Conservation farmers link nationally

Minimum tillage, 'one-pass' proponent Jamie Grant, who's at the cutting edge of conservation farming on the Darling Downs, Queensland.

Queensland-based farming group Conservation Farmers Inc. (CFI) has linked up with conservation farming and no-tillage groups in other states to form an umbrella group, Australian Sustainable Farmers (ASF). CFI has also entered a pilot program linking it with the newly established Queensland TOPCROP groups.

CFI is a non-profit organisation, with 450 members from central Queensland to Dubbo, NSW. It encourages a whole-farm approach aimed at conserving soil moisture and preventing soil degradation. It encourages such practices as minimum tillage, new spraying techniques and cropping programs. CFI covers the whole range of farming from cropping to livestock.

CFI program director Mike Burgis is chairman of the new group. "Sharing knowledge more easily by the existence of ASF will be of great value to Australia's farmers," he said. He said the member groups (listed here) will share the knowledge they gain from researchers from Australia and abroad. The group will also contribute if there is public debate on high-yield, sustainable agriculture.

CFI has also joined forces with the GRDC-supported TOPCROP program. "We'll add another layer of communication in linking up with TOPCROP, helping get its message and information out," said Mr Burgis.

"A wealth of scientific farming information has been gathered by Australia's conservation farmers. This is a brilliant opportunity for other farmer networks to benefit from their experience," said the GRDC's commun-ications manager, Ross Andrews.

Australian Sustainable Farmers (ASF) ParticipantsOrganisationEmail Phone Fax

Micheal Burgis PO Box 1666 TOOWOOMBA Q 4350

Wayne Newton DALBY

Conservation Farmers Inc

Chairman, Conservation Farmers Inc

burgism@pronet.net.au phone 07 4638 5356 fax 07 4632 2689

Wayne_Newton@bigpond.com phone 07 4663 8180 fax 074663 8112

Bill Crabtree Muresk NORTHAM WA 6401

Geoff Marshall

Scientific Officer, WA No Tillage Farmers Association

Chairman, WA No Tillage Farmers Association

crabtree@muresk.curtin.edu.au phone 08 96901456 wk fax &ah 08 9622 3395 mobile 041722 3395

warra_kairan@bigpond.com.au phone 08 9880 0018 fax 08 9880 0038

Ray Platt PO Box 121 PARKES NSW 2870

Tim Schiffmann

Chairman, Central West Conservation, Farmers Association Inc.

Secretary, Trangie Res. Centre NSW

phone/fax 02 6863 4698

tim.schiffmann@agric.nsw.gov.au phone 02 6888 7404 fax 02 6888 7201

Andrew Harding 9 Old North Road CLARE SA 5453

Senior Soils Officer, Primary Industries & Resources SAharding.andrew@pl.sa.gov.au, phone 08 8842 3900 fax 08 88421124

Peter Berg PO Box 487 HORSHAM VIC 3402

Bob Mackley PO Box 1049 HORSHAM VIC 3402

Secretary, Wimmera Conservation, Farming Association Inc

President, Wimmera Conservation Farming Association Inc

pberg@doc.vic.gov.au

mackrc@comcirc.com.au

David Anderson PO Box 209 MOREE NSW 2400Moree Conservation, Farming Association Inc.david.anderson@ag.nsw.gov.au, Phone 02 6752 5111 Fax 02 6752 4859

Region North