Study a Bachelor of Science (Regenerative Agriculture)
Conventional, intensive agricultural approaches have left in their wake a growing number of serious environmental issues, degrading soils and reducing landscape water holding capacity. Looking to the future of food production demands that we rethink our approach to farming systems.
Drawing on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy, ecology, agroforestry, environmental chemistry and socio-ecological systems, this major delves into the emerging practices of, and growing evidence-base for regenerative agriculture, examining human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agronomy and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes.
The Bachelor of Science with a specialisation in Regenerative Agriculture develops specialist knowledge in a whole-of-system approach to food production and farm management.
It is designed for students who want to be a part of a new way of farming that better supports, and is supported by natural processes, building more resilient farms and farmers in a future of increased seasonal and weather variability.
Developed with leaders in regenerative agriculture
This degree is a world first and was championed by the Regenerative Agricultural Alliance (RAA) and members of its Industry Advisory Group. RAA exists to improve the holistic health and wellbeing of Australian landscapes, farmers and communities through research, education and collaboration. Extensive consultation was undertaken with Southern Cross University to develop a regenerative agriculture degree that builds ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking to improve agricultural resilience and address complex real-world challenges.
“There is only a finite amount of soil and a finite amount of water. If you abuse either you are spending your children’s inheritance,” says Bruce Pascoe, award-winning author and Indigenous Australian of mixed Bunurong, Yuin and Aboriginal Tasmanian (Palawa) heritage. Bruce Pascoe is well-known for his groundbreaking book Dark Emu, which presents compelling evidence to show how Australian Aboriginal people have had 65,000 years of experience working a system that was regenerative. He explores how we can learn from these methods.
Mr Pascoe is a member of the Regenerative Agricultural Alliance’s Industry Advisory Group and has consulted with the Alliance on its strategy and content of the degree.
Dr Terry McCosker
Terry McCosker is an internationally acclaimed teacher and has worked in research, extension and property management in both government and private sectors for 45 years. Terry has published over 40 papers and made several world-first discoveries in the fields of bull fertility, ruminant nutrition and pasture ecology. Terry co-founded RSC, which has set the benchmark for capacity building in rural and regional Australia. He is responsible for the introduction of the GrazingforProfit TM School.
One of his greatest lifetime achievements has been to effectively bridge the gap between the contesting paradigms of traditional agriculture and regenerative agriculture. As a member of the Alliance’s Industry Advisory Group, he has consulted on the content of the Regenerative Agriculture degree.
Dr Charles Massy
Author and regenerative farming revolutionary, Dr Charles Massy, is a well-known grazier from Cooma in the southern NSW. A man, who through a paradigm shift in a very tough drought, realised the limitations of conventional and industrial farming, has gone on to become a well-respected author and academic.
Charles has authored several books, including Breaking the Sheep’s Back and the best-selling Call of the Reed Warbler. Dr Massy, as a member of the Alliance’s Industry Advisory Group, has shared his valuable lived experience and research with the Alliance and to the direction of Southern Cross University’s world-first degree in regenerative agriculture.
Kerry Cochrane, President of the Australian Institute of Ecological Agriculture Cooperative, has been instrumental in designing this regenerative agriculture degree.
A passionate educator, Mr Cochrane has paved the way in ecological education and as a thought leader in human ecology. A former rural reporter and course coordinator at Charles Sturt University, Kerry currently teaches into their postgraduate program.
Kerry is passionate about promoting the ecological approach to life as a key strategy in mitigating against climate change
Lorraine Gordon is the founder of the Regenerative Agriculture Alliance based out of Southern Cross University. As Director of Strategic Projects at Southern Cross University and Associate Director of the University’s Centre for Organic Research, Lorraine acts as a conduit between industry and research, delivering sustainable and regenerative agriculture solutions nationally. Lorraine has been instrumental in bringing together leaders in regenerative agriculture to create and champion the development this world-first degree.
Lorraine is a beef cattle trader at Ebor in the New England Tablelands and was awarded the 2018 Rural Community Leader of the Year for Australia and was a 2019 nominee and finalist for Australian of the Year for her work with farmers