2017 Reef Catchments Soil Symposium

The Mackay Healthy Soils Symposium 2017 focused on the recognition of soil as a living medium.

Reef Catchments Regional Landcare Facilitator, Juliane Kasiske, welcomed nearly 100 participants including cane farmers, horticulturists, graziers, and members from the forestry sector.

Expert presenters spoke on a range of subjects including how to maintain and enhance soil microbial activity for productive yields on a long-term basis.

Attendees delved into the fascinating world of living soil organisms; and local landholders shared their success stories with regards to regenerating soils for sustainable agricultural production.

Speakers included Dave Hunter, Jamie Jurgens, Mandy Tennent, Dr Neil Wilson, Simon Mattsson, and Dr Terry McCosker.

Dave Hunter, Nutrient Pathways in a Natural System
Jamie Jurgens, Transitioning to Biological Farming in Large Scale Vegetable Production
Mandy Tennent, Agricultural Lime Application

Neil Wilson, Dead Stuff and Invisible Things
Simon Mattsson, Carbon the Key
Terry McCosker, Cropping Principles
Terry McCosker, Climate Session Two