2020 General Jeffery Soil Health Award Winner has been announced
Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Lynette Abbott from Western Australia!
The General Jeffery Soil Health Award is open to any individual farmer, land manager, extension specialist or educator who is making an outstanding contribution to improving soil health in Australia.
Congratulations to the three finalists
Lynette Abbott from Western Australia WINNER: Emeritus Professor at The University of Western Australia who established the innovative ‘Know your Soil Biology’ workshops for farmers, providing hands-on activities on the benefits of soil biota for soil health/quality. For her pioneering research on arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi in agriculture and disturbed natural environments, she is acknowledged as a world leader in this field. Her research has addressed AM fungi as complex soil communities, and has focused on AM fungal interactions with plants, fertilizer management and soil amendments. Professor Abbott is also currently consolidating soil health knowledge via a project in the Australian Government Smart Farms program titled ‘Engaging digital media to more effectively build confidence in use of sustainable land management practices’.
Brian Hughes from South Australia: Primary Industries and Regions SA-Rural Solutions SA Principal Consultant, Brian has been Involved in determining the extent of soil acidification, the rate at which it is developing in areas that were inherently non-acidic, and promoting the adoption of treatment options. Brian has worked as a soil conservation officer, soils officer, soils and land management consultant since 1982. He has an extensive knowledge of South Australian soils, their distribution, properties and management in agriculture.
Robert Quirk from New South Wales: A sustainable agriculture educator, researcher and advocate, Robert’s farm is located on the coastal flood plain of the Tweed River in northern NSW, a very low lying with a surface elevation of 5 m AHD. Through years of observation, study, experimentation and collaboration, he has developed management practices resulting in quantifiable improvements in soil characteristics. Armed with this knowledge, he was able to develop practices to reduce the impacts and constraints to improve soil health. Robert has collaborated with three universities of the last twenty years, developed world’s best practice for growing sugar cane in acid sulphate soils and increased soil organic carbon levels from two to six per cent.
Forming part of the suite of distinguished awards within the biennial National Landcare Awards administered by Landcare Australia, the General Jeffery Soil Health Award will be presented at this year’s virtual National Landcare Awards on Thursday 5 August, 2021 held during the National Landcare Conference. Registration for the National Landcare Conference and Awards is free. See more information and register.
ABOUT GENERAL JEFFERY
The General Jeffery Soil Health Award honours the remarkable work done by Australia’s first National Soils Advocate, former Governor General, Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd).
As Australia’s first National Soils Advocate, General Jeffery passionately advocated for improvements in the health of our agricultural landscape. By championing soil health from Parliament House to the paddock, he successfully changed attitudes towards soil sustainability and energised change on farms right across Australia. He relentlessly pursued his focus on the importance of integrated management of soil, water, animals and plants to the benefit of all Australians and our environment.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The General Jeffery Soil Health Award:
- recognises, honours and celebrates an individual’s outstanding contribution to improving soil health through activities including:
- undertaking good management practice on the ground and/or;
- extending knowledge, and advocating for, improved soil management, and/or;
- educating and raising awareness about the importance of maintaining and improving soil health.
- promotes better management practices to improve soil health across the landscape
- provides a platform to promote what is being done to improve and promote soil health at a meaningful scale
- honours the remarkable work of Australian’s first National Soils Advocate, Major General the Hon Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)
- is sponsored by the Office of the National Soils Advocate.
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ENTRY RULES AND CONDITIONS
- Applicants/nominees may enter only once (if you are nominating an individual, you may only nominate them once).
- This award is open to an individual not a group or organisation.
- This award is open to Australian citizens only.
- An individual must provide three referees, including a referee from a Natural Resource Management / Catchment Management Authority (NRM/CMA) or industry body.
- Acceptance of an entry into the General Jeffery Soil Health Award is at the sole discretion of Landcare Australia to the extent that Landcare Australia can refuse to accept or reject any entry without providing a reason.
- Landcare Australia accepts no responsibility for entry submissions not received by the final date.
- Entries must be electronic, submitted using the online entry form hosted on the Landcare Australia website. Postal, fax or email entries will not be accepted.
- The General Jeffery Soil Health Award prize package is $20,000. The recipient will use this to further develop and champion their knowledge and skills in soil health.
- The decision of the judges will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- The submissions for the three finalists will be retained by Landcare Australia. All entrants to the awards program, grant Landcare Australia permission to share information provided in the nomination process at the 2021 National Landcare Awards gala dinner, in media and communications managed by Landcare Australia and sponsoring partners, and at such other places and at times as deemed appropriate in the sole discretion of Landcare Australia.
- If an entrant becomes a finalist, they must make themselves available at their place of home/work to be filmed about their award nomination for a video that will be shown at the 2021 National Landcare Awards gala dinner and for media and communications purposes.
- Award nominees must permit Landcare Australia, their funding provider or their agents to publish sufficient information about the award entry so that the general public can understand it. This information may be used for media and promotional purposes for the award program.
- Current Landcare Australia employees or their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Former employees may enter but may not submit entries based on their work at Landcare Australia.
- The submission of all relevant information to the judges within the nomination form is the responsibility of the nominator/entrant however judges may seek further information or clarification if necessary.
Information contained in the submission will be used as follows:
- Landcare Australia and the judges will use information disclosed in the nomination submissions for evaluating the entry.
- Information contained in the nomination submissions may be used by Landcare Australia or its agents in preparing media and communications information for promotional purposes including publications, media relations, social media and presentations. The information provided with the awards submission, may be edited for media and communication’s purposes.
- No guarantee of confidentiality can be provided, however if there is information associated with an entrant’s submission that the entrant/nominee wishes to remain confidential, the entrant/nominee should first contact Landcare Australia.
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
IT IS A CONDITION OF ENTRY THAT YOU HAVE READ AND ACCEPTED ALL ENTRY RULES AND CONDITIONS.
- I confirm that the information in this entry/nomination is true and correct to the best of my knowledge as at the date the entry was submitted.
- I agree to all the entry rules and conditions defined above.
- I agree that except for information clearly labelled as confidential, all information contained in the entry form may be used by Landcare Australia Limited, its funding provider or its agents in preparing press and marketing materials to promote the General Jeffery Soil Health Award.
- Landcare Australia reserves the right to declare an entry ineligible if by reasonable opinion, the award entrant is unable to represent or promote the General Jeffery Soil Health Award in a satisfactory manner; or if the entry does not meet the criteria.
- The decision made by the General Jeffery Soil Health Award Advisory Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Landcare Australia accepts no responsibility for entry submissions not received by the closing date.
To be eligible for the award, nominees must:
- be any individual farmer, land manager, extension specialists or educator
- not be a group or organisation
- be an Australian citizen
- be actively involved in soil health activities (this may be in a range of capacities – as a farmer, land manager, extension officer, an educator)
- have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture
- to be considered for the award, nominees must complete all of the questions in the nomination form.
Nominations are open to any individual farmer, land manager, extension specialist or educator who:
- is an Australian citizen
- is actively involved in soil health activities
- has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.
To nominate you will need to describe how the nominee has had an impact on improving soil health and/or soil health knowledge (300 words). This will include information on:
- What the land manager has done to develop and/or apply good management practice that has resulted in quantifiable improvements in soil characteristics, and/or;
- What the extension professional has done to extend knowledge and champion improved soil management and the impact that they have had on land managers and other stakeholders, and/or;
- What the educator has done to educate and/or raise awareness about the importance of maintaining and improving soil health and the impact that this has had on the audience.
Please also include:
- Why they should be recognised, any key challenges the nominee has faced and the strategies used to overcome them;
- How long the nominee has been involved in their respective soil health activity and why they got involved.
The nominee will need to describe how they have demonstrated leadership, influence and commitment to improving soil health (300 words). Include information on what the nominee has done to:
- Inspire others to make changes that quantifiably improve soil health and/or become an advocate for changes in soil management;
- Establish and/or strengthen collaboration to drive development and uptake of practices that quantifiably improve soil health;
- Educate and inspire others to be interested in soil health issues, influencing their long-term thinking. Examples include primary, secondary and tertiary educators, holding community meetings or workshops, webinars, field days and more.
- The location or region over which they operate in or have influence over.
The General Jeffery Soil Health Award winner will receive $20,000 prize money. All nominees will need to describe how the cash prize will be used to undertake additional activities to improve their knowledge, further promote soil health and/or share learnings with others to have even greater impact (maximum 300 words). Following are examples to assist with your description:
- Broadening extension, outreach, education services and knowledge sharing through activities such as:
- sharing knowledge with other landholders through field days, hosting tours or educational events, using technology, hosting webinars
- working beyond the previous range of impact (an educator may work in additional schools; an extension officer may work beyond their usual area, a farmer may give a series of talks in different regions or in alternative industries etc.)
- Professional development and furthering the recipient’s knowledge and skills in soil health. For example, through further study, professional memberships and participation, conference or symposium attendance or study tours
- Promoting the need for and benefits of soil health, improvement activities and results to a public audience. For example, through blogs, social media, books, science media engagement, industry or environmental publications, webinars, high-profile or public events, meetings with influencers.
- Other innovative ways to expand or deepen the recipients and others’ knowledge or reach.
The nominee will also be asked to summarise the nomination in 25 words, highlighting the key messages that best describe why this individual should be recognised for outstanding achievements to soil health. This text may be used for publicity purposes.
The General Jeffery Soil Health Award forms part of the suite of awards within the biennial National Landcare Awards program administered by Landcare Australia. The Award was presented at the virtual 2021 National Landcare Awards Thursday 5 August 2021, held during the National Landcare Conference.
PRIZE FOR THE WINNER
The winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize of $20,000 to further their contribution to improving soil health. The Award recipient will be required to use the prize money to further their education, and/or to undertake promotional and communication activities to improve soil health.
The award is open to any individual farmer, land manager, extension specialist or educator who is an Australian citizen.
The General Jeffery Soil Health Award is administered by Landcare Australia and is supported by the Office of the National Soils Advocate within the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.