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Soils : the only real resource

Wilson, K. (1984) Soils : the only real resource. Western Farmer and Grazier, 12 April 1984. p. 39 [Publication] [Special Collections]


A soil seminar held in Merredin last week should be reproduced in handbook form for Western Australian farmers. It was organised by the Eastern Wheatbelt Soil Conservation Group and the Agriculture Department's Dryland Research Institute based in Merredin, and the 80 farmers who attended agreed it was a first-class presentation. Western Australia's Soil Commissioner Graeme Robertson, spoke on the establishment of soil conservation districts in Western Australia involving producer organisations, shire councils and local land users and a nominee to represent himself on each committee. Many farming groups and towns had notified the Agricultural Department of their interest in setting up a soil conservation district, which would be serviced by the Dryland Research Institute. Steve Trevenen, officer-in-charge at Dryland Research Institute said the establishment of the soil conservation districts would help the direction of research at Merredin. He said that it was a team effort in tackling soil conservation and there has to be more extensive work done for farmers, including seminars. Federal Primary Industry Minister, John Kerin was unable to attend, but his speech was read out by a representative, where he said that the Labor government was "setting up a strategy" through the national soil conservation programme to channel funds to individuals and organisations concerned with soil conservation.

This article contains two images: machinery cultivating soil in a paddock; and Bill Smart, Dryland Research Institute adviser showing farmers various rock types found in Merredin soils.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58733
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