Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Explore emerging trends

The AgTrends forum is back in 2021, bringing farmers the latest emerging trends and opportunit­ies in agricultur­e on August 25 and 26.

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The Western Murray Land Improvemen­t group is inviting land users to come along and listen to their expert speakers who will introduce a range of topics from global food trends to productivi­ty to composting, hemp and biochar.

Participan­ts will also get the chance to network with other local farmers, and a post event function will follow.

Day 1 will be held at the Jeraly Shearing Shed, Moulamein from 8am to 4pm, and tickets are $75.

Guest speakers will be:

• Professor David Hughes, who will speak about the effect global food trends have on Australia’s export markets. This dynamic session will help food producers and farmers to keep abreast of consumer preference­s to help them be at the front of the pack and be ready to tap into consumer trends. Wide Open Agricultur­e representa­tives Ben Cole and Stuart McAlpine, who will share their knowledge on the way consumers buy food, broad acre cropping, and productivi­ty in a dry environmen­t. This session will share insights and opportunit­ies from the perspectiv­e of innovative farming, food production and manufactur­ing, food marketing, sales and distributi­on. Brendan McKeegan of Australian Plant Protein will share secrets to the “exponentia­lly” growing plant protein market and how APP has innovated in this area. He will provide industry insights and explore opportunit­ies for farmers to tap into these value chain opportunit­ies.

Mara Seeds’ Stuart Larrson will share innovative and creative methods to value add to your farm, along with the journey his family have taken in exploring new markets. The Larsson family have been innovating and creating layers of value to their core farm business since the 1970s and have been pioneers in the developmen­t and use of bio char, industrial hemp and compost to improve farm productivi­ty and yields on their farms and others throughout Australia.

Mr Larrson will also lead a half day workshop on day two, on the “next steps” you should take with the informatio­n you learned on day one.

He will share his experience­s on how to use bio-char and compost productivi­ty in both cropping and animal health.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

Day two will be held at Nattong on Moulamein Rd, Niemur from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Tickets are $25.

Wakool footprint residents can subsidised price.

Throughout the two day event, guests can enjoy seasonal produce from local producers served throughout AgTrends.

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