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NOTS are thrilled to confirm a range speakers for the Biological Farming Conference (BioFarm 2019) in Portlaoise on November 5th and 6th.
Many of these experts will be speaking on both days of the event. This will include their own presentations in addition to taking part in panel discussions with other biological farming and regenerative agriculture professionals from around the globe.
Dr Christine Jones (Australia – Keynote Speaker)
Over several decades, Dr Jones has worked with innovative farmers and graziers implementing regenerative land management practices to enhance biodiversity, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, productivity, water quality and community and catchment health.
Steve Gabriel (USA)
Steve Gabriel, author of ‘Silvopasture’, is an ecologist, educator, and forest farmer who has lived most of his life in New York’s Finger Lakes region. He will discuss the relationship between permaculture and agroforestry and present on a range of forest farming systems.
Rob Havard (UK)
Rob is an organic farmer and a professional ecologist working for Natural England as conservation grazing lead advisor. Rob speaks from experience, providing practical insight (including on Holistic Management mob grazing) to making ecological enhancing productivity happen.
Wil Armitage (UK)
Speaking about sustainable milk production and soil / crop husbandry, Wil questions whether organic or conventional dairy farms producing winter milk are sustainable in the future with the increase in feed and fuel costs.
Klaus Laitenberger (Germany / Ireland)
Klaus worked as the Head Gardener at the Organic Centre in Rossinver for 7 years, and has published a number of Irish Gardening Books (e.g. Vegetables for the Irish Garden). He has grown a diverse range of alternative and novel food crops mainly from the Andes region in South America for many years.
Russ Carrington (UK)
Russ Carrington runs the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) which promotes the unique quality of produce raised exclusively on pasture through the Pasture for Life certification mark. Russ brings insight into changing consumer trends and the wider environmental and animal welfare benefits that pastured livestock systems represent.
Dr Helen Sheridan (Ireland)
Dr Helen Sheridan is Assistant Professor at the UCD School of Agriculture & Food Science. Dr Sheridan has contributed multiple papers to the European Grassland Federation, including her paper on “Semi-natural habitats on intensive grassland farms in Ireland”.
Andrew Howard (UK)
Andrew is a no-till farmer from Ashford, Kent. He is a Nuffield scholar, a consultant with Abacus and is a specialist on no-till, cover cropping, intercropping and reducing inputs. After reading Graeme Sait’s book “Nutrition Rules”, he has since been experimenting with methods of soil improvement and nutrient balance to help improve farm performance.”