Opportunity to hear from natural biological farming systems advocate

23 February 2017

Renowned Australian soil scientist and farming systems agronomist Dr Maarten Stapper will be back on local soil this March, championing the benefits of natural biological farming systems.

Dr Stapper advocates reducing the use of traditional chemicals on our soils, as these can be harmful to natural systems and soil biota – particularly the important microbes that live in our soils. Dr Stapper’s work focusses on helping farmers and industry professionals gain a better understanding of the importance of soil biology and the benefits it brings to soil health and farm production.

Dr Stapper will be the keynote speaker at a Soil Restoration Farming event (being organised with the help of local farmers in the NAR) in Dandaragan on 7-8 March at the Dandaragan Recreation Centre. The event is open to the community.

The event will also showcase a number of natural management systems already being used by local producers that have contributed towards healthier soils on their land and greater profitability for their farms.

NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe says that as the level of interest in biological farming increases, more questions have been arising from farmers about how close to truly “sustainable agriculture” this type of farming actually is.

“I urge landholders in our region take advantage of this great opportunity to find-out more about the methodology, to make the level of “sustainability” assessment themselves, and to learn more from Dr Stapper and get the answers they are seeking around biological farming,” said Mr Yokwe.

The fee for the event is $200. Multiple bookings (of two or more people) will also attract a discount.

For more information and to register your interest, please contact Rachelle Armstrong at soilrestorationfarming@gmail.com or 02 6020 9676 (between 9am – 5pm EST).

This event is being organised by the Soil Restoration Farming with support from the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) – through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme as part of the Regional Landcare Facilitator project, intuitEarth, Best Environmental Technologies, Hi-Tech, AM Fertilisers, C-Wise, Ecogroth, and NutriSoilLS.

Media Contact: Kym.Jefferies@nacc.com.au 08 99 380 124.


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