If you ‘dig the earth’, then you’d better book your tickets for the highly anticipated Talkin’ Soil Health conferences – coming-up soon in Dalwallinu (on 13 and 14 March 2018), and Katanning (15 and 16 March).
These two-day conferences have once again been organised by NRMWA – the collective seven Natural Resource Management groups of Western Australia – in a bid to improve soil health on farms right across the State.
The first day for both events will be set-aside for formal presentations, with the second day focusing more on action – with soil health field trips and workshops. Conference participants will hear from a number of experts in the field of soil health – including Phil Ward (CSIRO), Steve Davies (Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development), Lukas van Zwietan (Soils CRC), and a number of local farmers.
The field trip for the Dalwallinu conference will include a trip out to the property of local farmer (and current NACC NRM Region Soil Champion) Stuart McAlpine – to take a closer look at what Stuart and Wide Open Agriculture have been working on.
The Katanning conference field trip will head-out towards Borden to look at some of the research that Dean Revell has been undertaking, before checking-out some soil trials near Gnowangerup.
While the information sessions, key note speakers, and field trips featured on both days will surely be the main attraction for many attendees, the Saturday night dinner event also looks set to be a highlight.
Guests will be treated to a delicious sit-down meal, and a drink or two to start the evening, before a presentation by none other than ABC Landline presenter and conference MC Pip Courtney.
Her presentation will largely be based-on questions that have been asked by conference attendees themselves. When registering for the conference at www.soilhealth.com.au one of the boxes that delegates will need to fill-out is ‘What is one question that you would like to ask Pip?’
Not only will delegates hear Pip’s answers during her dinner presentation, but there will also be time to catch-up with all of the other participants in a more social setting. All the keynote speakers, and many of the other speakers, will be attending so there should be many opportunities for delegates to pick their brains or even give them some ideas about what trials and demonstrations they think should be happening.
It is going to be a fun-filled information-packed two days, so those interested are urged to get their tickets soon. Registration is online at: www.soilhealth.com.au
These events will be supported through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and the Building Better Regions Fund.