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TAS Country : October 13th 2011
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 14, 2011 News A year to salute Tassie farmers ROGER HANSON DYNAMIC: Farming family Michael and Fiona Chilvers, with Felix and Charlotte. TASMANIAN Farmers and Graziers Association boss Jan Davis believes Tasmania's size fosters a greater bond and appreci- ation between urban and rural communities. As the nation embarks on a year-long celebration with the launch of the Australian Year of the Far- mer 2012, Tasmania is rais- ing a glass in recognition of its own farming fraternity. ''The Year of the Farmer offers an ideal opportunity to build this awareness and appreciation of just how clever our farmers are,'' Ms Davis said. Our farmers are among the nation's finest land managers, with the TFGA supporting the year-long celebration of farming. ''Tasmanian farmers do things really differently; I've seen approaches to farming here that really blow my socks off,'' Ms Davis said. ''I've worked in agricul- ture across five states and what I see here is farmers who have turned a chal- lenge of scale into their greatest asset. ''Our farmers are highly integrated and diversified on a level I haven't seen in any other state. ''I haven't been on one Tasmanian farm that focu- ses on a single enterprise. It is commonplace to see individual farmers produc- ing commodities as diverse as poppies, potatoes, wheat, barley, wool, prime lambs and beef.'' And it's not just the way Tasmanian farmers make their assets work ef- ficiently that has im- pressed Ms Davis, it's the farming families them- selves which impress. ''The generational re- lationships here are robust and supportive,'' she said. ''We've got dynamic young farmers in their 30s and 40s who have been handed the reins. ''It's a reflection on strong transitional role models and tight-knit com- munities that have the opportunity to learn from the successes and mistakes around them.'' Recently awarded a coveted GRDC-funded Nuf- field scholarship, Michael Chilvers, of Nile, is a prime example of the dynamic young Tasmanian farmer. Along with wife Fiona and their two young chil- dren, Charlotte and Felix, Michael Chilvers farms 1080ha, with 400ha of crops including poppies, wheat, processing peas and lu- cerne under centre pivot irrigation. The Chilvers also grow malt barley, canola and trade in prime lambs. For Michael, farming of- fers the opportunities few other careers can match. ''There's nothing like be- ing your own boss, in charge of your own des- tiny. There's not many in society who get a real choice in what they do. ''It's not just the personal challenge; agriculture has been as good a place as any in terms of investment over the past 10-12 years. 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