Bio-farming forum gets down to ground-level

Get down to ground-level with compost and biological fertilisers, cover crops and integrated pest management at the annual Australian Biological Farming Conference in November.

Learn how to enhance soil health, sequester carbon, curb chemical use and improve yields at the Gold Coast event.

About 500 people are expected to attend the event from November 9-12 at Southern Cross University – walking distance from Gold Coast International Airport and beach-front accommodation.


The speaker list includes noted international speakers, as well as Australian farmers detailing real-life implementation of biological farming practices.

Keynote speaker is Jeff Moyer (The Rodale Institute, Pennsylvania, USA), a world-renowned authority in biolog ical and organic agriculture. His expertise includes organic crop production systems with a focus on weed management, cover crops, crop rotations, equipment modification and use, and facilities design. In 2011, he wrote Organic No-Till Farming, a publication that has become a resource for farmers throughout the world.

Other notable speakers include:

  • Rob Hinrichsen (Kalfresh), discussing his operation’s experience of implementing controlled traffic farming, the use of compost and biological fertilisers, cover crops and integrated pest management.
  • Michael Philips (Heartsong Farm, USA), speaking about orchard ecosystems, design, soil biology and organic soil health management.
  • Professor Carlo Leifert (Center for Organics Research, Southern Cross University), (PICTURED ABOVE) discussing organic farming and food production systems, as well as sustainable farming and food security.
  • Nick Kelly, a broadacre farmer from Western Australia, talking about his weather-resilient farming system that’s aiming to enhance soil health, sequester carbon, reduce erosion, increase moisture retention, reduce chemical use and improve crop yields.

The full program includes three pre-conference tours, the two-day conference with 25 speakers and breakout sessions, the Biological Farming Expo with exhibitors of products and services for biological farmers, and two post-conference workshops.

Save 25 per cent on registration costs by signing up with an early-bird booking – but these close on 31 July 2018. Visit

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