Action-packed program planned for UNFS event

Action-packed program planned for UNFS event

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Intercropping plots at the UNFS and SARDI trial site. Photo: Sarah Day.

Intercropping plots at the UNFS and SARDI trial site. Photo: Sarah Day.

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Upper North Farming Systems is set to host its Annual Members Event next month, covering topics related to the theme of 'Productive and Profitable Soils and Systems'.

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Upper North Farming Systems is set to host its Annual Members Event next month, covering topics related to the theme of 'Productive and Profitable Soils and Systems'.

The event will provide up to to date information relevant to farmers and advisors in the area, and will be cover livestock and cropping related topics.

CSIRO biogeochemist Mark Farrell is the event's keynote speaker, and will presenting on soil carbon dynamics, as well as how improved agronomic systems can lead to soil health improvement.

Mr Farrell will make a formal presentation in the morning, followed by a trial site visit at the end of the day - established by UNFS and SARDI - with a soil pit inspection and discussion.

At the trial site, farmers and advisors will get a hands-on look at new pasture and rotation options, and soil improving crop mixes that may help to tackle the rising levels of root disease in the area, improve overall soil function and water holding capacity.

Other speakers at the trial site will include Penny Roberts and Sarah Day, SARDI Clare, Beth Sleep, Elders Jamestown, Jess Koch, Breezy Hill Precision Ag and Michael Eyres, Field Systems (Australia) SA.

Jamestown's David Cooper, CC Cooper & Co, will also present on the day, speaking of the enterprise's experience on establishing profitable and rewarding systems through diversification.

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Opportunistic expansion, people management and a focus on genetics are a few of the ways the Cooper family has built their Merino and cropping operation into a productive and sustainable business across five generations.

Worlds End farmer, psychologist and Rural Women's Award SA winner Steph Schmidt will present the first session of her newly-established ACT for Ag program, with four free follow up sessions online available for 10 people from the region to continue improving their resilience skills and adapting behaviours.

Michael Nash, SARDI, will present on planning for a pest resilient landscape, while Marg Evans, also of SARDI, will present on reducing crown rot.

A farmer panel will feature the highlights from the Sheep Technology Group and their actions to upgrade their flock management.

Registrations will open at 8:30am for a 9am start. The event will run all day. For further details, contact Kristina Mudge at admin@unfs.com.au or 0438 840 369, or visit the UNFS website.

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