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Compost Discussion a Hit in Wongan Hills

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Sustainable Industries

Bio-amendments, claying and compost were the talk of the town at our event in Wongan Hills last month.

Forty people came out on March 18 to hear from farmers, compost producers and experts in the field.

Speakers included farmer Rob Grylls, talking about his recent trial of composted chicken manure as a fertiliser in Gabbin, fellow farmers Stuart McAlpine and Trevor Syme, natural fertiliser consultant Ken Bailey and composted chicken manure producer Alex Cocking.

We were especially pleased to hear from participants who said they would like to investigate some of the techniques discussed at the forum further.

“Having a forum where you can see a range of different systems and get some open discussion happening, the participants said that was really valuable,” Wheatbelt NRM program manager Felicity Gilbert said.

“They also pointed out that NRM is a really good forum to get these dialogues happening.

“Our events can provide a space for people to talk about a range of different farming systems that all come under the heading of sustainable agriculture.”

Gilbert said participants appreciated farmers providing their real world experience of how bio-amendments, claying and compost had influenced soil health and economic outcomes.

Our next free sustainable agriculture event takes place at the UWA Future Farm in Pingelly on April 21.

To sign up contact Bonny Dunlop at bdunlop@wheatbeltnrm.org.au or call 9670 3132.

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