Seasol is the top selling liquid seaweed in Australia, made in Tasmania and available from your local rural supply store. The company is proud of its Aussie pedigree and homegrown success.
1027 Mountain Highway
PO Box 160 Bayswater, VIC 3153
Phone 1800 335 508 www.seasol.com.au
Aus-Qual Pty Ltd
Aus-Qual Ltd offers organic auditing and certification services to sectors of the organic agricultural, processing and food handling industries and is recognised by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as an approved certifying organisation. Aus-Qual's organic program provides certification to the national standard for organic and bio-dynamic produce as well as the USDA's national organic program, and offers the following certification services: Woolworths, Coles, AWPCS, BRC, B-QUAL, HACCP, Freshcare, GLOBALG.A.P, organics, QMS and SQF.
At Rainforest Bounty on the Atherton Tablelands Geraldine grows the native rainforest fruits of the neighbouring Wet Tropics World Heritage area. Using sustainable organic farming methods, these plantations simultaneously restore the landscape for rare indigenous wildlife including the endangered southern cassowary. The fruits are made into premium condiments in traditional artisanal recipes and sold through top delis and to restaurants including Noma in Sydney. Geraldine is hosting lunch on one of the pre-conference tours at her cooking school and speaking on the value of "clean" food. Geraldine's company, Sustainable Solutions Global, is a conference sponsor.
Dr. Nancy Schellhorn - leader, Spatial Ecology Team, CSIRO
Nancy Schellhorn uses ecological concepts to address pest management problems at multiple spatial scales in agricultural and urban landscapes. She and her collaborators have developed and advanced the concept of "pest suppressive landscapes", which is a way of measuring, designing and managing agricultural landscapes for productivity and biodiversity. Dr Schellhorn joined CSIRO in Brisbane in 2005 where she is a Principal Research Scientist and leads the Spatial Ecology Team.
Dr. Dean Metcalf - BioControl Australia, Tasmania
Dean is a plant pathologist with over twenty-five years’ experience in crop disease management. Dean has successfully researched, developed and manufactured biological control agents to treat crop disease in numerous industries, including: cherries, raspberries, stonefruit, grapes, onions and macadamias. We look forward to hearing from him about how inoculated composts can help with soil-borne disease suppression. www.biocontrol.net.au
Forty-two exhibitors at the conference offer services and products for biological farming systems
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Dan Papacek - Bugs for Bugs, Queensland
Dan is an entomologist and director of Bugs for Bugs, one of Australia’s leading suppliers of biological control agents. He has been involved in integrated pest management (IPM) and has managed beneficial insect mass rearing projects since 1978. Dan conducts ongoing research and development into biological control and fruit fly management and provides contract research in the field of integrated pest management. Bugs for Bugs offers a crop monitoring service to assist growers in achieving good IPM, and has worked in both Australia and countries such as Thailand, Jordan and Morocco. www.bugsforbugs.com.au.
Microbiology Laboratories Australia
This independent lab and consultancy specialises in soil health for agriculture, forestry and environment. We apply research-based methods to provide our customers with high quality results presented in practical ways. We have developed systems and report formats that help land managers understand complex scientific information to improve management practices that may help build resilience in the ever-changing agro-ecosystem.
Phone 08 7127 8982 www.microbelabs.com.au
Joan and David Cook - organic beef producers, Dandaragan, WA
“Noondel” is 200 kilometres north of Perth in the rolling hills of the Dandaragan region. The Cook family has farmed this land for more than 100 years. Together with another nearby property called Tekynbah, the entire 7300 acres is dedicated to producing cattle for Dandaragan Organic Beef. Both properties were converted to organic in 2000, using grazing methods that mimic those of wild herding animals, perennial pastures and low stress stock handling methods. After 40 years of farming without pesticides, artificial fertilisers, hormones or antibiotics, David believes this holistic approach to farming has returned his land to optimum fertility and his cattle herd to peak health.
NutriSoil is a concentrated, broad spectrum liquid plant food produced from a unique vermiculture (worm) recycling system containing a full range of 100% plant available nutrients, rich in natural soil organisms. NutriSoil enhances the natural growing mechanisms of the plant and soil through increasing photosynthesis, feeding microbial communities and growing larger root systems.
Environmental Analysis Laboratory
EAL is part of Southern Cross Uni in Lismore, NSW. Close links with research staff allow complex investigations to be completed successfully. The lab rapidly adopts new techniques as they are developed and tested, during ongoing research. We have a strong commitment to quality assurance, providing quality work in the shortest possible time frame at commercially competitive prices. Phone 02 6620 3678 www.scu.edu.au/eal
Anika Molesworth - Young Farmer of the Year 2015, Broken Hill, NSW
Young Farmer of the Year 2015, Anika, is a global campaigner for equity for farmers in Australia and developing countries and a passionate advocate for Climate Change action. “Gen Y is an exciting generation— we have entrepreneurial flair, innovative spirit, and a desire to better the lives of those around us and across the globe. We have the capabilities and energy to revolutionize the face of food and fibre production to ensure a thriving sustainable future.” She joins Lynne Strong on Day Two.
Dr Bernard Doube - Dung Beetle Solutions Australia, South Australia
Dr Bernard Doube has extensive research experience with dung beetles in South Africa and Australia. He is also an international expert on ticks, dung-breeding flies, earthworms and the biological basis of soil health and offers workshops on soil health as well as soil macrofauna. Bernard has co-edited the books Soil biota: management in sustainable farming systems and Biological indicators of soil health. His recent book Dung down under has sold over 2000 copies. Both Bernard and partner, Loene, bring both a passion for the benefits of soil macrofauna and international experience to our conference.
Ian and Di Haggerty - sheep and wheat, Wyalkatchem, WA
Join Ian and Dianne Haggerty to hear their story of diversified pasture management. With son James, they run a holistic and integrated program of cropping and grazing over 8,000ha. The program is underpinned by their shared deep commitment to the regeneration of the fertility of the marginal soils of their area. This is achieved through use of biological fertilisers, zero tillage and the consequent growth of healthy cereal plants to deliver high tonnages of premium grain per hectare. The healthy ground cover of the cropping and pasture also provides the key to maintaining high levels of soil moisture and ensuring weed control.
Dave Hardwick - agro-ecologist and educator, Albury, NSW
Dave Hardwick is an agro-ecologist and educator with an extensive background in helping farmers and farmer groups (such as Landcare) to develop objective soil assessment tools to match their production goals. He has a gift for connecting with his audience on many levels, from turning them into microbes in his role play games to help them understand the soil food web to running extended programs for soil health with groups. Dave is also a NSW TAFE instructor. Dave has spent considerable time in the Wet Tropics and is tour guide on Weird and Wonderful Tropics, running a post-conference workshop introducing "soil psychology" and presenting on composting techniques.
Dr Vic Galea - Associate Professor in Plant Pathology, University of Queensland
Vic Galea specialises in researching beneficial fungi and diseases of vegetables, fruit, field crops and native plants. His team has developed Australia’s first ‘home-grown’ commercial bio-herbicide, utilising native fungi, that promises to be a sustainable and long-term solution for invasive woody weeds such as parkinsonia, prickly acacia, mimosa and athel pine. Vic says: “Sustainable and environmentally effective solutions in nature will enhance agricultural productivity.”
Graeme Hand - groundcover management and pasture cropping educator, Victoria
Graeme Hand is one of Australia’s foremost holistic management certified educators. He was taught by Alan Savory and has learnt much about how to use grazing to regenerate grasslands to full function, through observation and experience on his own and other people’s farms. You might have seen him in workshops with Colin Seis. As well as presenting on groundcover management in pastures, Graeme is running a one-day holistic grazing management workshop after the conference at the beautiful Woodleigh Station, near Ravenshoe on the southern Atherton Tablelands.
Jamie Jurgens opens the conference with his story of five generations of his family tending crops on about 150ha, producing tomatoes, chillis and capsicums, as well as sugar cane. The Jurgens have gone to lengths to incorporate biological farming practices into their operation and learn about soils and their properties, motivated through the need to lower input costs and to be a good member of the community. Jurgens Produce is an active participant in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's Reef Guardian program. Jamie says, ‘Don’t be afraid to believe in something natural.’ http://jurgensproduce.com.au
St. John Kent - grain farmer, Jimbour Plains, Queensland
St.John has been growing grain on the Jimbour Plains near Dalby on the northern Darling Downs for 37 years. He is a leader in the local Landcare movement and a driving force with the Jimbour Plains Growers Group. This farming group is purported to be the oldest continuous farming group in the country and is renowned for its leading role in adopting zero till and three-metre controlled traffic in the grain and cotton industry.
Tony and Leanne Kalleske - Kalleske Wines, Barossa, South Australia
In the Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first 'Kalleske' wine. The Kalleske family are active practitioners of sustainable farming. They are caretakers of the land and not only want to maintain the environment but improve it for future generations.
Graham Lancaster, Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL), Lismore, NSW
Graham moved from environmental science into analytical chemistry in the early 1990s, setting up EAL at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW. In the mid-90s Graham guided EAL into specialised agricultural analysis primarily related to organic and biological farming. Soil, leaf and compost analysis is designed to enhance soil management and encourage reduced and targeted application of inorganic fertilisers. Join Graham to hear about the latest soil biology and micronutrient testing techniques and capabilities.
Richard Llewellyn - BioResources, Queensland
Richard has been developing biological control agents and biological control mass rearing systems for horticultural use for 30 years. He is currently developing a mass rearing system and conducting field trials with Anastatus wasps, an egg parasitoid of fruitspotting bug. Richard will share his experience in biological controls.
Dr Ashley Martin - Microbiology Laboratories Australia, Adelaide, South Australia
Ash is managing director of Microbe Labs, a world leader in commercial microbiology analysis of soil, fertilisers and compost for agriculture, forestry and the environment. Ash’s broad experience gives him a unique practical skills: from orchard worker as a boy to his PhD in applied soil microbiology (Adelaide), Ash has worked as an experimental scientist (CSIRO), postdoctoral researcher (Monash), technical officer (NSW Agriculture & CSR), agronomist, farmer and nurseryman. Ash enjoys helping to make soil management more sustainable by providing tests and expertise to help manage soil microbiology - and is also a conference sponsor. www.microbelabs.com.au
Dr Brajesh Singh, professor in soil microbial biology, University of Western Sydney
Braj Singh is providing key information about the link between soil health and ecosystem functions, including farm productivity, nutrient cycling, soil fertility and greenhouse gas emissions. He has led or co-led a number of national and international initiatives including the establishment of the Global Centre for Land-Based Innovation. He serves on steering committees of two EU initiatives, currently serves on the editorial boards of six international journals, including as a senior editor, and holds honorary positions in the UK and China. Braj puts our efforts in soil health management into an international context.
Lynne Strong - dairy farmer and "climate champion", Illawarra, New South Wales
Lynne manages two dairy farms at Jamberoo by leasing land where the influx of lifestyle farmers has pushed values to $70,000/ha. Their business is a partnership between cows, landscape and community and their decisions have to be flexible to accommodate all three. Lynne mitigates against climate change by improving farm efficiency and pasture productivity and investing in enhancing natural areas which she expects to increase both productivity and profit in years to come. She says: Farmers can’t control the weather but we can control how we prepare for it.
Rob Watson & Michelle Bell-Turner - biodynamic dairy and bio eggs, Millaa Millaa, Queendsland
Meet Rob and Michelle on a pre-conference tour and hear them speak at the conference about Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy, a boutique producer of organic/biodynamic and gourmet dairy products, one of just a few A-grade certified biodynamic dairy farms in Australia. Rob says “working with nature is the key to producing top quality milk, cheeses and yoghurt”. Rob represents generations of dairy farming and says no chemicals, pesticides or fertilisers are used in their operations, with natural and homeopathic remedies used for herd health. Michelle is marketing manager and excels at promoting "clean" food.
Visit the Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy stand at the expo. Mungalli Creek are also a sponsor.