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Business of the Soil Field Day

5 October, 2017 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


On October 5, those interested in the state of soil as a building block for healthy food production systems will be able to hear from two inspiring producers who farm on either side of the globe.

Rick Bieber is a no-till farmer from north central South Dakota with over two decades experience in this form of cropping. Rick is a passionate advocate of diverse crop rotations and profitability for successful no-till systems.

“Over the years I’ve come to view the soils to be similar to the skin that covers our human bodies, and residue and cover crops are like clothes on the soil,” he says. “Soils need to be protected just like the skin on our bodies”

Mr Bieber will be joined on the day by Victorian, 2015 Farmer of the Year Grant Sims for what promises to be a full day of exploration into no-till cropping and its role in the WA farming system.

The Business of the Soil Field day is by major sponsors: Sustain; The Australian Food Network, Lotterywest, the South West Catchment Council, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, Regional Development  Australia – Great Southern, Wide Open Agriculture, CBH, Rabobank, Gillamii Centre, Bugs and Biology Grower Group and Community Food Events.

The field day will be followed by dinner at Wide Open Agriculture 5:30PM to 8PM.

Cost: Per Person $120 inc. GST  / Business Couple $160 inc. GST.

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About Grant Sims

About Rick Bieber

8.30am: Registrations open
8.45: Event start
9.05 – 9.15: Bugs and Biology and Crop Trial Introduction
9.15 – 10.20: Grant Sims Grant Sims Link
10.20 – 10.45: Morning tea
10.45 – 12.30: Rick Bieber Rick Bieber Link
12.30 – 1.30: Lunch and move to paddock
1.30 – 4.10: In the field
4.15 – 5.00: Rick Bieber and Grant Sims scenario and summary
5.15 – 5.45 Tour of Wide Open Agriculture shade house with
Managing Director Ben Cole
6.00pm onwards Evening meal and refreshments provided by
Wide Open Agriculture


5 October, 2017
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Arthur River Country Club
Bokal-East Arthur Road
Arthur River, Western Australia 6315 Australia
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9862 9066


Evelyn Collin – Community Foods Events
0428 373 850
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