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TAS Country : April 21st 2011
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 22, 2011 TFGA www.tfga.com.au TFGA matters with Jan Davis It is time to set the record straight on where Tasmanian farmers stand on assistance following emergencies such as floods. I AM trying not to believe that the public perception is that we forever have our hands out when things go wrong with the weather, but sometimes utterings from our political leaders leave that impression. There were some comments last week claiming farmers were not in favour of taking out insurance on their crops. This ill-informed view came from several quarters -- including the State Government. However, it is simply not true. We would take out insurance if it were available, but such insurance is not available and so we have to wear the losses. We are unable to insure against what used to be called call acts of God: flood, hail, fire, wind, cyclone and earthquake. Farming is perhaps the most risky business of any, and Tasmanian farmers are highly skilled risk managers. They work in an environment that they cannot control and still manage most of the time to deliver high-quality produce at reasonable prices. In a sentence, we believe that where farmers have done all they can to prevent or offset losses due to weather events, including taking out insurance if it were available, then they have a right to ask for public TFGA rejigs board in AGM lead-up TASMANIAN Farmers and Graziers Associ- ation president David Gatenby and incumbent director Noel Beven have won seats on the association board, joined by Forth vegetable farmer Michael Badcock. Mr Beven won a two-man race for the 62 telephone district position from Meat Council chairman Bret Hall for a third term. Mr Badcock defeated incumbent director Yvonne Bowling and Redpa beef producer Stephen Pilkington for the 64 telephone district board position. Mr Gatenby was unopposed for the 63 district. Mr Badcock has been involved in farm politics for more than 40 years, including a period as senior vice president of the TFGA. Mr Gatenby said the two would be members at a critical time as agriculture took on the role of major player in the state's economic future. He also paid tribute to Yvonne Bowling's service to the TFGA. The terms of the three directors begin after the TFGA annual general meeting on May 19. Business Class at AgFest 2011. IMC LPANZ 2212 TC R We recently interviewed a select group of CLAAS Arion and Axion owners and asked them to rate their new tractors. Comfort, driveability, fuel economy and performance were central to their ready praise. CLAAS' unique four-point suspension cabin assembly helps cushion and absorb the jarring and vibration of a hardworking tractor across the complete range of production operations, including ripping and tillage. See us at AgFest to arrange an obligation-free CLAAS Arion or Axion test drive, fill in our small survey form and we'll put your name in our draw to win a brilliant new Apple iPad2. All tractors are created equal, right? Wrong! The whole usability of the machines is great. They're really comfortable and this means you get less fatigued which is a big issue when each tractor does around 1500 hours a year. The fuel consumption has been awesome. -- South Gippsland ag contractor and owner of two CLAAS Arions, Damien Elliot. CLAAS Harvest Centre Tasmania 26 Trevor Street Ulverstone Phone 03 6425 7191 firstname.lastname@example.org www.claasharvestcentre.com.au Test drive to WIN an iPad2
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