Liebe Group Spring Field Day: 20 Years On and Still Going Strong

About 150 farmers, researchers, industry people, students and teachers flocked to West Buntine recently to attend the Liebe Group’s 20th Spring Field Day.

Attendees were treated to more than 20 speakers and researchers who provided updates on the latest agronomy trials, varieties and technologies.

As usual with the Liebe Group Spring Field Days, visitors travelled from most cropping areas across  WA’s Wheatbelt region and some even came from as far as South Australia and beyond.

Alex Keamy, the Group’s Vice President, welcomed the visitors to the event and said while it had been a challenging season, he was thrilled with the great turn out on the day.

“It’s a very fitting way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Liebe Group,” Mr Keamy said.

Stuart McAlpine, one of the group’s co-founders who has been involved right from the beginning, said the Liebe Group SFD had become well-known and respected for its independent, non-biased trials and for giving farmers direct access to researchers, agronomists and other experienced growers.

“Twenty years is a long time for this group to be functioning and I am so pleased with the way the younger group continues what was begun many years ago,” Stuart said.

The rolling program on the day featured a wide range of speakers and information on weed control, cereal herbicide systems, national variety trials, agronomy and nitrogen management strategies, seed treatments for root disease management in wheat, control traffic farming, and comparison of tillage methods for lime incorporation.

Of key interest to NRM practitioners and NACC supporters was an excellent presentation by Dr Ben Coles of Wide Open Agriculture who spoke about their innovative farming business model that aims to support new and existing farmers to engage in diversified and regenerative farming systems.

Dr Coles said their business model is about diversification in farming to address the challenges of the ongoing climatic and sustainable land management issues, while boosting regional populations in the State’s shrinking agricultural communities.

NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe who attended the event said he was pleased to join the Liebe Group members in celebrating their 20th Anniversary.

“Liebe Group is a very proactive and successful NACC partner which has achieved great projects and delivered high quality events in the region,” he said.

“Looking ahead, I believe the future for Liebe Group is very bright.”

On behalf of NACC, Stanley congratulates the Liebe Group team and members for their 20 years of hard work, creativity and dedication, and for the great partnership with us over the years. Happy anniversary!

 

The Liebe Group 20th spring field day was supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme as part of the Regional Landcare Facilitator project. Other funding for the event came from the Elder Scholz Rural.

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