STAN Heywood, of Rosebank, had been a dairy farmer for 35 years and, now retired, still owns 30 acres. He wants to know how to control noxious weeds.
He went along to Wednesday's Biological Control Workshop at Lismore Showground, held by Far North Coast Weeds and NSW Department of Primary Industries.
"I am more interested in biological, rather than chemical, solutions in fighting weeds," he said.
"I have always been interested in organics."
Mr Heywood was one of the 200-plus people who attended the workshop.
Noxious Weed Extension Officer with Far North Coast Weeds Kim Curtis said they wanted to get the scientists in to explain to farmers and landholders what research had been done in this area.
"It's better to get the information (directly) about bio-control agents," she said.
Bio-control agents can be certain insects, such as beetles and weevils, or diseases that work to control some of the noxious weeds in the Northern Rivers.
"There are different agents for different weeds," Ms Curtis said.
She said there was a good combination of traditional and alternative farmers in attendance.
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