The 2-day soil biology masterclass will provide you with the core knowledge and principles to assist in incorporating soil biology and health in management practices to sustainably increase productivity and profitability.

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of the latest research in soil biology and health; the role of microbes in nutrient availability for plant growth and resistance against disease and pests.
  • Learn about the future direction of research, technologies and practices.
  • Tour of research facilities and networking dinner included in registration cost.
  • Network with our guest presenter and expert researchers.

Learn how to harness the life in your soils for better farming outcomes

Participants at our Soils Masterclasses will learn how to adopt practices and strategies to enhance the life in soils and use the power of plant-soil-microbial relationships to unlock soil nutrients, produce healthier and more nutritious plants and understand how microbes drive modern farming success.

Course outline:

A full two-day program that will expand your understanding of how new research is driving renewed interest in soil health as a function of overall farm productivity:

  • History of soil biology and agriculture
  • Diversity and functions of soil microbes that drive productivity
  • Nutrient cycling of nitrogen, carbon and other nutrients
  • Plant and microbial interactions
  • Soil fauna that influence soil biology and activity
  • Integrating soil health methods into practice

Special Guest Presenter: Stuart McAlpine

Stuart McAlpine runs a 5,000 ha farm in Buntine, in the Northern Agricultural Region of Western Australia. The property has a wide mix of soil types with Stuart mainly growing cereal crops, as well as running sheep. Stuart’s leading edge farming practices earnt him selection as the Northern Agricultural Region’s 2015 Soil Health Champion. As part of this role, Stuart recently presented at the 2015 Talkin’ Soil Health Conference in Kojonup.

What makes him different from many other farmers is his adoption of a biological farming system. In 2007, Stuart began his move from a high input conventional farming system to a more biological approach with much lower inputs.




This two-day program includes:

  • Full overview of soil health, soil biology and nutrition practices that reflect the latest, emerging research findings
  • Conference dinner with delegates
  • Conference materials and access to soil health facilities at Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury campus
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea


An ideal program for keen and innovative delegates seeking to understand the benefits of soil biology as a driver of healthy crops and healthy foods in sustainable production environments:

  • Proactive and innovative growers across horticultural and agricultural sectors
  • Consultants, advisors and agronomists seeking to unlock new value from cropping operations

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