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July 2022

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Talkin' Soil Health News

Talkin' Soil Health Event is selling fast, have you got your tickets?

1 August 2022

Our upcoming Talkin’ Soil Health event on 11 August is nearly here!  One of the many speakers include, Dr Mick Rose, a Research Scientist from NSW Department of Primary Industries - Soil CRC.  He’ll be sharing a Soil CRC project which aims to apply a range of soil biology metrics as indicators of soil health and assess their relevance to agronomic or environmental outcomes, such as crop yield, soil structure or nutrient availability. 

Keynote Speaker Announced for Talkin’ Soil Health Conference

13 July 2022

We are excited to announce the Keynote speaker for our upcoming Talkin’ Soil Health Conference in York on 11 August.  Andre Leu, International Director of Regeneration International, will share incredible opportunities available to farmers, "We can improve our farming systems, reduce input costs, increase our production levels and build resilience to adverse climate events without difficulties or major costs.” states Andre.  Andre brings global perspectives to how agriculture systems across the world are adapting to changes in climatic conditions and market expectations. 

Hear a Wealth of Knowledge at Talkin Soil Health!

30 June 2022

Dr Lukas Van Zwieten from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Soil CRC undertakes research that looks at the underlying functions that account for changes to soil resilience and soil carbon stocks.

Join him at Talkin’ Soil Health in York on 11 August where he will share some interesting findings that have been emerging and what management practices can be used to build soil carbon, even in sandy soils like we see in many parts of the West. 

Talkin Soil Health Conference – Applying Virtual Fencing Technology with Rick Llewellyn  

16 June 2022

Methods of land management on farms with livestock is changing and part of this change requires more flexibility with how we look at fencing in livestock.  Dr Rick Llewellyn, a Senior Principal Research Scientist (agricultural systems) and Research Group Leader for CSIRO will be speaking about his current work on applying virtual fencing technology, at the upcoming Talkin’ Soil Health event in August at York. 

Talkin’ Soil Health Conference Tickets – Get Your Tickets!  

2 June 2022

Tickets are now available for our Talkin’ Soil Health Conference on 11 August in York.  A line up of experts from all over Australia will be in attendance, talking about building resilience from the subsoil up. At the conference, you’ll also hear from local Wheatbelt farmers working with Wheatbelt NRM to maximise ground cover. 

A Lifetime of Learning Revealed at Talkin’ Soil Health

19 May 2022

For Emerita Professor and inaugural General Jeffery Soil Health Award winner, Lyn Abbott, her story is one of a road least travelled. Lyn chose to investigate ‘soil health’ when it wasn’t even on the scientific radar, well certainly not in agriculture at least.

Lyn has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the third element of soil fertility – biological fertility. As a researcher and educator, Lyn has sought to understand the complexity of how soil chemical and physical properties influence its living community, especially in the context of improving soil conditions and supporting plant growth.

Talkin’ Soil Health Is On – Save The Date

4 May 2022

After having to postpone this year’s Talkin’ Soil Health conference, which was scheduled for 17-18 March, we are pleased to announce given the current COVID-19 situation and easing of government restrictions, we will be holding this much-anticipated event on Thursday, 11 August 2022.   

Tickets will be on sale later in June, so save the date!    The event will be held in York with the theme “Building Resilience From The Subsoil Up”.

Stay in touch and hear about these events first by joining the Talkin’ Soil Health online community.

REstore. REshape. REnew: This year’s must-see event for soil, business and farmer health

21 February 2022


31 March 2022 - 8.30am to 4.30pm

York Racecourse, Spencers Brook-York Road, York WA

Tickets cost $100 per session or $150 for the full day (includes all meals).

Wheatbelt NRM is proud to present a day of exciting workshops about harnessing natural capital for sustainable farming futures.

REfreshed Perspectives: a practical approach to managing change in agricultural systems with Terry McCosker OAM.

This session is for anyone wanting to get off the treadmill of high fertilizer and chemical costs. Featuring a panel of six local farmers, the session will explore soil health principles. You will hear stories of success and learning from some of WA’s most innovative broadacre farmers.

REhydrate The Landscape with The Mulloon Institute

Muresk Institute will provide the backdrop for farmers to learn the tools and techniques to build landscape rehydration capacity on their own properties. If you’ve ever wanted to better read landscapes and identify water flows, this workshop is for you.

Important Announcement: Talkin’ Soil Health Postponed

9 February 2022

We have made the very difficult decision to postpone the much anticipated Talkin’ Soil Health conference, scheduled for 17 and 18 March 2022.

The changes to Western Australia travel restrictions and the challenges posed by the Omicron development prompted us to review the viability of this year’s event.

In making this decision, we explored a range of options including the possibility of a fully online event. However, the beauty of Talkin’ Soil Health is its ability to be more than a conference. It’s an opportunity for soil health enthusiasts to network, socialise and share knowledge.

Talkin’ Soil Health Returns in 2022

24 November 2021

It’s back! Talkin’ Soil Health, one of Australia’s premier soil health conferences is returning to historic York in March 2022. It is one the largest and most reputable conferences on the subject and brings together farmers, research and industry professionals.


Supported by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR), the 2022 event will work with the theme, “Building Resilience From The Subsoil Up”. It forms the basis for two days of exciting presentations, field visits and workshops.

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