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Compost for agriculture – free training for advisors

A series of Fertcare® workshops across NSW will provide insight into the  benefits and impacts  of using composts in agricultural production, and skills in advising their use alongside conventional fertilisers. This free training is aimed at agronomists providing detailed soil and plant nutrition advice. The workshops are delivered by NSW DPI’s compost specialist Virginia Brunton.

Key Topics

Compost and production:

  • soil organic matter and compost
  • soil health, environmental and nutrient benefits of compost
  • key characteristics of compost, risks and legislation.

Compost supply chain:

  • sources and products
  • possible business arrangements.

Providing compost advice based on soil tests:

  • complementing the use of inorganics
  • nutrient management planning.

Site visit:

  • view compost production
  • discuss quality control.


Each workshop incorporates a visit to a composting facility and a farm field site. Workshops run from  9:30am – 3:00pm, with lunch provided. Dates and locations are shown below.


To register and nominate a workshop location please contact Monique Thomson;

E: P: (02) 6273 2422.


Date Location Venue
27 Sept Blayney Australian Native Landscapes, Blayney
29 Sept Nowra Soil Co, Woggamia NSW
5 Oct Grafton Clarence Valley Council and JR Richards, South Grafton
6 Oct Lismore Lismore city Council Biocycle Composting Facility, East Lismore
11 Oct Western Sydney Australian Native Landscapes, Badgerys Creek
13 Oct Wagga Wagga Carbonmate, Ashfords Road, Gregadoo NSW
18 Oct Leeton C&H Organics, Leeton
2 Dec Moree* Cleanaway, Moree


Fertcare is supporting the Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) and MRA Consulting in a project funded by the NSW EPA Organics Market Development program. The aim of the grant is to support the long-term expansion of the NSW market for recycled organics in agriculture. This project will provide an opportunity to explore the addition of organics soil amendments and compost products from AORA members into your product offering, along with training on the use of composts in agriculture.


Jeff Kraak, Fertilizer Australia

Photo courtesy of the GRDC

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