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Project Leader: Dr. Shane McIntosh
Industry Partners: ANZ Biochar Initiative Incorporated, Soft Agriculture Pty Ltd
Project Description: This project in partnership with ANZ Biochar Initiative Inc and Soft Agriculture Pty Ltd aims to develop an economically and biologically efficient method to restore compacted and depleted soils in Northern NSW. Regenerative agricultural practices such as biochar supplemented feed, dung beetles, rotational grazing, foliar sprays and biopesticides containing biochar and wood vinegar will be used to increase and improve pasture and other cover crops. Changes to soil carbon, other trace elements, water holding capacity and the release of nitrous oxide will be measured and assessed as well as the health and weight gain of the cows.