A bumper crowd of over 250 people attended the Yass Area Network seminar on the subject of soil carbon and soil health where Paul Taylor spoke on composting. Interest in the seminar was widespread with people coming from as far as Western Australia. ABC Rural reporter Sarina Locke was MC and kept everything running smoothly. Greg Northover opened the seminar with a brief welcome followed by an Introduction by Chair of the MCMA Board Lee O’Brien.
Patrick Francis of Australian Farm Journal gave the opening address then Dr Christine Jones gave the keynote address on the soil food web and the importance of organic carbon. Other topics addressed on the day include biological farming, NSF, vermiculture, biodynamics, and pasture cropping. Dr Maarten Stapper drew the event to a close with the key principles for successful implementation of the day’s key themes.
YAN president Greg Northover was delighted with the interest and attendance at the seminar. “YAN strives to be a voice for the community and to help bring issues to the forefront that affect the community and we feel that we have done this today with our seminar. I believe that the turn out today demonstrates that soil carbon is a big issue for local farmers and landcarers and I am pleased that we have all learnt a lot more about these issues here today.”
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