Bob Hawke Landcare Award Finalist inspires the global farming community to try ‘Pasture Cropping’

Colin Seis, NSW

In 1980, Colin Seis identified that for improved productivity and better sustainability, modern farms should function as ecosystems to benefit farmers and the surrounding environment. Through experimentation, research and trial over 30 years on his farm, ‘Winona’, Colin’s reputation has steadily grown and his practice improved.

For the past decade, Colin has been committed to tailoring his experience and extending it to the national, and global, rural community. Colin has developed a farming system called Pasture Cropping which combines cropping and grazing to increase ecological function and resilience. He has also improved the eco-footprint of his land by planting over 15,000 trees and restoring the property to native grassland.

Through his ability to inspire others, Colin instils a positive attitude in other farmers to consider the regional, national, consumer and ecological outcomes of their actions. By sharing his practices and encouraging others to collect data regarding soil, plants and birds, he has also influenced the opinions of agricultural professionals and academics.

Colin works with farming groups from Northern Victoria, the midlands of Tasmania and the Hunter Region of NSW and gives over thirty presentations a year. He believes that the best agricultural practices for Australian conditions are developed from a fusion of European agricultural technique and Indigenous ecological values. His understanding and experience has expanded overseas as the popular Landcarer has begun to contribute to changing farming practices in the US grain belt and in north-western China.

In January 2012 Colin was the Keynote speaker at the ‘No-Till on the plains’ conference in Salina, Kansas, USA. Here he addressed over 1,400 farmers, scientists and agronomists at one of the largest farmer conferences in the world. From presentations and workshops to one-on-one mentoring, Colin is continually recognized for his contributions to sustainable agriculture, soil health and the understanding of Carbon sequestration.