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The Regenerative Soil Solution: ODPG Conference 2020
March 7, 2020 @ 8:00 am - March 8, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
On March 7 & 8th, 2020, we will be holding our Annual Conference and AGM at Lincoln University on the subject of Regenerative Farming. The weekend will consist of a full programme of expert speakers and regenerative farmers, a guided fieldtrip, and a catered menu of delicious, local organic food and wines.
***REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
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ABOUT OUR 2020 CONFERENCE: ‘The Regenerative Soil Solution’
Sustainability is NOT enough. We need to regenerate our soil functions in order to restore water, food, and health quality to New Zealanders.
Regenerative Agriculture does all of this by adopting a whole ecosystems approach – mimicking natural processes rather than trying to control or suppress them. If our current agricultural approaches were working, we wouldn’t have the water quality, farm profit and human health problems we’re now struggling with.
Farmer experience has demonstrated that regenerative farming practices can restore the soil carbon sponge for better water absorption and purification, nutrient availability, CO2 sequestration and genuine farmer profitability. Scientific evidence for this is mounting rapidly. Here in NZ and overseas, the application of ecological principles to farming is reversing erosion, flood damage, chemical contamination and global warming. Our agricultural practices of the last 80 years have exacerbated these serious problems… sustaining that approach into an increasingly uncertain planetary future is naïve.
Agriculture is a major contributor to destructive global warming through habitat destruction. It is also one of the fastest, most powerful ways to reverse it by restoring healthy function to our soils and the hydrologic cycle. Regenerative farming practices do that at low cost.
Come and listen to the cutting-edge scientists like Australian microbiologist and climatologist Dr Walter Jehne. See how South Island farmers are changing dirt to soil and creating a pathway to environmental recovery.
Climate change has been called an existential crisis – our health, civilisation, even existence is threatened. It’s our responsibility to take the actions needed NOW to restore ecological integrity to NZ’s agriculture.
The ODPG March 2020 conference speakers will explain the Why and the How of profitably regenerating the Soil Carbon Sponge through Healthy Soil Principles to grow nutrient-dense food and fibre that improves our Environment.
See how farmers are applying the USDA Healthy Soil Principles to their farming practices:
- Minimise tillage and chemical disturbance
- Armour soils with a layer of organic matter
- Maximise species diversity
- Keep a living plant in the soil
- Provide animal input
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WALTER JEHNE from Healthy Soils Australia : (Read More)
Explaining the soil/ carbon sponge. How Organic and Regenerative principles restore soil function, restore the filtering of nutrients, restore soil carbon and restore water storage; all of which mitigate and reverse Climate Change.
PAUL SMITH : (Read More)
Soil Carbon: Its role in climate change, international practice and NZ’s options.
PROF JACK HEINEMANN : (Read More)
How agrichemicals cause antibiotic resistance in disease causing bacteria.
Dr. ALISTAIR HUMPHREY :
Nitrates and Bowel Cancer
MIKE JOY : (Read More)
National Water Standards : Why Change is Crucial
PHYLLIS TICHININ: (Read More)
Soil Aggregation made Sexy – Biology vs Water Power
ALONG WITH THOSE WALKING THE TALK: LOCAL REGENERATIVE FARMERS
HAMISH BIELSKI : (Read More)
The Importance of Regeneratively-Managed Livestock to our Planet.
NIGEL GREENWOOD :
Plant health, for both Disease Resistance and Stock and Human Health.
SIMON OSBORNE :
Companion Cropping and Soil Health.
PETER BARRETT : (Read More)
Cover Crops – Don’t over-think it!
JONO FREW : (Read More)
The Transition from Conventional to Regenerative Farming Practices.
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We have TWO EXCITING, AND DIFFERENT, FARMS to visit on the afternoon of Saturday March 7th that will provide some great insights into the practical application of Regenerative and Organic farming.
Simon is an innovative cropping farmer near Leeston. He has a particular interest in soil, and will be speaking about Companion Cropping on Day Two of the conference. But on Day One you will get to see his farm first hand. You can check out his operation on this short YouTube Video.
NICKI & ROGER BEATTIE
The Beatties probably run the most diverse farming operations in the country. We will be visiting their 13-hectare experimental block at Lansdowne Valley. This property hosts beef and sheep production (producing the world’s lightest wool), cover crops, and Weka farming. It is the home of NZ Kelp (a Conference Sponsor) and Blue Pearls. You can find out about all their interesting enterprises at several sites:
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Please find more details of the programme here:
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WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS :
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Your conference ticket will include:
- Access to both full days of the conference (there are no discounts for partial attendance)
- All meals, excluding breakfast (Organic food will be served wherever possible and dietary requirements will be catered for)
- Return Field Trip Transport to the Conference Venue
- A conference pack and access to any speaker notes available
- Accommodation (Please note there is no university accommodation available, but we have secured discounted hotel rates in Christchurch close to an easy bus route service straight to campus. Details will be sent upon registration and payment).
- Transport to and from the venue from your chosen accommodation
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CANCELLATION POLICY & OTHER TERMS
Please note that your place at the conference is not guaranteed until we receive payment. Your payment secures your place, not the submission of the registration form.
Cancellation of tickets up to and including the following dates*:
- Up to Friday 3rd January: Refund of ticket costs less 15%
- Saturday 4th January to Thursday 20th February 2020: Refund of ticket costs less 25%
- Friday 21st February 2020 to Monday 2nd March 2020: Refund of ticket costs less 60%
- Monday 2nd March 2020 onwards: No refunds, unless under exceptional circumstances
* Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your reasons for cancelling.
Please note that the ODPG are not responsible for the refund of any other costs incurred, such as transport and accommodation, which are outside the remit of the organisation.
There will be no refunds for non-attendance on the weekend of the event without notice, unless under exceptional circumstances.
Late bookings will require confirmation by immediate payment so that we are able to convey catering requirements to the university.
There are no discounts for missing meals or for partial attendance of the conference.
Our programme of speakers and their presentations may be subject to changes before the event.