WIG - Wheatbelt Integrity Group

Wheatbelt Integrity Group is addressing the reducing number of Wheatbelt farmers due to debt. They raise awareness of the high suicide rate in regional areas and promote the transition from a chemical farming system to a biological one. By promoting sustainable farming and sharing knowledge, Wheatbelt Integrity Group hopes to restore the Wheatbelt farming industry.


Food for Thought Festival - Ticketing

Food for Thought Festival - Full program of events

Food for Thought Festival

RegenWA Crop Updates 2020

Hollands Farm takes regenerative agriculture mainstream

‘Lana’ – Partnering farm animals to regenerate the land

Truckies respond to East Gippsland bushfire crisis with huge 'army of angels' convoy

Weirs continue to flow through drought and fires

No-Till Farmers’ Push for Healthy Soils Ignites a Movement in the Plains

Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

Visionary view of farming future

WIG Field Day 2019

Video - From the Ground Up – Regenerative Agriculture

Uncovering how microbes in the soil influence our health and our food

WIG Field Day, Q & A panel on Regenerative Agriculture

Wheatbelt Farmers Innovators in Regenerative Agriculture

Soil carbon - can it save agriculture’s bacon?

WA businesses take regenerative agriculture from niche to mainstream

An innovative source of farm labour helps build productive soils

Video - Regenerative Agriculture Presentations: Dr Charles Massy and Nick Kelly

Video - Nick Kelly - Changing Culture by The Acre in the WA Wheat Belt

‘Winona’ – Pasture cropping the way to health

Grass-fed Beef Contains 300 Percent More Heart-Healthy Omega 3s than Factory-Farmed

Looking After Your Productive Potential in Times of Adversity

Women in Agriculture Day

Video - Poisoned Fields - Glyphosate, the underrated risk?

Controlling kangaroos is essential to increase carbon flows

Study: White Oak Pastures Beef Reduces Atmospheric Carbon

Making money while restoring the land

Regenerative agriculture for students launched in Australian-first curriculum to maintain healthy soils

Organic matter drops in continuous cropping

Video - Joel Salatin on Holistic Management

Land to Market

'It's a groundswell': the farmers fighting to save the Earth's soil

The Profit Conversation

Summer Ground Cover – Filling the Gap

Video - The Cocktail Effect of Multiple Residues

No-Dig, the Charles Dowding Way

Video - Making Management Decisions At The Ecosystem Level: Stopping The Bleeding

Regenerative agriculture finds solid backing as decades of success show renewal

Katanning, March 12, Pasture Cropping with Colin Seis

Expressions of Interest - Technical Advisory Group

Systems Approach Makes Canadian No-Till Farm More Resilient

The Myth of Fertilizer

Video - Fire recovery: soil impacts and actions

14th February - Happy National Regenerative Agriculture Day!

Wheatbelt Natural Resource Management Inc

Tell politicians to fix the banks for good

Royal Commission into misconduct in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry

Video - eShepherd Virtual Cattle Fencing System

Video - Pasture Cropping and Grazing Management Workshop

Video - Pasture cropping - experiences of innovative growers

Gabe Brown on Ecosystem Stewardship

Pasture Cropping - Profitable Regenerative Agricuture

Multi-Species Pasture Cropping

WIG Soil Restoration Field Day

Let's Make Banking Fair

Australian Biological Farming Conference and Expo 2018

Quorum Sensing the Microbial Biome

Options for reducing glyphosate

After 20 years in the biz, this Perth cooking teacher worries about us

Regenerative Agriculture - The guts governing our food, health and future

Australian farmers driving up profits through regenerative agriculture

Our Turn At This Earth: A Soil Scientist Speaks His Soul

No-Till Farmers’ Push for Healthy Soils Ignites a Movement in the Plains

Soil Restoration Field Day

Multi-Tasking Cover Crops Improve the No-Till Bottom Line

Top 10 Reasons to Raise & Eat Grass-Fed Meat

NAB promises to stop fleecing farmers

Video - Christine Jones will be at Moora on Aug. 7th. Nick Kelly will also a contributor.

WIG FIELD DAY with Colin Seis

Audio - Building a Holistic Regenerative Farming System with Nick and Lucy Kelly

Video - Christine Jones - Soil Carbon: From microbes to mitigation

Wheatbelt Integrity Group: Comments on the Royal Commission into Banking

Natural Intelligence Farming

ANZ apology five years late for Tasmanian couple at banking royal commission

Banking royal commission: How a farming family lost everything after 45 years on the land

Video - Wheatbelt Champions

Australian Biological Farming Conference & Expo

A Booming Economy With a Tragic Price

Soil Health and Carbon Farming Seminar

Grazing for Soil Health and Getting Cover Crops Into the Mix

The Life-Giving Link Between Carbon and Healthy Topsoil

Soils for Life Newsletter, January 2018

Talking Up Soil Restoration

Walkaway Field Day with Dr Maarten Stapper

Landsave Organics Proudly Presents - Soil Biology with Nicole Masters

An innovative source of farm labour helps build productive soils

Select Committee on Lending to Primary Production Customers. Submission 22.

Select Committee on Lending to Primary Production Customers. Submission 38.

Is Glyphosate Harming Your No-Tilled Soils?

Harvest goes hands free

Video - Gabe Brown - SARE National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health

Planning Our Food Future Forum

Soil Restoration: 5 Core Principles

WIG Nominated for Agricultural Innovation Award

Video - Cattle Grazing on Permanent No-Till Soils

Nitrogen: the double-edged sword

Soil Restoration Field Day

Productive Soils, Productive Farms

Accepted submission to the Select Senate Inquiry into primary production and banking

Regional Telecommunications Summit, July 27

Building Soils Workshop, June 19, 2017

Video - Sickness from the Soil

Banking inquiry to accommodate 'traumatised' farmers

How to create fertility without buying fertiliser

Video - Your Soils Will Never Be Sustainable With Synthetics

Stop Punishing Our Soils with Fertilisers

Crop probiotics: how more science and less hype can help Australian farmers

Video - Regenerative Ag - Farmers helping farmers build healthy farms

Video - Residue to the MAX

Video - Successful Regenerative Agriculture Is Understanding Soil Function

Audio - Producers in drier areas tell me cover crops use up H₂O. Not true.

Eating Our Way to Collapse

Young people going urban due to high agriculture buy-in costs

Saving The Soil 'Skin,' Thriving With No-Till

Essentials To Restore That Liquid Carbon Pathway

Put carbon where it belongs... back in the soil

Holistic Management and You

Carbon key to building resilience on farms

Building Soil With Livestock

Scientists Loved and Loathed by an Agrochemical Giant

Adding cattle yields surprising no till results

Small Business Ombudsman recommends banks give farms more notice before cancelling loans

Nutrition and Disease — Interview with Professor Don Huber

Gabe Brown's five keys to soil health

Pasture Cropping: A Regenerative Solution from Down Under

Video - Gabe & Paul Brown: Regenerative Ranching

Tighty Whities Demonstrate Soil Microbiology

Why soil aggregation is critical to growing healthy crops

Soil our best shot at cooling the planet

Video - WIG and Biological Farming From ABC News 24

Switch to biological farming expected to bring significant savings and keep growers on the land

WIG wins Landcorp Sustainability Award

Regional Achievement and Community Awards - 28th October

RAIN Field Day - 13th September

WIG Biological Field Day - 5th October

Healing Battered Fields, Pastures with Adaptive Grazing

Farmers quitting in droves — and not happy about going

Farm advocate group seeks new members

Talkin' Soil Health 2015 & Previous Conferences

Soil Health Compost & Crop Nutrition Day - 17th August

What's with wheat?

1st paddock without synthetic fertilizer & herbicides

Carbon is not the problem

No-Till Farmer

Farmer on Your Plate This Saturday

Implementing Cover Crops - Gabe Brown story

Sweet summer success for Newdegate farmer

Farmer on Your Plate, 2016

The benefits of not tilling

WANTFA Nutrition Compaction Rotations Event

Running success will help family farmers — Farm Weekly

Running for the wheatbelt

Nick's run is underway

Industry establishes think tank — The West Australian


“The theme for the 2020 Food for Thought Festival is Courageous Leadership: Enabling systems change through regenerative food and agricultural systems.”

“Nick Kelly is an early adopter of a range of regenerative practices and is a long term collaborator with Wheatbelt NRM. Currently, he is one of our farmers demonstrating how to maximise ground cover to reduce the summer feed gap and improve soil health.”

“Principles and practices of Holistic Management were introduced to the Wright’s properties, including establishing smaller paddocks and rotational grazing of their sheep and cattle.”

“The road has been closed — I think this is the first time the road's being used, and we've got 22 trucks on it.”

“The weirs' ability to stay full and fresh may seem like magic in the middle of a drought, but Mr Royds says it all comes down to natural sequence farming and regenerative agriculture.”

“...putting an end to tilling the soil is often just the beginning of a whole range of practices that include growing cover crops, managed grazing, and diversification, i.e., literally increasing the number of cash crops in their rotations.”

“Conventional farming practices that degrade soil health undermine humanity’s ability to continue feeding everyone over the long run.”

““Our farm now, or large parts of it, are generally green all summer and it has changed the environment - definitely,” Mr Kelly said.”

“An appreciative group of 60 people enjoyed the WIG Field Day at Hollands Track Farm, Newdegate.”

“Inspired by Charles Massy's best-selling book "Call of the Reed Warbler"...”

“What we are discovering is that living in these traditional farming environments means living in a place that is extremely rich in microbes...”

“WIG Field Day, Q & A panel on Regenerative Agriculture”

“Wheatbelt farmers including the Haggerty family in Wyalkatchem, the Kelly family in Newdegate and the McAlpine’s in Dalwallinu are recognised internationally as leaders in this field.”

“Carbon is the currency for most transactions within and between living things. Nowhere is this more evident than in the soil.”

“Regenerative agriculture will be a slow evolution that will eventually become an avalanche.”

“Inspired by American growers like Dwayne Beck and more recently Rick Bieber, Nick is adhering to the principles of zero tillage, soil carbon, growing plants all year round and maximising diversity.”

“Regenerative agriculture case study.”

“More recent research has demonstrated that omega-3s play a crucial role in the prevention of atherosclerosis, heart attack, depression, cancer and arthritis, Daley says.”

“How can we maximise our ability to recover when eventually rains return, when the waters and winds recede, or the fire has passed?”

“Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals.”

“Kangaroos have the ability to get through normal fences, so can turn up in mass after storms and consume new growth, sometimes the lot if pastures are very low.”

“Industrial-Sized Cow Farts”

“Going against the grain has paid off for these beef producers and even encouraged other conventional farmers to change course.”

“A Tamworth teacher has developed the first curriculum in Australia that explores regenerative agricultural principles and practices.”

“Particular farming methods are decreasing the natural soil organic matter, including carbon and nitrogen, according to CSIRO research scientist Therese McBeath.”

“The world’s first verified regenerative sourcing solution for meat, dairy, wool & leather.”

“The UN has warned that soils around the world are heading for exhaustion and depletion, with an estimated 60 harvests left before they are too barren to feed the planet.”

“An eye opening and practical course for improving our soil and grass health and profitability”

“Highlight speakers include Adam Rendell, Nick Kelly, Ed Riggall and Phil Barret Lennard and Curtin University’s Sarita Bennett.”

“What to me is really concerning is this. When this test, done in the United States, looking at the number of chemicals in placental blood, in other words, what is crossing the placenta into the developing fetus, and in the US they found up at 232 chemicals, but most babies are getting hundreds.”

“No-Dig is about leaving soil undisturbed so that all the soil organisms, all that abundant life, can do their work without having their homes broken into.”

“From a desert to a paradise”

“Presentation followed by afternoon paddock walk.”

“Are you passionate about the livestock industry in the Wheatbelt?”

“The five essential pillars that support Axten’s farm are keeping the soil covered at all times, eliminating soil disturbance, having live roots in the soil for as long as possible, high plant-species diversity and incorporating livestock.”

“By area standards, Brown’s Ranch is not that big. But what is astonishing is how much more this dryland farm is able to produce than comparable operations — both for market and deep within the soil.”

“Colin Seis - The benefits of Pasture Cropping are way beyond the short-term crop yields.”

“Colin Seis - Research data from the USA has shown that a mix of annual species sown as a crop is better than monocultures for improving soil carbon, soil biology, and soil structure as well as providing improved forage quality for grazing livestock.”

“Tell politicians to fix the banks for good.”

“Join us for another inspiring and informative national event!”

“How can you shift from this weed control and killing focus to an integrated weed management approach that promotes life in the farming system instead?”

“Science says if there is good wholefood going into your gut – fruit, veg, meats and whole grains, your gut will have a much better system of microbiomes and digestion.”

“Why healthy people need healthy food from healthy people.”

“While some farmers are struggling with the drought, others are seeing their profits increase.”

“He was motivated in this research by his understanding of prairies and the soils beneath them as living systems.”

““As your soils heal and go back to a more natural state,” he says, most successful farmers are able to “wean themselves off” chemicals.”

“Every percentage of soil organic matter in the top 6 inches of soil holds an extra 27,000 gallons of water per acre. As I build quality soil organic matter, everything returns to a homeostasis state and is more resilient to stress.”

“Beef that came from cattle properly managed across grassland is a completely different product from conventionally produced beef.”

“Regenerative agriculture is not only about developing agricultural methods that will encourage more farmers to adopt practices that will restore their tired, worn-out farms, but will restore the planets ecosystems and repair its depleted soil.”

“Results are increased profit margins, plummeting frost damage, increased soil aggregation, and earthworms returning to the system.”

“WIG committee members have been busy talking with farmers who have left or are in the process of leaving the industry.”

“Natural Intelligence farming uses natural processes combined with modern agricultural technology to produce food and fibre of optimum nutrition and quality while enhancing positive ecosystem development.”

“A Tasmanian former farming couple who say they were belted to bits and left destitute from their dealings with ANZ receive an apology from a bank executive, five years on.”

“If you spent 50 years of your life building up something that you love, just to see it all broken apart, how do you get over it?”

“Nick Kelly from Newdegate Western Australia successfully grows millet as a summer crop which has improved soil quality and water retention”

“Nick Kelly, WIG chairman speaking at this event.”

“There’s a mental health crisis in rural Australia”

“Introducing Dr Terry McCosker, RCS Workshops coming soon!”

“The focus of these efforts was to recognise the importance of soil science in the current global challenges of human health, food and water security, the role of soil carbon to improve ecosystem functions and biodiversity under a changing climate.”

“People have confused the weathering of rock, which is a very, very slow process, with the building of topsoil, which is altogether different. Most of the ingredients for new topsoil come from the atmosphere — carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen.”

“He has found regenerative farming, improving soils with low external input, the most sustainable for producers, consumers and landscapes.”

“Nicole is sought after by many growing industries for her insight into what is required within soil biology to provide the best conditions for the production of high yielding and healthy plants.”

“A too often under-utilised resource, soil biology can do some heavy lifting around the farm, such as preparing soil for crops and controlling pests.”

“Researchers say the widely used herbicide is lingering longer than previously thought and could negatively impact soil and plant health.”

“British researchers have put automation to test in the farm field”

“Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains are packaged sunlight derived from photosynthesis.”

“The application of high rates of inorganic nitrogen in agricultural systems has had many unintended negative consequences for soil function and environmental health.”

“She notes that we have the lowest level of nutrient density in our food ever, which means we don't have those trace elements that help us battle those flu bugs and other environmental threats to our immune systems.”

“We want to get to the bottom of the problems that the rural sector faces with banking and financing.”

“Now, due to recent scientific findings, I'm confident that the next wave of high production agriculture will be led by those who understand the biology of our soils.”

“She told me, Gabe, your soils will never be sustainable as long as you use synthetics, so for the next four years, I did split trials, and I highly recommend, people, to do this on their own land.”

“The quest for ever-greater productivity — using fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and whatever other chemicals are at hand — is killing our soil and threatening our farms.”

“Similar to the probiotics that offer health benefits for humans, certain natural bacteria can make crops healthier, hardier and more productive, by increasing their resilience to pests, pathogens and environmental stresses and improving access to soil nutrients.”

“Business as usual is not an option — we need to change the way we grow, process and consume food.”

“We're quite concerned with the trend of corporate buying of land as an asset.”

“Financial stress in the 1980s caused Rick Bieber to look for ways to cut input costs, leading him to no-till. Today he continues that low-input-cost approach to no-till, and has become one of South Dakota's most passionate advocates for no-till practices.”

“because all we're doing is taking sunlight through photosynthesis and a plant, translocating it to the root, pumping it out into the soil as liquid carbon or root exudates, whatever you want to call it, and having it consumed by microbes.”

“Farmers often see themselves as feeding the world, but farmers attending the Organic Connections conference here recently were told the first step towards that goal is feeding the 'starving and homeless' micro-organisms in their soil.”

“When farmers let livestock mob graze their pastures, they are mimicking that aspect of nature. Farmers will see huge spikes in bacteria, better nutrient cycling, and increased organic matter.”

“Going back to the 1990s, her research has found that genetically modified corn — intended to kill bugs that eat the plant — could harm beneficial insects as well. Back then, Syngenta had not yet been formed, but she said one of its predecessor companies, Ciba-Geigy, tried to stifle her research by citing a confidentiality agreement signed by her employer then, a Swiss government research center called Agroscope.”

“We were out of money so instead of buying big new tractors and heavy new tillage implements, we made a few tweaks to our planter, took a deep breath and started no-tilling our crops.”

“The recommendations have been handed to the Federal Government, but their release have been delayed until the new year.”

“In Part 1 of this interview, Professor Huber shared some fascinating nutrition tips and, amongst many gems, he clarified the kind of reduced sugars that attract insects and those that boost plant resilience. In this second installment, there is a stronger focus upon glyphosate and the many problems associated with the most popular farm chemical on the planet.”

“Now scientists, and even National Geographic magazine, are banging on his door to study how soils are improving on his 2000-hectare property. Their studies find increasing NPK and organic carbon despite no inputs used. To anybody looking in, it's not just his use of cover crops which is eliminating fertiliser use.”

“The more they drank that night, however, the more the idea intrigued them. Why couldn't a cereal plant be cropped in a perennial pasture? As farmers, couldn't they figure out a way to make them all get along symbiotically?”

“We used something most every farmer has on hand — briefs — and developed a very simple demonstration that shows the results crop production management has on microbiology and in turn soil health.”

“In order for a soil to function properly, we have to have all the soil processes — physical, chemical, and biological — function in a way that they can maintain the soil in a good condition.”

“There is, however, a solution. Scientists and farmers around the world are pointing out that we can regenerate degraded soils by switching from intensive industrial farming to more ecological methods — not just organic fertiliser, but also no-tillage, composting, and crop rotation. Here's the brilliant part: as the soils recover, they not only regain their capacity to hold CO₂, they begin to actively pull additional CO₂ out of the atmosphere.”