Top of the crop for Liebe Group

“Strong collaborative relationship based on genuine understanding”.

This is the underpinning message and foundation of a renewed and developing partnership between NACC and Liebe Group, the latter recently hosting the annual crop update event in Dalwallinu.

The event attracted a great turnout of participants, and featured an excellent program of speakers who covered a wide range of interesting and timely topics. These included: The impact of chemicals formulations on environment and crop safety; Commodity volatility; Outlook on top performing farm businesses; 2015 seasonal forecast; Family law and practical steps to protect farming business; GRDC cropping solution network update, and more.

Of key interest to NACC members and supporters was a fantastic presentation by Dr Stephen Davies of the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), who spoke on opportunities to improve management of water repellents soils.

Another highlight was a presentation by Mick Rose from NSW’s Department of Primary Industry, who talked about the impact of herbicide residues on soil health.

Stuart McAlpine, local Buntine farmer and NAR Soil Champion, also gave an excellent local perspective on an innovative partnership aimed at transforming the Wheatbelt into a “Foodbelt”.

NACC Regional Landcare Facilitator Stanley Yokwe who participated in the event, said he enjoyed working with the Liebe Group on this year’s Updates.

“The Liebe Group is one of our region’s vibrant ‘grass roots’ groups with a proven track record for delivering very successful “research and community engagement” activities,” he said.

“Partnering with Liebe in holding events such as this (crop update) always results in multiple benefits for our farming communities and the natural environment.”

Stanley congratulated the Liebe Group for a very successful crop update and thanked them for involving NACC in the delivery of this event and other sustainable agriculture projects.

“I’m looking forward to many more in the future,” he said.

The 2016 Liebe group Crop Update was supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, and funding from GRDC.


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