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TAS Country : March 31st 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011 Tasmanian Country 9 News Agricultural Resource Management and Davey & Maynard are merging in April 2011 to create a new company called MACQUARIE FRANKLIN. For many years, both companies have provided independent advice to farmers, agribusiness and government. Mac uarie Franklin will con nue to do this using our combined experience and exper se in business, agricultural and environmental consul ng. Our new contact details are: Phone: 6427 5300 Fax: 6427 0876 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Post: 112 Wright St, East Devonport TAS 7310 Web: www.macquariefranklin.com.au Consultants for business, agriculture and environment. delicate touch We are so confident in the improvement in quality, particularly in red varieties, that we plan to machine-pick fruit which we have previously had to hand-pick.' Jake Morton, 19, how to operate the harvester. The combination of youth and technology are a sign of exciting times for the wine industry, Mr Souris said. Mr Souris is a former aeronautical engineer who has worked in the industry for 30 years. ''Everyone can use this machinery,'' he said. ''It's uplifting to have switched on young people like Jake and a visionary like Riversdale Estate's Ian Roberts involved in the viticulture industry.'' Riversdale plans to contract the machine out to other vineyards. Grape growers in burn-off talks JENNIFER CRAWLEY GRAPE growers are planning urgent talks with Norske Skog and private landowners amid fears that smoke from burn-offs is damaging this season's crop. The talks follow protests that a burn-off took place in the Derwent Valley this week just as grapes were due to be harvested. It is hoped the talks will lead to agreement on the burn-off timetable. Norske Skog supply and logistics manager Arnold Willems confirmed the company was in talks with Wine Tasmania and grape growers in the Derwent Valley. ''We are talking to Lubiania, Kinvarra and Meadowbank growers, the people close to us,'' Mr Willems said. ''We don't fully understand why smoke has a negative impact on grapes, that's the key reason why we want to meet with Wine Tas.'' Wine Tasmania will meet Norske Skog representatives next week. Wine Tasmania is also in talks with the Department of Primary Industries about the negative impact smoke has on grapes, industry development and extension officer David Sanderson said. ''We don't have universal agreement yet with everyone who burns off in Tasmania,'' Mr Sanderson said. ''But we have signed off an agreement with Forestry Tasmania. ''We are looking to educate the general public about the effects of smoke on wine grapes and the potentially large negative impact it can have on the commercial harvest. ''A vineyard does not have to be next door to a burn-off to be damaged, it can just be in the path of the smoke.'' The Environment Protection Agency was inundated with calls from Derwent Valley grapegrowers deeply concerned about smoke taint in their soon-to- be harvested grapes, winemaker Steve Lubiana said. ''Private landowners did not realise the implications of their burn-offs,'' Mr Lubiana said. ''Wines made from grapes exposed to smoke immediately prior to vintage can exhibit a wide range of unpleasant aromas and flavours, characteristics that make them completely unpalatable to consumers.''
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