WA farmers getting the ‘good oil’ on soil health

Media Release

JM041/2018

15 March 2018

Joint release with:

Rick Wilson

Federal Member for O'Connor

Mike Christensen

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

  • Agricultural conference Talkin’ Soil Health 2018 starts in Katanning, WA
  • Promotes knowledge and skills in innovative and sustainable practices
  • The Coalition Government invested $26,160 in the project

Farmers at today’s Talkin’ Soil Health 2018 conference in Katanning, Western Australia, will get a new look at the latest agricultural research and cutting-edge techniques over the next two days.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the conference is the second of two held in regional Western Australia following Tuesday’s event in Dalwallinu to promote recent breakthroughs in sustainable agriculture. 

“The Talkin’ Soil Health 2018 conference will bring together farmers, researchers and industry representatives to discuss key issues and engage in practical workshops designed to drive innovation and competition in this crucial industry,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The agricultural sector is the backbone of the national economy and WA punches above its weight, contributing more than an $8 billion to the national finances. Soil health is major building block of the industry’s long term success.”

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the around 150 attendees expected to attend the conference would also have the opportunity to connect with people in the industry they might not otherwise meet.

“The conference’s program provides for a rich mix of presentations, seminars and workshops on a range of major issues affecting farm production including pest and disease control and new methods, products and techniques for improving crop yields,” Mr Wilson said.

Sustainable Agriculture & Climate Change Planning Program Manager for the South West Catchments Council, Mike Christensen, said funding for the conference provided through the Building Better Regions Fund enabled the organisers to arrange for the Director of Integrity Soils, Nicole Masters, to address the conference.

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

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