Join us for a farm day out and learn all about organic grain production and storage
As part of Organic Grain Storage Day, we will be visiting two organic enterprises within Southeast Queensland, followed by networking drinks in Dalby later that evening.
Thursday 30 March 2023
9am – 4.30pm: Day Tours
5pm – 7pm: Networking Drinks
The day will start at Country Heritage Feeds with an update on Domestic Regulation by Niki Ford, CEO of Australian Organic, and an introduction to solo advisory services by Casie O’Brien.
This will be followed by Philip Burrell from the Department of Primary Industries, who will be talking about organic grain storage techniques. Learn how to preserve your grain, which is even more important now during this wet period after prolonged droughts.
Ron Phillips will then give a tour of Country Heritage Feeds, including a talk about value adding grain products through animal feed. Country Heritage Feeds is the largest processor of organic animal feed in Australia!
Lunch will then be generously provided by Country Heritage Feeds, before participants will make their way to Karana Organics near Dalby.
At Karana Organics, hear a lecture from Farm Agronomy’s Ian Moss on soil health and grain profitability. Converting to organic is more than just ceasing pesticide use; this session will inform on how to change your production systems to maintain yield whilst ceasing artificial inputs.
Karana Organics is a 571-hectare mixed cropping and livestock property near Dalby. It is owned by Graham Back and has been in the family for multiple generations. He has mostly been growing popcorn, mung beans and wheat. He still uses many techniques instilled in him from his grandfather, before pesticides were an option for farmers.
All tours and presentations are interactive and questions are encouraged throughout the day! We invite all participants to the Criterion Hotel in Dalby for networking drinks from 5pm to 7pm to further discuss the day’s events and collaborations.