptations for the changing climate, profitable, ethical production systems, restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity and education, community engagement and capacity building.
Gillamii Centre - Productive Saltland Pastures for Southern WA 2023
The Gillamii Agriculture Centre is a group that aims to lead and inspire the agricultural community to get involved with sustainable land use through training, education and knowledge. They operate in the Kent-Franklin subregion of the South Coast Natural Resource Management (NRM) region.
The ‘Productive Saltland pastures for Southern WA’ project is funded by Meat and Livestock Australia and is designed to be a continuation of Gillamii’s commitment to the remediation of salt-affected land into productive pasture systems for livestock grazing. The project aims to improve the knowledge and skills of members regarding skills in the establishment, management and benefits (profitability, productivity and sustainability) of salt -tolerant forage systems on land which is moderately salt-affected.
Read more about this project or the Gillamii Centre here: https://www.gillamii.org.au/all-projects-blog/saltland-producer-demonstration-site
The Mulloon Institute
National Rehydration Initiative
The Mulloon Institute’s National Rehydration Initiative is an education program aimed at helping Australian farmers use landscape rehydration practices to improve their land’s resilience to climate change and provides them with the support they need to be able to rehydrate and regenerate their broader catchments. The initiative aims to reduce the impact of climate change, enhance food and water security, increase environmental biodiversity, improve water quality and availability, to provide people with healthier and nutrient dense food. Further aims are to improve resilience to natural disasters, improve farm productivity and profitability and to help have viable rural and regional communities.
Up-skilling farming communities with landscape rehydration infrastructure and farm system solutions for drought resilience
This project extends across five Australian states and works with land managers and Natural Resource Management professionals and aims to increase the adoption of landscape rehydration practices. These practices improve drought resilience and better utilize rainfall to rehydrate landscapes to re-establish landscape function. Adoption of these practices will be facilitated through upskilling farming communities and providing mentorship and peer support groups.
DPIRD – Aboriginal Economic Development - Native Seed and Nursery Development Program
Grants have been awarded to eight Aboriginal businesses located in the Great Southern region, Esperance, Northam, Mandurah and Katanning for businesses involved in native seed collection and native plant nurseries. This will lead to increased capacity building to meet demand for native seed and seedling supply across agricultural regions to meet demand in the growing land restoration and regenerative agriculture sector. These native seed and nursery grants are a part of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Building Better Aboriginal Businesses program.
Soils for Life
Resilient Agricultural Landscapes Case Studies Program
Soils for Life has a long-running and extensive program building case studies on regenerative farming practices across Australia. The program provides evidence-based accounts of farmer stories of the transition to regenerating their soils and landscapes through utilization of innovative regenerative agricultural practices. These case studies have formed the basis for the inspiration of new ideas and approaches in agriculture with the studies being used by farmers, researchers and policy makers across Australia.
Read more about the project or check out their individual case studies here: Regenerative Agriculture Case Studies – Soils For Life
Cropping resilience 2025 – Delivering lasting larger-scale practice change by building capacity and infrastructure for adoption of soil health drought resilience practices amongst Australian croppers
This upcoming project by Soils for Life is intended to support capacity and infrastructure building for larger-scale practice change and adoption of practices in drought resilience and improving soil health in Western Australian cropping systems. Farmers in cropping regions of Western Australia will be engaged with by NRM and farmer-led organisations to facilitate the project. Peer-to-peer learning, awareness raising and strengthening networks with farmers involved in the project.
Peel - Harvey Catchment Council
Greening the Peel-Harvey Landscape for Farming, Fodder and Fauna
The Peel-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) has received funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program to establish the ‘Greening the Peel-Harvey Landscape for Farming, Fodder and Fauna Project’. The project aims to create increased awareness and adoption of land management practices that improve and protect soil, biodiversity and vegetation by 2023. Farmers will be supported through technical advice, field days, on-farm surveys and on-ground works support (including pest and weed control, revegetation, vegetation disease management etc.). PHCC will also conduct farm management surveys, monitoring regimes and project planning and delivery documents to aid in the success of the project.
Read more on the Greening Farms program here: https://peel-harvey.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Greening-Farms_2022.pdf
Saltbush establishment on marginal land within the Hotham Williams catchment
The Saltbush establishment on marginal land within the Hotham Williams catchment project is a part of the Peel-Harvey catchment Council Greening Farms project. This project considers the viability of a range of saltbush varieties as an economic and sustainable forage crop option in the Hotham-Williams catchment. Benefits of utilizing saltbush species as a fodder option include increased forage throughout seasons, decreased supplementary feeding costs, a food source option during autumn-winter feed gaps and reduced wind and soil erosion.
Read more on this project here: https://peel-harvey.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/Case-Study-41.pdf
For more information, click on the link: https://peel-harvey.org.au
Farmers for Climate Action - A National Plan for Climate Change and Agriculture
Farmers for climate action is an organization of farmers, agricultural leaders and rural Australians who specialize in advocating for economy-wide climate action in the agricultural industry meaning they are well-placed to capture the needs of Australians in agriculture to influence national climate change policy.
Farmers across the country were surveyed by Farmers for Climate Action to gain a better understanding of the challenges farmers face and the opportunities they identify from taking action on climate change. 600 farmers were surveyed, and the survey identified a strong interest in farmers wanting to take action to reduce on-farm emissions. Results from the survey helped to form four key themes and policy proposals.
This report aims to provide a list of achievable, immediate, and fundable recommendations to help guide the development of policies for national agriculture and climate change. Four key themes were identified which include emissions reduction and innovation, resilient landscapes, thriving communities and secure markets and a range of recommendations were made based off these four central themes. The full report can be found here: https://farmersforclimateaction.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/FarmingForever_March-2023.pdf
The Wheen Bee Foundation
Expanding the Adoption of Bee friendly farming best management practices to strengthen the drought resilience of Australia’s pollinator – dependent crops
This project is designed to use evidence – based Bee Friendly Farming (BFF) Certification program to assist farmers to protect, preserve and promote pollinator health on farms. Food security, biodiversity, ecosystem health and drought resilience will all be improved through this project. The aim of the project is to double the amount of BFF certified farmland across Australia through promotion such as field days to increase awareness and practice change and adoption.
Anthony James: the Regen Narration
Regen Narration is a podcast (formerly Rescope Radio), events, publications, education and facilitation focussed on exploring regeneration.
The podcast is at the heart of it all. Each fortnight you’ll hear from high profile and grass-roots leaders everywhere, enabling the regeneration of life on this planet. Together we’re sharing the stories, we’re changing the stories – the stories we live by. And the systems we create in their mould.
Hosted by Anthony James, award-winning facilitator and educator, widely published writer, and Honorary Research Associate at the University of Western Australia.
To listen to Regen Narration, or read more about the project, visit: https://www.regennarration.com/
A few regenerative agriculture focussed podcasts have been linked to our interview page, so check them out!
Birdlife Australia - Birds on Farms
The Birdlife Australia – Birds on Farms project is aimed at working with landholders to learn more about birds and their habitats on private rural properties. This information is used to conserve and protect woodland bird species.
There is initial monitoring of bird species on properties to understand the species assemblages present and then the Birds on Farms project supports the landholders to plan and implement habitat management on the property.
The long-term objectives of this project are to support local communities and rural landholders to enhance bird populations and diversity of woodland birds and their habitats in a landscape that continues to be agriculturally productive and profitable. Participants of the project are given opportunities to be involved in a range of activities, including developing tailored habitat plans, regular bird monitoring surveys and site visits, training workshops and educational events, as well as access to partnerships and subsidies for on-ground works.
The Western Australian project connects rural landholders with citizen scientists across the agricultural regions of Western Australia. The WA project provides rural landholders and other participants with opportunities to be involved in regular bird monitoring surveys, site visits, training workshops and events and access to subsidies for on-ground works.