Confarm 01: challenging and dynamic

A futurist, business and social strategist whose family trading interests have run from computers to lingerie will add a stimulating edge to the speaker list at Conservation Farmers Inc's (CFI's) Confarm 01 Conference and the planter and sprayer expo in Moree on 25-26 July.

Ian Lin is managing director of the Sydney-based Quo Vadis Consulting Group, which advises government and private enterprise clients. CFI manager Mike Burgis said Dr Lin challenged and entertained his audience when he was feature speaker at the AgForce Future Farming Expo at Dalby Agricultural College last year.

"I expect him to be just as refreshing and dynamic at Confarm 01," Mr Burgis said.

"Dr Lin has a clear vision for Australia, believing we are on the cusp of something great, provided politicians are creative and effective in realising a positive trading environment and a first-class education system.

"Another speaker certain to challenge growers at the conference is Pam Pittaway, a soil scientist from the University of Southern Queensland's National Cent? for Engineering in Agriculture.

"Dr Pittaway has been working with farmers, graziers and intensive livestock industries on microbial interactions in plants and soil and is keen to develop partnerships with producers to continue to build knowledge of these complex soil systems."

Other speakers (and their subjects) at Confarm 01 include:

  • Moree consultant Dallas Parsons: 'Glyphosate resistance is here. Can we manage it?'
  • Rob Albert, farmer and Narrabri catchment manager for the Department of Land and Water Conservation (DLWC): 'Conservation farming'
  • Coonamble's John Single, who started zero-till/controlled-traffic farming in 1986 and now has his entire property under conservation farming: 'Matching crop and soil water-use efficiency'
  • DLWC's resource information manager for the Barwon Region, Ross Beasley: 'Salinity issues in northern NSW and southern Qld'.

Mr Burgis said panels at Confarm 01 would provide stimulating discussions on two highly pertinent subjects for farmers:

  • 'Where to in regional farming systems?' with Spring Ridge Nuffield scholar David Brownhill, the Walgett Sustainable Agriculture Group's Jim O'Brien and Heather Sharpe, from Millmerran in Queensland
  • 'Farm fuel prices are $2.50 net on-farm in 2010... a hypothetical', to be chaired by former Pulse Australia chairman Allan Hunter, with panel members Dennis O'Brien, David Brownhill, John Single, Dr Lin, Moree farmers Mike Ledingham and Jack Gooderham, and NSW Agriculture's Rebecca Lines-Kelly.

For further details contact:

Conservation Farmers Inc, Toowoomba, Qld 07 4638 5356, fax 07 4632 2689, email

Program 4.1.4

Contact: Mr Mike Burgis 07 4638 5356

Region North, South, West