NRM North has organised a diverse farming forum at Longford

Diverse approaches to farming will be considered at NRM North’s regenerative farming forum at Longford on Saturday.

FARMING DIVERSITY: Martin Royds and Jeff Pow are keynote speakers at the regenerative farming forum. Picture: Supplied

FARMING DIVERSITY: Martin Royds and Jeff Pow are keynote speakers at the regenerative farming forum. Picture: Supplied

New South Wales grazier Martin Royds and Western Australian poultry farmer Jeff Pow will be the keynote speakers at the forum.

NRM North has collaborated with NRM South and Cradle Coast NRM to present the forum, which is funded through the National Landcare Programme, NRM North regional Landcare facilitator Peter Heading said.

“It’s a good time for Tasmania’s rural community to hold such an event looking at the different enterprises that are operating here and how diversity can help build resilience in the community,” Mr Heading said.

“This will be an opportunity for people to exchange ideas and expertise and develop the confidence to consider such enterprises,” he said.

Tasmanian farmers will also talk about their diverse farming enterprises at the forum, including:

  • Conversion to organic dairy and beef operations
  • Pastured poultry
  • Holistic grazing methods
  • Organic grain production
  • Large-scale bulb production
  • Biological farming and blueberries
  • Large-scale herb production.

North-West dairy farmer Geoff Atkinson will speak about his organic farm at the event.

“The mindset today about organic production is very different to previous perceptions. For instance, there are better products available and the industry is much more professional and can also provide expert advice on making the conversion,” Mr Atkinson said.

“Downstream processors have been getting into the market due to consumers demanding it and are willing to pay a good price for the product,” he said.

The regenerative farming forum is at Riverlands Centre on Wellington Street, Longford, between 9am and 5pm on August 12.

Tickets are $25 per person from NRM North at admin@nrmnorth.org.au.