2nd National Conference on Biological Farming Systems
THEME: Biological farming under different land uses
VENUE: Rydges Rotorua


8.00 – 9.00 a.m. - Registration (coffee and tea will be available) – Main Foyer
9.00 – 9.30am
Welcome and Conference opening (Ascot Room)
Chairperson: Mr Malcolm Short, Chairperson Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities Benefits, Threats and Opportunities for Ms Nicole Masters Association of Biological Farmers, Napier Welcome to Rotorua & Special Address Her Worship Steve Chadwick Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities 10.00 – 10.30 p.m. Morning Tea (Main Foyer)

10.30 – 12.30 p.m. SESSION 1: Biological Farming – Success Stories (Ascot Room)
Chairperson: Prof Guna Magesan, Science Advisor, Te Arawa FOMA 10.30 - 10.45 a.m. Our contribution to biological farming 10.45 - 11.00 a.m. BioAg Proof of concept: Frei Dairy case Steven Haswell & Adrian Frei BioAg Ltd, Napier; Frei Dairy, Southland 11.00 - 11.15 a.m. Measurable success from Outgro Dr Tony Joseph for Florent Cotton 11.15 - 11.30 a.m. Benefits of using a propitiatory Aloe 11.30 – 11.45 a.m. Are microorganisms the key to solving environmental issues around intensive Naturefarm Limited, Christchurch 12.00 – 12.15 p.m. N fertiliser reductions and profitability 12.15 – 12.30 p.m. Soil testing for biological farming 2nd National BFS Conference Programme_2Feb2014
1.30 – 3.00 p.m.
SESSION 2: Biological Farming - Chal enges & Opportunities (Ascot Room)
Chairperson: Reece Moors, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment Putting the ‘O’ for observation back biological and ecological opportunities Organics Aotearoa NZ, Auckland Cherryle Prew Soil Foodweb New Zealand, Roxburgh
3.30 – 4.00 p.m.
SESSION 3: Progressing Biological Farming (Ascot Room)
Chairperson: Rick Braddock, Carbon Farming Group Progressing Biological Farming – Where Prof Guna Magesan Facilitated by Ms Nicole Masters
Association of Biological Farmers, Napier 4.30 – 5.30 p.m.
SESSION 4: Panel - Guidelines/standards for biological farming systems
Chairperson: Max Purnel , Waitakaruru (Ex-Trustee, AGMARDT) • Keith Jackson (Representative, Industry) • Gifford McFadden (Representative, Farmers) • Te Arawa FoMA (Representative, Maori community) • Brendan Hoare (Chairperson, Organics Aotearoa NZ); • Nicole Masters (Representative, Association of Biological Farmers) • Charles Merfield (Head, BHU Future Farming Centre)
6.30 – 7.00 p.m.
Happy Hour – Networking (Sponsored by XXX)
Conference Dinner (Contribution from various sponsors)

8.30 – 10.00 a.m.
SESSION 5: Biological Farming & Environment (Ascot Room)
Chairperson: Te Taru White, Deputy Chair, Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities How many lysimeters should I specify? Dr Malcolm McLeod Implications of sensor networks and big Dr Oliver Chikumbo 2nd National BFS Conference Programme_2Feb2014 Measuring the profits from Biological Peter Floyd BioCarbons, their role and functions in Wolfgang Weinzettl Cropping under Bio/Eco farming system Dr Eric Kawabe
10.30 – 12.30 p.m. SESSION 6: Biological Farming – Personal Experiences (Ascot Room)
Chairperson: Tony Goodman, Renewable Energy Technologies Ltd, Rotorua South 10.30 – 10.45 a.m. The BHU Future Farming Centre 10.45 – 11.00 a.m. Biological Farming: A wider perspective Steve Clark & Angela Brooks 11.00 – 11.15 a.m. My journey of discovering Biological 11.15 – 11.30 a.m. Nutrient leaching under conventional 11.30 – 11.45 a.m. PASTURE GOATS: The role of non-milk 12.00 – 12.15 p.m. A Fresh start for some Fresh Grapes Fresh Grapes NZ, Raglan & Lincoln Univ 12.15 – 12.30 p.m. Goat farming in biological farming
1.30 – 2.30 p.m.
SESSION 7: Biological Farming – Value Addition (Ascot Room)
Chairperson: Geoff Rice, Trustee, Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities Miscanthus X Giganteus as a biofuel co- Christopher Paul Littlejohn Glen Katu Maraeroa C Incorporation, Te Kuiti Findings of the 2nd annual Workshop on Don Pearson
2.30 – 3.00 p.m.
SESSION 8: Biological Farming – A way forward (Ascot Room)
Chairperson: Mr Malcolm Short, Chairperson Te Arawa Federation of Maori Authorities 2nd National BFS Conference Programme_2Feb2014
• Nitrogen leaching under cut and carry lucerne o Dr Malcolm McLeod, Landcare Research, Hamilton • Managing Farm Waterways. . Do it once, do it right! o Louise Clark, Boffa Miskell Ltd, Tauranga • Significance of low contaminant levels in an Indonesian Guano phosphate fertiliser o Tim A. Jenkins (Centre for Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Ltd, Christchurch) and Keith Jackson (Viafos Importing Ltd, Christchurch) • Emerging biological farming in the South Pacific o Michael Smith, Organic Matters Foundation, Australia
10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. - Open to Rotorua Public – Waiariki Institute of Technology
This is mainly to promote fertiliser companies, food producers, public participation especially enviro schools etc. Others will include sustainability groups, educators etc. This will promote biological farming systems and BFRT as a leader of sustainability. 2nd National BFS Conference Programme_2Feb2014


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