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TAS Country : February 16th 2012
6 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 17, 2012 Your Say Promise in hemp crop WHAT a defeatist attitude from Mark Taylor (''Indus- trial hemp crop has Buck- ley's chance'', Tasmanian Country, February 3). Dupont was instrumen- tal in helping to get hemp production banned back in the 1930s but the world is a very different place now. If FSANZ lift the ban on the human consumption of hempseed/oil, which is quite likely with Federal Government backing, then the future could be very promising. There is virtually noth- ing that cannot be made using industrial hemp in some form or another. Not only will it provide another string to many farmers' bows but also the potential for value-adding is enormous. It was even used in a process known as phytoremediation to detox- ify polluted soils which occurred subsequent to the Chernobyl disaster. Estelle Ross, Riverside Act now to banish foxes IT was interesting to note in TFGA Matters last week where columnist Jan Davis proposed that a feral cats management program be appended to the current Government fox eradi- cation program, or FEP. AsafarmerIam strongly supportive of any Government-sponsored and/or community-based initiative that seeks to re- move or control pests, such as foxes and feral cats, respectively. It is very important, however, not to blur the feral cats problem and the unwanted incursion of fox- es into Tasmania as being identical invasive animal issues. There are clear distinc- tions between the specific effort required for a man- agement (control) versus an eradication effort, and whose responsibility it is to take the lead or to provide that effort. Neither program can succeed without a fully committed and involved Tasmanian community. Based on information from the FEPs website (www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/ fox), the modus operandi of the program radically changed from the pre-2007 (fox taskforce) reactive approach to a concerted eradication effort aimed toward preventing foxes from establishing them- selves in Tasmania. I was also pleased to learn that the Australian Government provides sig- nificant dollars toward the FEP through its Caring for our Country program. Sowhatcanwedoto help control foxes? Eradication means com- pletely removing a pest from an area. My fellow farmers and other Tasmanian land- owners can support the eradication effort by allowing the FEP rangers on to our properties -- if requested -- for targeted fox-baiting operations. Clearly, not allowing ac- cess would leave too many habitat holes for foxes to potentially shelter in. Once there is full confi- dence and sound scientific evidence that foxes have been completely removed from Tasmania, our strictly enforced quaran- tine laws on the import of live foxes into Tasmania gives confidence that our port authorities and bio- security measures can suf- ficiently monitor and pre- vent future fox incursions. On the other hand, it is not the Government's sole responsibility to deal with feral cats. As rural Tasmanians, it is in our interests to ac- tively work to control feral cats in and around our properties, and seek government support when it is needed. For instance, support is readily available through technical advice and exper- tise, or the provision of traps (from Parks and Wildlife Service). Perhaps government support could be extended to subsidise veterinary costs to euthanise feral cats or help cover other associated control costs (desexing, microchipping, vaccinating all cats). All Tasmanians, how- ever, must act to prevent foxes from establishing. If you want to get an under- standing on why a zero- tolerance toward prevent- ing foxes from establishing in Tasmania is vital and why we must act now -- just ask any mainland farmer where foxes are rampant! Feral cats are firmly established in Tasmania. If we wait to see foxes just as readily as we see feral cats on the ground in Tasmania today, well, by then we would have left the proverbial farm gate wide open and the horse (or the opportunity to eradicate foxes) would have irre- trievably bolted. Delia Thompson, Campania "A lot of things have changed over the years. But not WFI's friendly service." GC_WFI1072 Meet Lindsay. He's been insuring his farm with WFI, part of Wesfarmers Insurance, for as long as he can remember. Which is not surprising because we have over 90 years of experience in farm insurance. During his time on the land, Lindsay reckons one of the things that hasn't changed is the friendly, personal service he receives from his local WFI Area Manager. As a result, he always knows who to call, from enquiry to claim. To fi nd out for yourself why we're good people to know, call 1300 934 934 or visit wfi.com.au WFI is a trading name of Wesfarmers General Insurance Limited ABN 24 000 036 279 AFSL 241461. Contact WFI for a PDS to help decide if our products are right for you. Roseworthy Farm - Lindsay
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