New Allowed Input product launched

Les Szonyi, FertAg managing director

Les Szonyi, FertAg managing director, is proud of Fertoz Agriculture Pty Ltd’s newly acquired allowed input status and looks forward to giving organic farmers an efficient source of organic phosphorus (P) as well as improving soil health and crop quality.

“FertAg 0-8-0 offers organic farmers a source of 95 per cent available P (8%) which is faster acting in acid soils than the usual sources of organic P – reactive rock phosphate and guano,” Mr Szonyi said.

FertAg 0-8-0 provides soil amendment and fertilizer together in ONE application to acid soils. It assists in increasing pH to a sustainable level whilst providing useful amounts of macro elements Ca, Mg, Si and P as well as a range of micro nutrients. It is not water soluble and therefore does not leach or wash away.

FertAg 0-8-0 works with the natural soil chemistry to digest soil acid as well as providing minerals in a plant available form. It is high in plant available calcium (23%), magnesium (10%) silicon (11%) and phosphorus (8%) and also acts as an alternative to lime.

Regular application of the organic fertilizer and monitoring through soil tests will show both improvement in soil health and greater availability of nutrients in a sustainable productive way, where also other macros such as N and K can be soil held and be more plant available.

“The science is about FertAg 0-8-0 digesting soil acid to get the soil ph (CaCl) to 6-6.5 where most macro and micro nutrients are plant available and improving CEC to buffer and stabilize soil pH,” Mr Szonyi said.

FertAg 0-8-0’s unique plant available calcium silicates have proven in conventional agriculture to strengthen and ‘sweeten’ plants whether pasture or horticultural produce. This will result in similar increases in the quality and the product shelf life of organic produce.

For more information contact Les Szonyi  (0418 158 185), or go to


How to own a farm tomorrow

Photo of: Hicks family (co-founders of Cultivate Farms) Belle, George, Tim Hicks, Thea, Rosie and Tegan Hicks Photographer: Capture By Karen

This article is part of a series focusing on how to make your organic farming dreams a reality.

There are plenty of organic food lovers out there who would, given the opportunity, stop everything and become a farmer tomorrow. The only thing is, becoming a farmer is a difficult task to accomplish. Access to capital to buy a farm is the biggest issue to overcome.

This problem is no longer the biggest barrier to aspiring farmers across Australia – Sam Marwood from a new organisation called Cultivate Farms provides one of many tactics available to aspiring farmers to own their dream farm tomorrow.

It might be an awkward discussion, but toughen up because this could lead to your dream farm.

There are farmers of retiring age out there waiting for you to ask them; will you sell me half your farm?

To make the discussion easier, take with you a fruit bun, youthful exuberance and the knowledge that there are investors out there who will back you to own a farm.

You should also be buoyed by the fact you are offering the retiring farmers an amazing succession opportunity.

Your opportunity frees up cash for the retiring family to do what they want in retirement – buy a house in town or in Noosa, take that holiday to New Zealand, all the time drawing income from their remaining equity in the farm which is being run by a new, enthusiastic family (i.e. you!).

The great news is that you don’t have to raise the 50% equity on your own.

You may already have some cash or assets that you can use to own some of the farm; a herd of Wagyu, savings for your house, broiler chickens or a tractor. This way you can go into the arrangement as the managing partner from day one.

The remaining 30-40% can be snaffled up by investors. There are plenty of people out there wanting to invest in farms and are seeking this type of opportunity which you have kindly put together out of your own initiative and handed to them on a plate.

It will be a solid investment opportunity because the hard work has already been done – you have found a farm, covered 60% of the capital requirements (the retiring farmer and yourself), maintained local expertise (retiring farmer) and have secured a young family with initiative and drive who will take the farm over and make it profitable (you).

How do you find these investors? You could spend some time Googling them or put out an ad on Facebook. Or the other option is to talk to farm match-making organisations who spend their waking hours finding opportunities like this for investors.

Cultivate Farms is one such organisation; they are a social enterprise aiming to rejuvenate regional communities by bringing young families back to regional communities. They connect young families with investors and retiring farmers to own and operate a farm together.

You could be in a powerful position to have your own farm in short period of time, if you connected with your own retiring farm and brought that opportunity to Cultivate Farms.

The agricultural industry has been crying out for new investment models to transition land between generations. Don’t sit around waiting for someone to find that solution for you – the ball is in your court. Get out there and BYO retiring farmer.

Sam Marwood is co-founder of Cultivate Farms. For further information go to or email Sam at

Please find additional articles below:

I want to be a farmer

Photo of: Belle Hicks. Photographer: Capture By Karen

How to own a farm in your 20s

Have your farm and eat it too

How to make your farming dream a reality

Visit the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) website for information on becoming a certified organic farmer at this link.

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Sulphur is as necessary and just as important as Phosphorus and is considered an essential mineral. Sulphur in plants helps form important enzymes and assists in the formation of plant proteins. This all means, the more Sulphur you apply, the higher the protein in your pasture or grain crops.

When Sulphur levels are low, grasses, because of their larger root system, will compete very strongly for the available Sulphur to the detriment of the legumes. This results in a grass-dominated pasture crop and reduced pasture quality.

Plants that are not able to intake enough Sulphur will exhibit yellowing of leaves that seems similar to nitrogen deficiency. With Sulphur deficiency, symptoms tend to show up on the younger leaves first followed by the older leaves. In plants depleted of nitrogen, the older leaves at the bottom are first affected, moving upwards.

Sulphur drives up your protein, Therefore, Sulphur =  Protein = $$$…

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