Partnerships between ecology and food production will be highlighted at a field trip and workshop in Deniliquin next month.
The main discussion point will be the ecological benefits of rice growing, in particular the synergies between rice and frog breeding.
The field day, on December 19, will begin with a brainstorming session with the topic what can science and farmers bring to the table?
Discussion will include future projects that can provide benefits for both food production and ecology.
After the lunch interval, there will be an open forum to further highlight what the term reconciliation ecology means to the region, including a summary of the inaugural National Agricultural Productivity and Reconciliation Ecology Centre (NAPREC) conference held in October.
This session will be followed by a field trip and presentation explaining the role crops like rice can play in achieving ecological outcomes in the Murray Valley.
NAPREC chair Louise Burge said a range of experienced presenters would discuss ways in which science and farming can work together.
‘‘There is a significant role for farmers to play in the management of our environment,’’ she said.
‘‘NAPREC is taking positive steps to bring scientists and food producers together, and provide a vehicle to educate the broader community about the benefits of ecological collaboration,’’ Mrs Burge said.
The morning session of the day is by invitation only, with the public invited to the field trip.
Tickets are $20 and to book a place, phone: 0414960785 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The field trip will be held on Tuesday, December 19 from 1:30pm beginning at the Deniliquin Golf Club.