"We're getting them all up on stage," says Mike Burgis from Conservation Farmers Inc. in Queensland.
"You'll hear speakers from Australia and overseas present the latest advances in profitable and sustainable farming systems, from stubble management and quality assurance to opportunity cropping and climate forecasting."
He's talking about the National Conservation Farming Conference and Tour, which offers a wideranging appraisal of the current state of conservation farming through two days of seminars and three days of field trips in both southern Queensland and northern NSW.
Centred on Toowoomba, the conference consists of a week of activities, 15-19 February 1999, that begins and ends with tours of the Darling Downs and the border region.
The latter tour through southern Queensland and northern NSW is being hosted by the Moree Conservation Farmers Association.
An optional Southern Tour, hosted by the Central West Conservation Farmers Association, will depart Moree on 20 February and travel through the Macquarie Valley, then on to the Parkes Machinery Field Days on 23 and 24 February.
Guest speakers include:
- Professor Richard Bawden, Director of the Centre of Systemic Development at the University of Western Sydney, speaking on Agriculture, the big picture'
- Mr Randall C. Reeder, University of Ohio, on 'Minimum tillage equipment
- Dr Maxwell Whitten, FAO Manilla, on 'Alternative IPM strategies', and
- Dr Jim Pratley, Charles Sturt University, on 'Allelopathy — exploring its agricultural potential'.