International soil expert comes to Staffordshire

International soil expert Gary Zimmer is to present at the first ever QLF Soils Event on 8th November. The one-day conference, held in Staffordshire, includes presentations from Mr Zimmer, focusing on the merits of biological farming, soil health and improved forage quality, as well as a farm walk.

Described as the future of food production for both conventional and organic systems, biological farming involves the careful monitoring of crops and soils to ensure highest quality outputs.

“Biological practices have seen growing interest across the world as farmers react to mounting costs, legislation, environmental concerns and consumer awareness,” says David Maxwell of QLF Agronomy. He adds that QLF has worked closely with Gary Zimmer for a number of years, and also supply him with their organic liquid carbon fertiliser, Terrafed, for his own farm.

Mr Zimmer says that it’s a fun time to be in agriculture. “Growers are increasingly interested in sustainable farm production and biological farming is a system that can help to increase yields, grow more nutritious food and forage and achieve greater profits.”

Biological farming systems work on the principle that soil function and mineral availability provide the base to improve the health of both livestock and crops. Comparing soil microbes to the microbes in a cow’s rumen Mr Zimmer states that both systems have a lot in common. “The cow and the plant-soil system works by digesting things using biology, and both need a good mineral balance.”

Mr Zimmer originally from a dairy background now operates an award winning 1,000-acre farm near Wisconsin, USA focusing on biological farming principles. He also founded and still sits on the board of a biological farming consultancy business which helps supply QLF’s Liquid Carbon Based Fertilisers extensively throughout the USA.

As well as a comprehensive talk from Mr Zimmer there will also be a crop walk, hosted by farmer Mr Tim Parton, with the opportunity for delegates to see first-hand biological farming practises.

The event is free to attend but requires delegates to sign up online using the link below: []


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John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.