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Mallee Sustainable Farming Celebrates 20 Years

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Mallee Sustainable Farming (MSF) will celebrate 20 years at its Mildura Conference on August 7 and 8 this year, as they bring together farmers, advisers and Ag industry personnel.

With a theme of ‘Our Future in a Global Food System’, delegates will get an insight into how different sectors are responding to rapid changes in agriculture, and how this will impact on-farm.

MSF is also hoping to take a look back at the last 20 years and celebrate the progress and achievements of its members and the Mallee farming community.

“The progress with farming in the Mallee in the last 20 years has been astounding”, said MSF Chairman Ian Hastings.

“In 1997 a group of farmers and researchers came together to form an organization that would transform the face of farming in the Mallee.”

In 20 years farming systems have rapidly changed to be more sustainable through improved seeding practices, more efficient with inputs and more productive with new crop varieties.

“I don’t think 20 years ago we would have thought the low rainfall Mallee would be producing high value food crops such as lentils and chickpeas, but we are.

“Mallee farmers are to be commended on their adaptability, resilience and drive to adopt new innovation – they are amongst the best producers in the country,” he said.

MSF will celebrate their 20 year milestone with a photo competition, calling on people to share an agricultural photo from 20 years ago, and one from more recent times.

Winners will receive 2 free conference tickets including accommodation at the Mildura Grand Hotel, and will be announced July 29, two weeks prior to the conference.

To enter,  email your photos with a caption to admin@msfp.org.au by Wednesday July 25.

The photos will be compiled in to a short film and shared with the audience at the Mildura Conference over the course of the two-day conference.

For further information call Tanja Morgan, MSF Project Manager on 0429 395 918 or email tanja.morgan@msfp.org.au or head to the MSF website.

Image Source – MSF Waikerie Field Day 1998