Ungarra farmer appointed as sustainable ag project officer

Ungarra farmer appointed as sustainable ag project officer

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Josh Telfer is the new sustainable agriculture project officer for the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board, with the position hosted by AIR EP.

Josh Telfer is the new sustainable agriculture project officer for the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board, with the position hosted by AIR EP.

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Ungarra farmer Josh Telfer has been appointed as a the new sustainable agriculture project officer for the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board.

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Ungarra farmer Josh Telfer has been appointed as a the new sustainable agriculture project officer for the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board.

This position is part of the EP Landscape Board's Regenerative Agriculture Program, with the position hosted by grower group Agricultural Innovation & Research Eyre Peninsula.

Mr Telfer brings a wealth of knowledge to the role, including hands-on farming experience, and soil and land management conservation knowledge from previous work with the Department of Primary Industries.

He has also worked on international agricultural projects, in Bangladesh and Sudan.

Mr Telfer said he was excited to facilitate local farmers' involvement with sustainable agriculture projects.

He is also looking forward to spreading knowledge about methods to restore pH levels, increase soil organic carbon levels and reduce the risk of nutrient loss from wind erosion.

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"I'm passionate about the future for EP, and particularly its agriculture across all our different climatic zones, and I think we have a bright future," Mr Telfer said.

"One of things I'm working on is the two small grants projects looking at investigating and demonstrating the use of multi-species cover crops, and also the effects soil amelioration can have on soil carbon.

"There are significant financial resources available for both individuals and groups to help investigate and facilitate these sorts of things across EP, so I encourage farmers or farming systems groups to contact me if they wish to know more."

The grants provide up to $9000 for farmers, or farming systems groups looking to establish demonstration sites, with applications open until December 11.

For further grant details, click here, or visit the website.

Mr Telfer is contactable via his email, susag@airep.com.au or his mobile, 0460 000 290.

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