program: friday, oct 28th to monday, october 31st

Registration opens early May - book your flights and accommodation early!

CONTACT US

 

Fiona George

Regional Landcare Facilitator

ph: 0488 702 203

or email info@nationalbiologicalfarmingconference.org.au

Copyright@2016 - National Biological Farming Conference. Website design by Jacqui Richards.

POST CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS The Cairns Institute (James Cook University) and on-farm

 

Workshop 1

Topic TBA

 

Gabe Brown

Cost $110 (incl GST)

 

Workshop 2

Introduction to soil psychology: dealing with your soil’s “issues”

Dave Hardwick

Cost $110

Workshop 3

Grow your organic matter

Bob Shaffer

Cost $110

Workshop 4

Holistic grazing management

Graeme Hand

Cost $110

Main lecture theatre

The Cairns Institute

James Cook Uni campus

Lecture room,

The Cairns Institute

James Cook Uni campus

Savina property

250 Lower Freshwater Rd

Kamerunga

Lecture room

The Cairns Institute

James Cook campus, and

Woodleigh Station

Kennedy Highway

Ravenshoe

Bus will transport participants to and from Cairns Convention Centre

Bus will transport participants to and from Cairns Convention Centre

Bus will transport participants to and from Cairns Convention Centre

Bus will transport participants to and from Cairns Convention Centre

We acknowledge the support of The Cairns Institute in providing its facilities for post conference workshops with our international guests and local experts.

 

Bringing together the expertise and intellectual resources of more than 20 disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, the Cairns Institute at James Cook University is a uniquely robust and vibrant hub of research, capacity building and public debate in the tropics, for the tropics.

 

 

SUNDAY, 30TH OCTOBER - CONFERENCE PROGRAM - CAIRNS CONVENTION CENTRE

 

8.00am-8.00pm

Conference Expo open

9.00am-10.30am

Climate Champions, Anika Molesworth (Young Farmer of the Year 2015) and dairy farmer, Lynne Strong

Pest Suppressive Landscapes with CSIRO's Nancy Schellhorn

10.30am-11.15am

MORNING SMOKO

11.15am-12.45pm

Concurrent sessions: bugs and dung beetles, native pastures, bioherbicides and soil biology in agriculture, elements of a healthy soil (Gabe Brown) and cover cropping with Bob Shaffer

12.45pm-1.45pm

LUNCH

1.45pm-3.15pm

Plenary: Soil good enough to eat - marketing clean, healthy food

3.15pm-4.00pm

AFTERNOON SMOKO

4.00pm-4.45pm

Agriculture 2060: a vision for the future

4.45pm-5.00pm

Final words and conference close

SATURDAY, 29TH OCTOBER - CONFERENCE PROGRAM - CAIRNS CONVENTION CENTRE

 

8.00am

Registration desk open

8.00am-8.00pm

Conference Expo open: 40 exhibitors with biological farming products, services, machinery and literature 

8.50am

Conference opens with Welcome to Country

8.50am-10.45am

Plenary: Jamie Jurgens (Bowen) and Gabe Brown (USA) 

10.45am-11.30am

MORNING SMOKO

11.30am-1.00pm

Concurrent sessions with our experts: Bob Shaffer (USA), Gabe Brown and local farmers, researchers and consultants talking Cover crops to compost, disease control to drone technology, mineral balancing, microbes and much more 

1.00pm-2.00pm

LUNCH

2.00pm-3.20pm

Concurrent sessions with Australian farmers’ stories of challenge and change in biological farming

From Western Australia to the Barossa, from East Gippsland to northern NSW, from Queensland’s western downs to the far north

Sheep and wheat, viticulture, dairying, cotton and grains, viticulture and horticulture, sugarcane and bananas

3.20pm-4.00pm

AFTERNOON SMOKO

4.00-5.00pm

Plenary: The Power of Microbes, with Brajesh Singh

6.30pm

Drinks and dinner on the terrace

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH

 

Registration desk open from 7.30am, Cairns Convention Centre 

 

Preconference tours:  Out and About  in Cairns,  Atherton Tablelands and the Tropical Coast

Tour 1: Biodynamic-Organic Bonanza - veg/cattle, rainforest fruits and dairying, across the central and southern Atherton Tablelands

Departs Cairns Convention Centre 7.45am and returns 4.30pm. Cost $110 incl GST

 

Tour 2: Weird and Wonderful Tropics - vanilla, bananas and exotic tropical fruit, on the tropical coast

Departs Cairns Convention Centre 7.45am and returns 4.30pm. Cost $110 incl GST

 

Tour 3: Saving the Reef with Biological Approaches - sugar, limes, corn/potatoes/maize, from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands

Departs Cairns Convention Centre 8.30am and returns 4.30pm. Cost $88 incl GST

 

5.00pm-8.00pm: Conference Expo, Cairns Convention Centre

 

6.30pm: Conference opening event, Cairns Convention Centre

KEY DATES

 

Early bird until 7th August

$225 plus GST

 

Late registration from 8th August

$350 plus GST

.

KEY DATES

 

Early bird until 7th August

$225 plus GST

 

Late registration from 8th August

$350 plus GST