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TAS Country : August 12th 2010
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 13, 2010 News ON-LINE: TIAR's Marion Titterton. Site spreads the net to rural sector From Page 11 The website is the brainchild of TIAR dairy extension services manager Marion Titterton. ''Extension services have been reduced across all sectors,'' Ms Titterton said. ''People have taken redundancy and left, taking all the specialist knowledge with them.'' But there were benefits to teaching via on-line videos, she said. ''Farmers, especially dairy farmers, are very time poor,'' Ms Titterton said. ''Farm trainees may not get the training because farmers are so busy. ''Tertiary students leave with a degree in agricul- tural science but have not got the exposure to farm practice. ''A lot of farmers are too tired to read at the end of the day, to have to look up a method and read it in a long screed on a screen and some farmers and trainees have literacy problems,'' Ms Titterton said. Dairy, vegetables, horticulture, sheep and beef farmers will be able to see farm practices performed live on their computer screens via the website. ''A farmer who is putting in irrigation wants to test his soil moisture,'' Ms Titterton said. ''He needs to know how to use a tensiometer, he may have seen it done but to know how to do it properly takes a fair amount of looking and examining time and time again. ''He can repeatedly look at the video in his own time.'' A pilot project is planned to go to a test group of selected farmers to get feedback on the website. Ms Titterton said the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association was very supportive of the project. The videos would be made by two professional video producers who had offered their services at a reduced rate because it was a beneficial project for farmers. ''Farmers will not sit there waiting, it has to be high speed and that's where the NBN comes in,'' Ms Titterton said. Each agricultural sector would have specific videos. The dairy sector had 300 or more. ''By the time it is up and running, sheep and beef will have at least 200,'' Ms Titterton said. Any farmer not on NBN by the time it is launched can click on a slide show instead of a video. NBN executive chair Doug Campbell was confi- dent that farmers would benefit from the NBN rollout. Have you received your official guide to the 2010 federal election? By now you should have received your copy of the official guide to the 2010 federal election in your mailbox. In it you'll find all the information you need to make your vote count in the federal election on Saturday 21st August 2010. Remember, your vote is a valuable thing and voting is compulsor y for all Australians aged 18 and over. If you haven't received your copy visit www.aec.gov.au or call 13 23 26. Advertisement Authorised by the Electoral Commissioner, West Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes, ACT. AEC10VS1_M5
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