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NEWS Sustainability progress in beef industry
Farmer growing vegetables to suit climate
Native seaweed to reduce methane emissions
Balancing conservation and farming
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS Pasture sowing field day- 11 September 2019
Practical bee hive management- 15 September 2019
Introduction to rural living- 21 September 2019
Eucalyptus ID masterclass- 21 and 22 September 2019
Bush regeneration basics- 21 September 2019
Small farm workshop- 22 September 2019
Fox trapping workshop- 24 September 2019 Grazing management for drought resilience- 26 and 27 September 2019
Native bee workshop for vegetable growers- 11 October 2019
FUNDING Community Environment Program
Evoke AG 2020 Startup Program
RESEARCH Dung beetle research
Native vs European honey bees RESOURCES
Rural living handbook Webinar series on regenerating soil health
Sustainability progress in beef industry The Intergovernmentall Panel on Climate Changereportlargely focuses on the issue of land as a critical resource. The 2030 goal for the Australian beef industry to be carbon neutral is showing progress. A recent report card shows a 50% reduction in emissions from 2005 to 2016. To read further, click HERE.
Farmer growing vegetables to suit climate
Consumers’ appetite for unusual vegetables and growing varieties to better cope with the changing climate are key reasons why regenerative farmer Christine Ballinger grows spigarello, celtuce, purple haze carrots. To read more, click HERE.
Native seaweed to reduce methane emissions A study by CSIRO shows that by adding a small amount of a native Queensland seaweed to a cow's diet, 99% of the methane can be reduced. The algae reduces the microbes in cows' stomachs causing them to pass air. Read article HERE.
Balancing conservation and farming Conservation and farming is becoming more common. Grazier Clare Cannon placed a third of her property under a nature covenant which hasn’t hurt production, rather it has added value to her farm. Read her inspiring story HERE.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
Pasture sowing field day Date: Wednesday 11 September 2019 Time: 12pm-2:30pm Cost: FREE Location: 40 Edwards Road, Richmond Lowlands This workshop is a practical and hands on paddock discussion. With experienced agronomists from Ace Ohlsson and PGG Wrightson, this workshop will provide advice on pasture selection, the importance of soil testing, fertilising and will include a seed application demonstration. To RSVP, click HERE.
Practical bee hive management Date: Sunday 15 September 2019 Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm Cost: $120 Location: Grace Springs Farm, Kulnura, Central Coast
This workshop will focus on bee hive management of Warre and Top Bar hives. Numbers are strictly limited to eightpeople. For further information, click HERE.
Introduction to rural living Date: Saturday 21 September 2019 Time:10am-3pm Cost: FREE Location: Summerlees Farm, Yarramalong
This workshop is ideal for new landholders who are looking for advice on best practice land management as well as property management. To RSVP, click HERE.
Eucalyptus ID masterclass Date: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2019 Time: 9am-5pm Cost: $60-$180 Location: Emu Plains Due to popular demand, Eucalyptus ID expert Peter Mobbs will run another masterclass in eucalyptus identification. For more details, click HERE.
Bush regeneration basics Date: Saturday 21 September 2019 Time: 9am-2pm Cost: FREE Location: Kurrajong Community Centre Landholders are invited to learn about how to apply the basics of bush regeneration on their property and about the positive impacts they can have on their local wildlife. Read more HERE.
Small farms workshop
Date: Sunday 22 September 2019 Time: 9am-4pm Cost: $190 Location: Grace Springs Farm, Kulnura, Central Coast
If you would like to learn more about running a small farm, using low cost infrastructure, looking after animals & producing your own food, then you will love this workshop. To find out more, click HERE.
Fox trapping workshop Date: Tuesday 24 September 2019 Time: 9:30am-2:30pm Cost: FREE Location: Narara Eco Village, 25 Research Road, Narara
Central Coast rural lifestyle landholders and government officers are invited to learn about how to control foxes using best practice methods including leg-hold and cage traps. To RSVP, click HERE.
Grazing management for drought resilience
Date: Thursday 26 September 2019 Date: Friday 27 September 2019 Location: Grace Springs Farm, Kulnura, Central Coast Location: Hebron Farm, Lower Portland, Hawkesbury For more details and to RVSP, click HERE. For more details and to RSVP, click HERE.
Time: 9:30am-4pm Cost: FREE
Facilitated by farmers and educator, Brian Wehlburg, participants will gain an introduction to holistic management, planned grazing and strategies to help build resilience for drought. This workshop can also assist growers who wish to utilise animals as a tool to build soil health on their farming system.Registration is essential.
This workshop will explore good pollination for quality crop yields, potential effects of native bee and other insect pollinators and how to increase populations of native bees. Registration is essential. For further details, click HERE.
Community Environment Program This program seeks to support community-led environmental projects that address local environmental issues and priorities. Eligible organisations include community groups, not-for-profit organisations, environment and Landcare groups as well as schools. Applications close 10 October 2019. To read more, click HERE.
Evoke AG 2020 Startup Program This program provides exposure for startups in the agrifood tech sector through potential investment and customer opportunities. So if you have a food or fibre product that is innovative, solves big problems or is produced using better practices, apply for this program. Applications close 13 September 2019. For more information, click HERE
Dung beetle research
Building on past research by CSIRO, this five year project will aim to identify the most beneficial dung beetle species and help grow populations of acclimatised species.
Which bee is the best pollinator — native or European? It is a question researchers are keen to answer. The results show there there is not much difference in the amount of pollen that both bees transfer.
Rural Living Handbook This handbook is a guide for rural and rural residential landholders in the Greater Sydney region about land management issues, how to plan and manage a farm enterprise, as well as contact details for further advice and support.
Webinar series on regenerating soil health This three part webinar series shares information and ideas from leading figures, scientists and farmers who have implemented landscape management changes.
This project is supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.
The information contained in this publication is based on knowledge and understanding at the time of writing. However, because of advances in knowledge, users are reminded of the need to ensure that the information upon which they rely is up to date and to check the currency of the information with the appropriate officer of Local Land Services or the user’s independent adviser. For updates go to www.lls.nsw.gov.au
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