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TAS Country : March 24th 2011
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 25, 2011 News Locusts spur Vics into action AN unprecedented outbreak of spur-throated locusts is devastat- ing crops in northern Victoria. Victorian Plague Locust com- missioner Gordon Berg said clusters of spur-throated locusts -- a pest usually found in Queens- land -- had surfaced in Victoria for the first time and threatened to ''attack an array of crops''. Mr Berg said the hoppers were attacking citrus crops in Sunraysia and at Tungamah, near Shepparton. Meanwhile, Victoria's farms are not expected to be threatened by large swarms of locusts from NSW this autumn. APLC acting director Walter Spratt said a survey at the weekend found the bulk of Victoria's locusts were between Maryborough and the South Australian border. The Weekly Times Search on for senior scientists FUNDING cuts to agricul- tural research and develop- ment over the past decade have led to a shortage of senior scientists. The Victorian Department of Primary Industries says there are not enough qualified scientists to meet demand. DPI agriculture resources research director Angela Avery said livestock scien- tists were thin on the ground. She said the shortage was also caused by a lack of students studying agricul- ture, and those who did being employed in other sectors. ''It's a small pool of senior people who are qualified, and we feel this is an impact of the decision not to investment in research,'' Ms Avery said. The Weekly Times BRIEFLY EU pays up for conventional canola ANTI-GM groups say a $30-$50 a tonne premium for conventional canola is evidence the world doesn't want genetically modified grain. However, marketers say the price difference is simply due to international market forces. Bulk handler and marketer CBH reported a non- GM premium of up to $50 a tonne, while prices from GrainCorp show a premium of about $40. Gene Ethics director Bob Phelps said a $50-a-tonne premium was a strong signal from local and overseas markets that most shoppers rejected GM foods and would pay higher prices to avoid them. ''The European Union is the strongest buyer at a $50-a-tonne premium, and over 90 per cent of last season's West Australian canola crop went to Europe,'' Mr Phelps said. AWB oilseeds and pulses trading chief Francois Darcas said much of Australia's crop was being sold to the EU instead of Asia because the EU was paying a premium. Mr Darcas said the EU wanted non-GM canola while Asia ''didn't care''. The Weekly Times Dairy lobby group restructure DAIRY processors might have to foot the bill for the national and state lobby group memberships of their suppliers. And it could mean dairy farmers won't have to directly pay to be a member of their state farmer or national dairy lobby group for up to two years. The Australian Dairy Farmers' proposal comes after a year of negotiation about the restructure of dairy industry lobbying. ADF acting chief executive officer Natalie Collard said the proposal was only in its early stages and discussions with processors were ongoing. ''We are working on a proposal for processors to support the implementation of the new model . . . financial support from processors will help build the new model for the first few years,'' she said. ADF hoped this move would boost membership and provide a sustainable financial structure for industry lobbying. It plans to provide information to dairy farmers in six weeks. Reluctant to go into detail about what this might cost the processors, Ms Collard said farmers would still have a choice about membership. She said ''on the surface'' it might seem like unionism but ADF had received legal advice saying it was not. The Weekly Times Rain pain for southeast states FARMERS across southeast Australia have been hit with further widespread rain in the past week. Bega, in southeast New South Wales, led the charge with 134mm falling on Monday. In northwest Victoria, Mildura recorded 85mm on Sunday night. NSW dairy farmer Noel Simpson said he had received 122mm on his farm north of Bega in four days. He said a third of his 150ha property was under water, thanks partly to heavy rains washing down the Tuross River and flooding his lower flats. At Mildura, 441mm has fallen so far this year -- more than its long-term annual average. Bureau of Meteorology Mildura technical officer Michael Holmes said 129mm in January and 193mm in February, plus another 120mm so far in March, meant the average rainfall had already been surpassed. ''We had all that heavy rain at the start of February so we'd broken the average annual rainfall in the first five weeks of the year,'' he said. 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