Community group member recognised at successful Ag forum

Posted 24 March 2020.

In February the Mallee and Coorong Natural Resources Management (NRM) Group hosted a successful Unlocking Agricultural Potential Forum in Coomandook to discuss issues such as dry soil, livestock management and climate change, with 67 farmers attending.

Mallee and Coorong NRM Group Chair Roger Wickes said we heard from technical experts and farmers who shared practical information and their own stories, which were well received and helped make the forum a great success.

“The forum also recognised one of the Mallee and Coorong NRM Group members Jenny Roberts, who was presented with a Premiers Certificate for 18 years of Outstanding Voluntary Service, by Di Davidson Presiding Member of the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board,” Mr Wickes said.

“Ms Roberts served nine years on the Soil Conservation Board and another nine years as a member of the Mallee and Coorong NRM Group to the SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board.

“She paved the way for other women to become involved and remembers the many bus trips with the Soil Board in the 1990’s to learn about advanced agricultural practices of Victoria, which were more innovative than SA at that time.

“Congratulations Ms Roberts for a job well done.”

Topics covered at the forum included; SA Research Development Institute’s (SARDI) Agricultural Scientist, Dr Peter Hayman who presented the long term trends, drivers, outlook of climate variability and managing risk, SARDI Senior Research Officer, Amanda Pearce presented the results of a pulse check legume trial.

Coorong Tatiara Local Action Plan Independent Advisor, Felicity Turner emphasised it’s all about science in her report of the dryland salinity update of the outcomes of the saltland pasture redemption project.

Primary Industries and Regions SA, Rural Solutions Senior Soil Consultant Dr Melissa Fraser addressed the regularly asked question, do I rip, spade, clay, lime, tailor nutrient and trace element applications? And how do I get my country back into production once I have carried out my soil amelioration?

Precision Ag Specialist Daniel Bell and Nutrien Ag Solutions’ Senior Agronomist Paul Rochs presented the use of TSM technology to identify soil production constraints and CSIRO Senior Principal Research Scientist Rick Llewellyn gave an update on virtual fencing and how to maximise production on your land.

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin District Officer Steve Baltussen spoke about the many facets of support offered to landholders about natural resources management and Natural Resources South East District Officer Kym Haebich reported about feral deer and the destructive impact they are causing to the landscape.

This event was funded by the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through the NRM levies. Support has also been provided by the Coomandook Ag Bureau and Coorong and Tatiara Local Action Plan.

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