All field tours will be held on Wednesday 28 August 2019 departing from The Civic Theatre, Wagga Wagga.
The field tours can be booked when registering for the conference, or you can log back into your account at a later time to add a tour.
Tours are included in full conference registrations. Additional tickets can be purchased and are $95 Inc GST.
All tours are subject to minimum and maximum numbers.
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Tour 1 – Irrigation
The irrigated agriculture tour travels from Wagga Wagga westerly to Narrandera to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) known as the Food Bowl of NSW starting with a tour of a citrus and hazelnut orchard situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Continuing to the west through irrigated walnut orchards and winter cropping fields to the Yanco Agricultural Institute where research is conducted on a range of annual and perennial crops. The tour heads towards Griffith including a tour of the vineyard and cellar and a stop at a Cotton Gin. The tour will then visit the Narrandera Fisheries centre operated by DPI Fisheries providing support and advice. Finally, back at Wagga we will head to sample local beer with a tour of the beer making facilities and information from the maltster.
Tour 2 – Mixed Farming
The tour will head to an oilseed crushing facility where approximately 200,000 tonnes of locally sourced oilseeds per year is crushed and refined. The tour will then continue to Junee for a coffee break at the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory. From Junee we will travel to a local property to hear how growers integrate cropping and livestock together to maximise productivity. Heading west to Coolamon we will stop at the local Coolamon Cheese Factory. Following that we will make our way to a large corporate farm on the Murrumbidgee River incorporating winter grains, wool and lamb plus irrigated summer grains. We will complete the day with a visit to the nearby Berrembed Weir, the controlling point of water supplying the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area where we will learn about the history of the irrigation scheme development and how the fish life is preserved in the altered river system.
Tour 3 – Pasture Zone
The high rainfall tour will head to the hills east of Wagga Wagga. Firstly stopping at a mixed farming enterprise to see the integration of crops and pasture under higher rainfall conditions. Heading further east will take us to larger pastoral farms and discover the revitalisation of these livestock industries with the increase in red meat and wool prices. Moving further up into the hills we will see a diverse range of land uses including apple orchards from the famous Batlow apples to forestry with pine plantations. We will stop at different industries that support the local communities in the hill country.
Tour 4 – Digital Ag Tour
The digital Ag tour will be based around Wagga and will be looking at the ways companies are incorporating the “digital” into their “Ag”. It will include start-ups with innovative digital solutions to established companies which are diversifying into the digital market to maintain their relevance.