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    Southern Cross University & SoilCare Present: Building Resilient Farms with Regenerative Principles

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    Join us for an insightful panel discussion at Primex, where Southern Cross University and SoilCare proudly present an exploration into "Building Resilient Farms with Regenerative Principles." Our panellists will explore the foundational role of soil in sustainable farming systems, emphasising how regenerative practices contribute to soil regeneration, water retention, and nutrient cycling. A veterinary perspective will highlight the importance of the appropriate management of livestock for ecosystem health and for optimal animal health and welfare.

    Meet Our Panellists:

    Moderator: Phil Dudman

    Founder, Grow your FoodΒ 

    Phil Dudman is a distinguished horticulturist and advocate for sustainable gardening. As the host of ABC North Coast's Good Gardening radio program and the Horticultural Editor of ABC Organic Gardener magazine, Phil shares invaluable insights into organic food production and sustainable practices. With his contributions to ABC Gardening Australia Magazine and previous roles as a TV presenter on Channel 9's Garden Gurus and Prime News, Phil brings a wealth of expertise to our panel.Β 

    Dr. John Grant

    Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Southern Cross University

    Dr. John Grant brings over three decades of expertise in land and soil mapping and research across Australia and beyond. With a keen focus on soil health, nutrient cycling, and agroecology, Dr. Grant's research delves into carbon sequestration, land rehabilitation, and the intricate relationships between soil parameters and plantation productivity. Join us as Dr. Grant shares his wealth of knowledge, garnered from extensive experience and ground-breaking research.

    Ross Arnett

    Malua Farm, Alstonville

    Meet Ross Arnett, steward of "Malua" farm, a family-owned legacy dating back to 1872. As a SoilCare member, Ross advocates for biological farming practices prioritising soil health, ultimately nurturing robust and resilient ecosystems. With a dedication to biodiversity and sustainable farming, Ross employs innovative techniques, including cover cropping and habitat creation, to promote natural balance and enhance orchard vitality. Discover the secrets behind Ross's thriving macadamia orchard and his commitment to ecological stewardship.

    Kieran Livermore

    Buffalo Farmer, Bexhill

    Despite facing challenges such as the 2022 floods, Kieran Livermore remains dedicated to regenerative farming practices on his buffalo farm in Bexhill, NSW. Through a blend of regenerative and biological management techniques, including cover cropping, Kieran is reclaiming and restoring his flood-affected pastures. Join us as Kieran shares his journey toward resilience and sustainability in the face of adversity, offering valuable insights into the transformative power of regenerative agriculture.

    Dr. Helen McGregor

    Senior Lecturer, Veterinary Medicine, Southern Cross University

    Bringing three decades of experience working with livestock in farm ecosystems, Helen enriches our panel discussion with insights into the interactions between soil health, animal nutrition and production, and disease prevention. As a member of the core team developing the Veterinary courses at Southern Cross University, Helen's expertise illuminates the critical role of soil health in safeguarding animal welfare and optimising agricultural systems.

    Don't miss this opportunity to engage with our esteemed panellists as they delve into the principles and practices driving resilient farming systems. Whether you're a seasoned farmer, an agricultural enthusiast, or simply curious about sustainable food production, this panel discussion promises to inspire and inform.

    Date: Friday, 17th May 2024

    Time: 11 am – 12 pmΒ 

    Location: Pavilion 1, PrimexΒ 

    *Please note that a general admissionΒ ticket to Primex is required to attend this event. Get your tickets here:Β 

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