Biology key to healthier soil

News release
27 October 2017

A one day forum for graziers and croppers will explore how to manage properties to improve soil health.

With outcomes including improved production and human health, there’s a growing interest and appreciation of the benefits of better soil management on properties.

The forum, ‘Digging Deeper’, to be held on Wednesday Nov 15, aims to inform, engage and promote discussion on the topic of soil biology and health. The information will be of particular relevance for landholders in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, and Murray Darling Basin regions.

A range of national and international speakers will present on topics including Australia’s soils (Christine Jones), Pasture Cropping and Livestock Farming (Colin Seis) and Holistic Soil Improvement (Graeme Hand). Presentations will include workshops and real life examples.

Forum organiser Katrina Hewitt said the forum would explore ways landholders can help improve soil health for environmental, production and human benefits.

Ms Hewitt, who is Regional Landcare Facilitator with Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, said the forum is a great opportunity for landholders and interested people to increase their knowledge of the benefits of improved soil health and their capacity to manage their soils better.

“An introductory soil health forum we held in March this year was sold out, highlighting the fact that soil biology is gaining interest in South Australia, particularly with regards to production benefits and human health.

“We wanted to continue the momentum and interest with this second forum, because growers and land managers are clearly keen to increase their knowledge and skills, and be at the forefront of innovative best practice.“

Cost and registration

The forum costs $30 per ticket and will be held at Mt Osmond Golf Club. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite.

This forum is funded by the Regional Landcare Facilitator Programme through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, and supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, and SA Murray-Darling Basin, natural resources management boards.

More information

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges