Loddon Plains Future Farming Group

The Loddon Plains Future Farming Regenerative and Sustainable Agriculture Group covers a wide area around Bridgewater ranging from Newbridge in the south, Serpentine in the north, Yarraberb to the east and Kingower in the west. 

The group has developed an action plan that will guide the group’s activities over the next two years. The activities chosen are based on soil types, climate, local knowledge and experience. 

The North Central CMA’s Regenerative Agriculture Project is funding implementation of the plan to enable the group to build awareness, knowledge and skills in regenerative agriculture. The activities focus on building or maintaining soil carbon, minimising wind erosion and maintaining or increase native vegetation and biodiversity on-farm.

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Photo: Natalie Hardy
Photo: Natalie Hardy

Group Objectives 

  • To improve knowledge of soil health and structure including how to maximise rainfall infiltration, build soil carbon and build topsoil
  • To improve knowledge of growing and utilising grasses for livestock while maintaining ground cover 
  • To increase native vegetation on-farm.

SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

The group identified a series of activities that they would like to undertake in the next two years to address the land management issues they are facing on their farms. The activities focus on workshop and demonstrations to improve knowledge and awareness of soil health and grazing management to improve soil health as well as animal nutrition and climate change adaptation. As part of the funding requirements, the group is required to do a minimum of 10 soil tests.

These activities have been designed to align with the objectives of the Regenerative Agriculture Program:

  • Increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of soil carbon threatening processes and management practice and have improved capability to change practices to maintain or increase soil carbon on-farm

  •  Increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of wind erosion threatening processes and management practices and have improved capability to change practices to minimise or mitigate wind erosion on-farm

  • Increased awareness, knowledge and understanding of vegetation, biodiversity and management that maintains or increases native vegetation and biodiversity on-farm.

The main land use is mixed farming comprising grazing sheep for wool production and prime lambs, and cropping. There is also beef cattle grazing. Cereals, oilseeds and legumes are grown along with lucerne for grazing and hay production. 

Group members are diverse with a range of cropping, pasture and mixed farming as well as artisan, horticulture and niche farming operations. With members at different stages of regenerative farming practices, from beginning their journey to some that are advanced in the adoption of their practices.

To keep up to date with the Loddon Plains Future Farming Regenerative Agriculture Group or LPLN’s commitment to Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/lplnag

Group Activity focus

  • Soil testing & interpretation workshop
  • Soil testing on farms program
  • Soil pit demonstration and workshop
  • Farm design workshops and development     
  • Pasture cropping for soil health – workshop and demonstration
  • Grazing management to maintain ground cover – workshop and demonstration
  • Climate adaptation workshops
  • Native vegetation on farm – planning and design sessions
  • Grazing Management for Nutrition
  • Dung beetle’s workshop and property visit