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More than 200 cubic metres of free compost is being made available to northern rivers farmers who are willing to be part of an on-farm trial supported by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

DPI is looking for four farmers who will use the compost in their agricultural system and monitor the soil carbon benefits over time as part of a major scientific trial.

‘The initiative is part of a three-year Action on the Ground project looking at the soil carbon benefits of applying compost to agricultural soils,’ said DPI compost specialist Virginia Brunton.

‘The participating farmers will be required to do some basic field monitoring, keep records and hold demonstration days – to show the outcome of their compost applications.

‘We will also do soil tests of the treated blocks and other areas of the farm.’

Ms Brunton said northern rivers farmers are invited to attend a free one-day workshop at Tabulam on Wednesday November 14 to find out about the project and to register their interest.

‘It will also be a hands-on and informative day for anyone wanting to hear about using compost in agricultural systems,’ said Ms Brunton.

‘Expert speakers will cover information on what makes a good compost and the benefits of building soil carbon.

‘Participants will be given the opportunity to learn sampling and monitoring skills to use on their own properties.’

Presenters at the workshop include Ms Brunton, industry development officer Darren Fahey, a representative of the compost industry body, Australian Recycled Organic Association, and Abigail Jenkins, DPI soil advisory officer.

Anyone wanting to attend is asked to RSVP by Monday November 12 to Virginia Brunton on 0438 496 834 or Abigail Jenkins on 0429 159 482.

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