Australia's annual regenerative cane farming forum 15-16 February 2021 plus Regen Cane Master Classes CAIRNS


Controlled Traffic

Min&No Till

Permanent Beds

Cover Cropping

Soil Health

Crop Rolling

Row Spacing



There are lots of new innovations happening in cane farming. Join us in Cairns for this practical, hands on 2 day forum. Learn from farmers who are successfully changing their farming system and from the extension specialists supporting them. Visit farms and see cover crops, controlled traffic, permanent beds, soil health, compost and new machinery in action. Identify the key steps to take on your place to make improvements. Learn how soil heath can transform your business and why it is as important to your business as good nutrient management.

We will also be hosting 2 optional Master Classes on Wed 17th Feb for those who want to build their skills in either composting or cover crops.

Want to improve your sugarcane business!

Not sure what steps to take next!

Looking to make practical changes

Sugar cane farmer use bird mix
Checking soil on sugar cane farm in QLD

Practical Sessions

Regenerative Cane farming covers four key themes. During the practical sessions you will visit and hear from farmers who are implementing changes on their farm (on farm weather permitting) to redesign their whole farm system! Topics we will explore at each farm include:

During the Forum you will break into small groups so you can get time to share and learn with other farmers as you visit the different farms. If you are looking to make practical changes then this event is not to be missed!

Master Classes - 17 February 2021

As part of the 2021 Regenerative Cane Forum we are having 2 extra 1/2 day Master Classes the day after the Forum. Take your regenerative cane farming skills to another level by joining us for one of these Master Classes. Places will be limited so Book early.

Cover Cropping Master Class

With Simon Mattsson and Wet Tropics cane farmers Mark Savina, Alan Lynn, Ray Zamora and Michael Waring. Join these regenerative cane farmers who have been growing cover crops for a number of years as they share their experience and take you through the basics of cover cropping success in a cane farming system. This Master Class is for people who are either starting out in cover crops or want some tips on growing them better.


Composting Master Class

Join independent extension specialist David Hardwick and the Rossi brothers who farm south of Cairns and have been making and using compost for a number of years. Get practical tips for making compost on farm and how to use it to build soil health and improve your farming system. This Masterclass is for people who are thinking of either making compost or buying it and using it on farm to fix soil issues.

Day 1

15 February 2021
Session Venue
8.30 am Forum Registration (Tea and Coffee on arrival) Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
9.00 am Welcome Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
9.30 am Keynote Guest Speaker - Jamie Jurgens Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
10.00 am Allocation to groups Bus Numbers 1-6 Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
10.15 am Morning Tea Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
10.45 am Practical Session 1
Field trip
Bus travel to farms
Bus will rotate between sites over the two day period
12.45 pm Packed Lunches Farm sites
13.15 pm Practical Session 2
Field trip
On Farm
15.15 pm Practical Session 3
Field trip
Afternoon tea distributed at farms
17.30 pm Networking Function Commences
Food platters and drinks provided
Sponsor Exhibits
Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Abercrombie Room and Terrace
19.30 pm Finish Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

Day 2

16 February 2021
Session Venue
7.15 am Arrive Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort to board buses for farms Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
7.30 am Practical Session 4
Field trip
Buses depart Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort for Farm Visits
9.30 am Practical Session 5
Field trip
Morning Tea distributed at farms
11.30 am Next Steps Session 6
Novotel Cairns Oasis
12.15 pm Sponsor Exhibits Notovel Cairns Oasis Resort
12.35 pm Lunch Notovel Cairns Oasis Resort
13.05 pm Closing Session Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
13.45 pm Finish Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
If you booked in to the 2020 event there is no need to rebook. We will send you a new ticket in Jan 2021.

$100 + GST

Limited Spaces

$50 + GST

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

122 Lake Street Cairns, QLD 4870


Visit Cairns Information Tourist Center for accommodation options in the Cairns area.


David Hardwick

0409 646 565

Michael Waring

0428 771 361



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