Bugs and Biology


The Bugs & Biology farmer group evolved out of an existing production group in the central Great Southern, when some members agreed that systems-based farming was the key to profitability cropping and grazing enterprises. The group is focused on gathering regionally relevant information to reduce the use of chemicals and fertilisers to protect soil biology while maintaining a profitable system. The group is largely self-funded and aims to attract resources including an executive officer to coordinate events, membership and promotion.

Current Activities

  • Develop group strategic plan
  • Attract resources including financial capacity
  • Coordinate events to increase farmer knowledge, skills and networks including workshops, field days and guest presenters
  • Grow networks
  • Open learning days around the topics of soil biology and processes, cropping management and grazing management

Past Activities and Accomplishments

  • Four self-funded field days/workshops
  • Sourced $100,000 Caring for our Country funding for on-ground works that reduce wind erosion
  • Secured $20,000 Caring for our Country funding to coordinate farmer learning events
  • The group and group members have a strong history of collaboration with other organisations to conduct research and share results

Bugs and Biology

Absolon St, Dumbleyung, Western Australia, Australia


Chair: Robert Rex
T: 9862 6067
F: 9862 6099
M: 0427 626 067
E: westendale@bigpond.com
A: Beaufort Road, Wagin 6350

Vice Chair: Kate Ayers
M: 0428 626 079
E: ckayers@bordernet.com.au

Group contact/Secretary: Sally Thomson
M: 0417 983 356
E: sowingseeds@bigpond.com
A: 26 McIntyre Street, Dumbleyung, WA 6350

Number of Members


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