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

THANK YOU for your contributions to the 2016 conference - hope to see you next year!

CONTACT US

 

Fiona George

Regional Landcare Facilitator

ph: 0488 702 203

or email fiona.george@terrain.org.au

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

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28TH

 

Registration desk open from 7.00am, Cairns Convention Centre 

 

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

Tour 1: Biodynamic-Organic Bonanza - Mungalli Creek Biodynamic Dairy, Rainforest Bounty rainforest fruits/cooking school, and organic vegetables/cattle, across the central and southern Atherton Tablelands. With host Adam Collins and Wayne Rankine, local biodynamic and organic farmers. Departs Cairns Convention Centre 7.45am and returns 4.30pm. Cost $110 incl GST

 

Tour 2: Weird and Wonderful Tropics - Broken Nose Vanilla, banana soil health thru composting and (very!) exotic tropical fruit, on the tropical coast. With host Dave Hardwick, agro-ecologist, Soil Land Food. Departs Cairns Convention Centre 7.45am and returns 4.30pm. Cost $110 incl GST

 

Tour 3: Saving the Reef with Biological Approaches - harnessing microbes for N use efficiency, no-chemical limes and revolutionary strip tillage technology in corn/potatoes/maize rotation, from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands. With host Kym Kruse, RegenAG.

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

 

5.30pm-8.00pm: Conference Expo, Cairns Convention Centre

 

6.30pm: Conference welcome event, Cairns Convention Centre

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

 

8.00am-8.00pm

Conference Expo open: 42 exhibitors with biological farming products, services, machinery and literature 

9.00am-10.30am

Plenaries: 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

IN THE TOOL BOX Gabe Brown, Dean Metcalf/Graham Lancaster, Graeme Hand/Bernard Doube, Shane Fitzgerald/Richard Llewellyn/Barrie Mackay, Don Murray/Vic Galea, Bob Shaffer, Peter Prentice/Graeme Sait

You can change your soil: Five elements of a healthy soil

 Disease-suppressive soils and advances in soil testing for biological farming

Beetles, dung, sustainable pasture and profit

Integrated biological approaches for improved soil and crop health

Non-chemical weed management in horticulture and grazing

 

Cover cropping for pest and nutrient management

Silicon and other amendments – a balanced diet for your soil biology

12.45pm-1.45pm

LUNCH

1.45pm-2.45pm

Plenary: Soil good enough to eat - marketing "clean" food, with four local businesses.

2.30pm-3.30pm

Plenary: Soil microbes as power brokers in the international arena, Brajesh Singh

3.30pm-4.15pm

Plenary: Future visions - transforming food production outcomes, with Nicole Masters and friends.

4.15pm-4.30pm

Final words and conference close.

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

 

Workshop 1

Putting the profitability back into farming and ranching

 

Gabe Brown

Cost $110 (incl GST)

Workshop 2

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

Dave Hardwick

Cost $110

Workshop 3

Building Soil Health in Sugar Cane with Grasses, Legumes and Herbs

Bob Shaffer and Simon Mattsson

Cost $110

Workshop 4

Holistic grazing management

Graeme Hand

Cost $110

Main lecture theatre

The Cairns Institute

James Cook Uni campus

Lecture room and in the paddock

The Cairns Institute

James Cook Uni campus

Savina property

250 Lower Freshwater Rd,

Kamerunga

Woodleigh Station,

Kennedy Highway

Ravenshoe

Bus will transport participants to and from Cairns Convention Centre

Dep 9.00am returns 3.30pm

Bus will transport participants to and from Cairns Convention Centre

Dep 9.00am returns 3.30pm

Bus will transport participants to and from Cairns Convention Centre.

Dep 9.00am returns 3.30pm

Bus will transport participants to and from Cairns Convention Centre. Dep 7.30am return 5.00pm

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.

 

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

 

7.30am

Registration desk open

8.00am-8.00pm

Conference Expo open: 42 exhibitors with biological farming products, services, machinery and literature.

8.45am

Conference welcome

9.20am-10.45am

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

10.45am-11.30am

MORNING SMOKO

11.30am-1.00pm

EDUCATORS AND ACADEMICS EXPLAIN Gabe Brown and Bob Shaffer (USA), Nancy Schellhorn with Karen Thomas, Brajesh Singh/Ash Martin, Marcus Bulstrode with Rise Above, Lukas van Zwieten/Michael Rocca

Holistic farming system integration for pest, disease and nutrient management

Up close with microbes in agriculture

Make the best compost for your system – aerobic or fermentative

Pests or friends: insect ecosystem services/insectaria at work in Victorian horticulture

The health of soil and mineral balances

Delivery by drone: targeted pest

and weed control

Biochar laid bare

1.00pm-2.00pm

LUNCH

2.00pm-3.20pm

CHALLENGE AND CHANGE IN BIOLOGICAL FARMING Australian farmers tell their stories from WA to the Barossa, from Victoria to northern NSW, from Queensland’s western downs to the far north.

Harvesting knowledge and system change in sugarcane farming

QLD

Cooperative sustainable dairying in VIC + fast track to conversion in tropical  dairying

QLD

Minimum till and CT systems for

grain and cotton country QLD,

with Niffty Ag

from the US

Harnessing nature’s forces in healthy horticulture - vines, subtropical fruit and bugs SA and NSW

Bananas grown for family and environment, QLD

Pasture management for water efficiency, erosion control and resilience

VIC and QLD

Building soil health for healthy crops, animals and people - integrated sheep and cropping WA and NSW

4.00-5.00pm

Plenary: The Future with Biologicals, Denise Manker, Bayer Crop Science

6.30pm

Drinks and dinner on the terrace

KEY DATES

 

Early bird until 7th August

$225 plus GST

 

Late registration from 8th August

$350 plus GST