Paul Smith: ODPG Conference Spotlight

Paul has a wide range of both academic and farming experience and we’re lucky to have him coming to talk to us about :

  • What soil carbon can do to contain climate change
  • What some of the international soil carbon projects are doing
  • What we could do here in NZ with the options we have available to us.

Paul’s background is in agriculture, growing up, working on and eventually managing a hill country sheep and beef farm, gaining a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from Massey University along the way.

He moved to horticulture in 1989, growing asparagus and apples.

Paul served on the NZ Asparagus Research Committee for 13 years where his role was to act as a bridge between growers and researchers, guiding the direction of research then helping disseminate the information through field days, seminars and commercial trials.

In the apple industry he was a member of the original group of 80 growers who piloted the introduction of Integrated Fruit Production (IFP) which lead to an industry wide switch away from organo–phosphate pesticides.

Since 2008 Paul has worked on developing soil carbon projects with an environmental services company in Wisconsin, USA and recently was part of large team that designed a methodology for measuring soil carbon at farm scale in New Zealand.

Looking for ways to build healthier soils, as the key to growing soil carbon and running more sustainable systems, led to a role working as a consultant for Abron Living Soil Solutions where he has been helping his clients and learning from them for the last 10 years.

The Regenerative Soil Solution Conference 2020

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.

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