Rocky fo­rum set to tackle ag dis­eases

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Zhanae Con­way-Dodd zhanae.con­way-dodd@cap­

MICK Alexan­der knows the solutions to the prob­lems that farm­ers face lies in healthy soil and bal­anc­ing nu­tri­tion.

The Rocky lo­cal, who held a work­shop last year with world class sci­en­tists, wants to share agri­cul­tural knowl­edge again sur­round­ing agron­omy solutions.

With de­mand for knowl­edge higher than ever, Agri­cul­ture and Hu­man Health Solutions Fo­rum or­gan­iser Mick said he was ex­cited to ex­tend the work­shop to two days.

“The fo­rum is two days, the first day is solutions to agri­cul­tural dis­ease and weed prob­lems,” Mick said.

“It is all the prob­lems farm­ers face but gen­er­ally the so­lu­tion peo­ple give is poi­son in a drum but the fu­ture so­lu­tion won’t be poi­son in drums it will be bal­anc­ing nu­tri­tion.”

While the first day will fo­cus on solutions to agri­cul­tural prob­lems, the sec­ond day will see guest speak­ers ex­plore hu­man health solutions and be at­tended by some of the world’s best minds who will present the most im­por­tant solutions to agri­cul­tural prob­lems be­ing tack­led by farm­ers to­day.

“We’ve ac­tu­ally got the world’s num­ber one sci­en­tist com­ing over, pro­fes­sor Don Hu­ber,” he said.

“He has 55 years of re­search ex­pe­ri­ence into pathogens and bio-con­trol.

“He was the go-to man for the Amer­i­can gov­ern­ment when they had a bio-wel­fare out­break or prob­lem.

“His ex­per­tise is sec­ond to none in the world.”

Dr Don Hu­ber will be joined by other guest speak­ers in­clud­ing Dr Dana Stan­ley, Graeme Sait, Dr Judy Car­man, Kim Kruse and Dr San­drine Makiela.

All of the speak­ers will dis­cuss strate­gies to im­prove dis­ease sta­tus, op­tions for hu­man, food and soil health and how to build healthy soils and healthy crops.

Dr Don Hu­ber and Mick Alexan­der at the fo­rum last year.

its link to agri­cul­ture. Mick said the fo­rum would

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