CRC for High Performance Soils

The Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) is bringing together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming soils.

Underperforming agricultural soils cost Australian farmers billions of dollars in lost revenue each year.

The CRC aims to enable farmers to increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils.

The Soil CRC is the biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history.

The approach to research is multi-disciplinary. The Cooperative Research Centre coordinates research across a range of disciplines including social science, economics, biology, chemistry, agronomy and soil science.

The Soil CRC has 39 participants that along with the Australian Government contribute $164 million to the CRC through both cash and in-kind contributions.

The Soil CRC has funding until 2027.

Images: University of Southern Queensland, Mark Imhof, Central West Farming Systems

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Australian farming the focus of new

Soil Research Centre

Dr Micheal Crawford & Senator Hon Zed Seselja

Australia’s largest collaborative soil research initiative, aimed at enabling farmers to increase their productivity and profitability, has launched today at the University of Newcastle.

The Soil CRC brings together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for the nation’s underperforming agricultural soils.

Chief Executive Officer of the Soil CRC, Dr Michael Crawford, is excited about the opportunity the Soil CRC presents for Australian farmers.

“Our research is led and shaped by farmers. We are listening to what they want, and our research programs are designed to address the issues outlined by them, our participants,” Dr Crawford explains.

He believes the Soil CRC is uniquely placed to make a difference because of its collaboration across disciplines and between farmers, industry and science.

“We are not just about soil science. The Soil CRC is bringing together research across a range of disciplines including social science, economics, chemistry, biology, agronomy and soil science to find practical solutions to our underperforming soils,” he says.

Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation, Zed Seselja, said the launch of the Soil CRC today was a great example of the possibilities of industry and research collaboration.

Image: Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Science, Jobs and Innovation and Dr Michael Crawford, CEO Soil CRC at the launch of the Soil CRC

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Participants

3 State agencies
8 Universities
9 Industry partners
19 Farmer groups
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