The seven Natural Resource Management groups of Western Australia have joined forces to once again present the highly anticipated Talkin’ Soil Health conference.
This year the conference will feature two events at separate locations – one in Dalwallinu (on 13 and 14 March 2018) and one in Katanning (15 and 16 March).
During the events, participants will have opportunities to share soil knowledge, discover innovations in soil research, and learn about new soil technologies.
This information will undoubtedly prove to be useful to improve soil health on farms right across the State.
Conference organisers have set the scene for an exciting series of events, having secured well-known ABC-TV presenter Pip Courtney – from the popular Landline program – a the MC.
Among the line-up of excellent keynote speakers who will be presenting at the conference include renowned agro-ecologist Nicole Masters and national soil health champion, the Honourable, Major General Michael Jeffery.
Nicole Masters is the Director of Integrity Soil and an agro-ecologist, social ecologist, system thinker and qualified educator. Nicole is passionate about returning the control of nutrients, soil, crop and animal production back into farmers’ hands, and works with natural systems to improve nutrient recycling and reduce inputs.
The Honourable, Major General Michael Jeffery founded Soils for Life– an Australian, not-for-profit organisation that encourages the adoption of regenerative landscape management practices. The organisation works to restore landscape health and produce quality and nutrient dense food and fibre.
Natalie Williams (CEO, Soils for Life), Dr Michael Crawford (CEO, Soil CRC), Dr Lukas Van Zweiten (Soil CRC), Dr Elizabeth Peterson (DPIRD), and Tim Overhue (DPIRD) will also be presenting during the conferences, as will local farmers from the regions.
Each event extends over two days, and will be jam-packed with concurrent presentation sessions, followed by field walks and workshops.
During the first day there will also be the presentation of the 2018 Soil Health Champions – which will be accompanied by a short video explaining why each Champion has been awarded the title, and what they are doing on their farms to increase soil health.
For more information on the conference, or to register your attendance, please visit https://www.soilhealth.com.au/.
NRMWA and the participating WA NRM regional groups would like to thank all of the sponsors supporting this year’s conferences. These include the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF), Bendigo Bank, Redgate Lime and Earthworking, Soils for Life, MLA, and Intuit Earth Pty Ltd.