Agricultural forum to feature esteemed guest Major General Michael Jeffery

The Productive Farming Future Forum, being hosted in Coorow on 10 February 2016, will feature esteemed guest, Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery.

Major General Michael Jeffery AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC, will return to his home state of Western Australia to present as a keynote speaker at the upcoming forum, as well as chairing the panel session which will open up the conversation to forum attendees.

Australia's first Advocate for Soil Health, Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery.
Australia’s first Advocate for Soil Health, Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery.

General Jeffery is a retired senior Australian Army officer, a former Governor of Western Australia and Governor-General who now fulfils the role of Australia’s first Advocate for Soil Health.

General Jeffery will focus his presentation at the forum on the subject of his passion – soil, and the need to look after this valuable resource in order to enable the sustainable production of healthy food and fibre – an issue that is increasingly relevant in the face of climate variability.

General Jeffery promotes taking ever more care of the soil on which we rely and maintains that “to save the planet we  must save the soil”.

General Jeffery will detail the reasons why it is crucial to look after the soil, along with why food, fibre and water security  will be a major contributor to future national and international stability.

Event spokesperson and NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe said: “It is a great honour to have someone of General Jeffery’s standing, knowledge and experience attend a regional forum such as this, and it presents a great opportunity for regional land managers to hear General Jeffery’s insights into the links between soil health and climate change first-hand.”

The Productive Farming Future Forum will be held on Wednesday, 10 February 2016, at the Coorow District Hall, from 9.45am to 3.30pm.

The event is free, however registrations are essential for catering purposes.

To register, visit the Eventbrite link, or for more information about the event, please contact NACC’s Regional Landcare Facilitator or call 9938 0105.

The forum is organised by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s NRM Planning for Climate Change Fund, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, and the Western Australian Royalties for Regions. It is supported by the Mid West Science Engagement Group and Inspiring Australia.

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