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TAS Country : October 28th 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010 Tasmanian Country 13 News Apply for spot at awesome Agfest SUCCESSFUL YEAR: Anthony Coad ANTHONY COAD Agfest Chairman Rural Youth MANY associate Agfest field days with the month of May, but our committee associates every month of the year with Agfest, es- pecially November and December. Why? These are the months that our potential exhibitors for the 2011 Ag- fest can apply for their site at our field days. Therefore, while May is an important month for our event, the period from November up until December 17 is appli- cation time for many busin- esses out there that wish to take the opportunity to dis- play their product at Tas- mania's premier field day. All this can be done by obtaining a copy of the Agfest 2011 prospectus, which includes application forms for all features of Agfest field days. You can download an electronic ver- sion of our prospectus from www.agfest.com.au or by phoning one of our office staff members, Judy, Libby, Selena or Linda on 1300 AGFEST (1300 243 378) and they will post you out a copy, or if in the area you can call in to our head office at 62 York St, Launceston. The prospectus doesn't only contain the application forms. It also includes all the regulations and policies in line with our field days, those set by our committee and the Meander Valley Council, along with infor- mation on the features of Agfest and why they may appeal to your business. If applying for a site for 2011, ensure you include as much information with your application as well as photos, brochures, demon- strational DVD/CDs and web addresses, because each application is con- sidered by details provided. After a pleasant first term as Agfest chairman, I am looking forward to my second year, working at maintaining Agfest's status as the prestigious field day it has become over the 29 years under our respected past and current members. If you are between the ages of 15 and 30 and would like to become involved in Agfest field days as a volun- teer, contact our Rural Youth head office by phon- ing 6331 6154, or visit www.ruralyouth.com.au. The sky is the limit when you become a Rural Youth member. This is where I started and now I am the chairman of an event that injects more than $25 mil- lion into the state's econ- omy, houses more than 600 exhibitors each year and attracts 70,000 patrons. Agfest 2011 is set for May 5-7 at Quercus Rural Youth Park, Oaks Rd, Carrick. AU NATURAL: A selection of organic cherries. Organic way proves fruitful JENNIFER CRAWLEY The bottom line was I wanted to get control of my own future' ORGANIC apple and cherry producer Andrew Smith will recount 10 years of organic farming at the Biological Far- mers of Australia Roadshow in Launceston next month. The fourth-generation Huon Valley farmer grows apples and cherries that are 100 per cent class one organic. Mr Smith is Australia's largest producer and packer of organic apples and is the biggest supplier of organic apples to Woolworths. Mr Smith's company Raw Organics is part of the family businessR&RSmith. Raw Organics exports or- ganic apples to the mainland, Taiwan and Hong Kong. ''It's been such an amazing year,'' Mr Smith said. ''Normally we'd have apples all the way to Christmas. ''[But] we haven't got an apple left.'' Necessity was the mother of invention for the grower 10 years ago. ''The bottom line was I want- ed to get control of my own future,'' Mr Smith said. ''I was disenchanted with con- ventional production and how difficult it was with Tassie at the end of the world with the highest cost of production.'' The roadshow at Kreglinger Wine Estate at Pipers River will give those who attend infor- mation and advice on biological farming. BFA manager Holly Vyner said the roadshow linked growers with the tools and research on organic farming, and included presentations from successful Tasmanian and Victorian growers. Ms Vyner said the roadshow had travelled to a dozen lo- cations this year in response to a growing interest in organic and biological farming. ''There is now more support available for farmers in terms of alternative products on the mar- ket, as well as established meth- ods which can assist growers to increase the biology in their soil,'' she said. ''Growers are interested in lowering their reliance on agri- chemicals and increasing their yields and quality of produce. ''This is what biological farm- ing is all about.'' Ms Vyner said the move to biological production opened up opportunities for supplying new markets and gaining a pre- mium, especially for those who opted to take the organic certifi- cation route. Roadshow host and Kreglin- ger chief viticulturist Bruce McCormack will talk about managing seven vineyards at various stages of organic pro- duction. Mr McCormack said there was a big difference between saying you are organic and actually being organic. ''Organic production takes practise and with practice comes knowledge,'' he said. The BFA Roadshow will be held on November 4 from 8.30am-4pm. The cost is $45 for those who book, or $50 on the day. 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