AORA National Conference 2016 Wrap-up
The AORA National Conference 2016 which took place 3-5 August was a huge success and a great learning and networking opportunity for AORA members.
The first day included a Professional Training Workshop by David Hanlon. We learnt about how to promote the benefits of organic in agriculture, base on the user's needs. Undoubtedly there was a flow-on effect from the 53 attendees that improved staff skills across their diversified market base.
On day two, we heard from keynote speakers Dr. Sally Brown, Research Associate Professor from the University of Washington on Rethinking markets; and Professor Jonathan Wong from Hong Kong Baptist University about Biopesticide compost. This was followed by some back to back and rapid-fire talks and panels - so if you missed anything you can access all the presentations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Day three was a whirlwind tour on a somewhat chilly morning to see Valentine Micallef's Farm to learn about turning a compost trial into ongoing use. The 30Ha site once primarily oranges, now successfully produces vegetables. We then put on our hard hats and toured Earth Power a post production digestate. The day then culminated at the impressive Barangaroo Headland Park - once a shipping port, now a lush green space to be enjoyed by all.
2016 National Industry Awards
The 2016 National Industry Awards were held at a gala dinner during the AORA National Conference.
The awards were presented by The Hon. Mark Speakman MP, Minister for the Environment. Congratulations to the following award winners:
- Outstanding Contribution to Industry Development: Johannas Biala - The Organic Force.
- Compost User Demonstrating Innovation and Advocacy: Steve & Barbra Leisk - Do Little Farm - Molong NSW.
- Outstanding Compost Marketing: Simon Humphris - Enviromix.
- AORA Legend: Andy Gulliver - C-Wise.