‘Talkin' dirty’ at Dalwallinu's Soil Health conference

Media Release

JM040/2018

13 March 2018

Joint release with:

Mike Christensen

Sustainable Agriculture & Climate Change Planning Program Manager for the South West Catchments Council

Melissa Price

Federal Member for Durack

  • Agricultural conference Talkin' Soil Health 2018 takes places today at Dalwallinu, WA
  • Event promotes knowledge and skills in innovative and sustainable practices
  • Coalition Government invested $26,160 in the project

Rural farmers in Western Australia will get the first look at the latest in agricultural research and cutting-edge techniques today with the Talkin' Soil Health 2018 conference kicking off in Dalwallinu.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said today's event is one of two scheduled in regional Western Australia to promote innovative and sustainable agricultural techniques. 

“This conference will bring together farmers, researchers and industry representatives in remote regions to discuss key issues and engage in practical workshops, which will drive innovation and competition in this crucial industry,” Dr McVeigh said.

Federal Member for Durack the Hon. Melissa Price will open the event, and said the conference will feature presentations on promoting greater crop yields, pest and disease control as well as practical workshops on biological controls.

“It's not often we get such a diverse crowd in the one space. We expect about 150 attendees who will each have the opportunity to network and connect with people in the industry they might not otherwise encounter, and equally, explore new opportunities to get ahead in domestic and international markets,” Ms Price said.

Sustainable Agriculture & Climate Change Planning Program Manager for the South West Catchments Council Mike Christensen said the Building Better Regions Fund grant was instrumental in being able to hire Director of Integrity Soils Nicole Masters to present at the conference.

“Nicole is an internationally acclaimed expert in her field of regenerative agriculture, so having her attendance funded has been a major coup for the organisers and will provide the attendees with a very special experience,” Dr Christensen said.

The Coalition Government invested $26,160 in the project, South West Catchments Council $4,500 and South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc $23,450.