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International Lineup Confirmed For February 2002 - Dairy Soils Conference

Friday, 7 December 2001

Fert Research and Massey University are leading the way in bringing international expertise to the local agricultural sector. Some of the world’s leading authorities in soil management from the UK, Australia and New Zealand are confirmed as keynote speakers at the upcoming joint conference between the New Zealand Fertiliser Manufacturers’ Research Association and Massey University’s Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre.

The conference will focus on dairy farm soil management, with presentations including the following issues: dairy farm conversions, irrigation and drainage, conventional and organic production, soil nutrient management and greenhouse gases.

Dr Hilton Furness, Technical Director of Fert Research says the conference speakers will appeal to industry, science and regulatory interests.

“The speakers confirmed to date are of a high calibre and have a range of experience and knowledge that will appeal to anyone interested in soil management.”

The confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Keith Cameron - Professor of Soil Science at Lincoln University and Head of the Centre for Soil and Environmental Quality at Lincoln.
  • David Chadwick - Leader of the Farm Wastes Group, Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, Devon, UK.
  • Cameron Gourley - Science Leader for the ‘Soil, Water and Nutrients’ program in Victoria.
  • Alec Mackay - Senior Research Scientist with AgResearch in the 'Land and Environmental Management Group’, Grasslands, Palmerston North.
  • Ross Monaghan, Soil Scientist, AgResearch, Invermay.
  • Graeme Ward - Dairy Research Officer with the south west Dairy Research Unit of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in South West Victoria.

Dairy farm soil management is the focus of the conference, taking place in Palmerston North from February 13-14th 2002.

For more information on the speakers and their presentations visit www.fertresearch.org.nz or http://flrc.massey.ac.nz

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