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TAS Country : February 23rd 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012 Tasmanian Country 3 News BEST PRICES EVER ON SELECTED POLARIS ATVs AND RANGERS. ENDS FEB 29TH OR WHILE STOCKS LAST. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au 'Industrial hemp is still scheduled as a drug and that's a major obstacle .' ---PHIL WARNER OF ECOFIBRE INDUSTRIES OPERATIONS Barriers hamper hemp production KAROLIN MacGREGOR THRIVING: Grower Phil Reader examines his crop of industrial hemp. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR A GROUP of farmers got close to an industrial hemp crop at Bishopsbourne this week. About 60 farmers and industry representatives turned out for a hemp production field day organ- ised by Serve-Ag in con- junction with NRM North. The field day is part of the Sustainable Land Man- agement Practices project being funded through the Federal Government's Caring For Our Country program. At the field day, farmers heard about all aspects of the industry, from growing the crop through to poten- tial markets. The field day was held at Phil Reader's property near Bishopsbourne where he is growing 8ha of indus- trial hemp this season. Phil Warner from Queensland company Eco- fibre Industries Operations gave participants an up- date on the legislation and regulations restricting the production of industrial hemp across the country. Mr Warner said unfor- tunately misinformation about the crop was rife and there seemed to be very little political will to change the legislation to make industrial hemp a major industry. ''I think it's a matter of economic reality and ex- ploring the opportunities that are there,'' he said. ''Industrial hemp is still scheduled as a drug and that's a major obstacle stopping the industry going forward.'' Mr Warner said if laws controlling the growing and use of industrial hemp products were changed, regulation of the industry would still be important. ''The biggest danger this industry is facing is cow- boys importing oil from China in 44 gallon drums that sits on the deck of a ship for goodness knows how long in the tropical heat and is then sold as hemp oil,'' he said. ''We will need quality standard regulation to prevent that happening and we'll also need Tas- manian labelling.'' Lisa Teale from Hemp Australia has been buying most of the Tasmanian grown hemp seed in recent years. She said the poten- tial market for hemp prod- ucts, especially as it could be used as food, was huge. ''It's very difficult to say how big it could be, es- pecially if it can be used as food. When we started looking at this about 12 years ago, we had big companies like Sanitarium interested and ready to start using it, so if the legislation was changed it could become a very big industry,'' she said. Mrs Teale said when wet weather caused a major drop in production across Tasmania last year, she was forced to import oil from New Zealand just to keep up with orders. ''There is so much de- mand there that even if we get really good yields this year, I'm not sure I'm going to have enough to keep up,'' she said. There are four growers now producing industrial hemp seed in Tasmania. Mr Reader said, agrono- mically, it was not difficult to grow, but weed control was essential. ''You can grow organi- cally without any prob- lems but, whatever system you use, you have to have some sort of weed control,'' he said. Hemp seed is quite small so a fine, firm seed bed with good moisture levels is ideal to achieve even germination. ''I find it's a good break crop and it works well in most rotations,'' he said. National festival to put wild fungi on the menu MUSHROOMS, puffballs, stinkhorns, polypores, mil- dews, moulds and rusts will be the centre of attention when hundreds of fungi enthusiasts descend on Hobart in April for the four- day Tasmanian Fungi Fes- tival. This national event will be the chance to hobnob with some of the world's leading mycologists (fungi experts). For a lucky 130 guests the highlight will be the festival dinner and debate ''Eating Wild Fungi: Fun or Fool- hardy?'' Full details in next week's Tasmanian Country Woolworths deal a worry FARMERS are con- cerned that Woolworths will be a major partner in the National Farmers' Federation's agriculture blueprint. Ausbuy chief execu- tive Lynne Wilkinson questioned whether the supermarket giant would support Australian far- mers instead of bringing in imported products in direct competition. XAV30648/0212_A PRODUCT RECALL Rycomectin Oral Drench for Sheep and Lambs 20 Litre (APVMA No. 51475) Batch Numbers: 11056, 11065. Product Sponsor: Novartis Animal Health Australasia Pty Limited Reason for Recall: Novartis Animal Health has determined that the above batches of Rycomectin Oral Drench for Sheep and Lambs 20L have been manufactured using active ingredients from an unapproved source. Hence, in consultation with the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), Novartis is voluntarily recalling these batches. Remedial Action: Product with the above batch numbers should immediately be returned to your point of sale for a refund from the retailer. Retailers should contact Novartis Animal Health to arrange collection of any product with the above batch numbers. Consumer Information: For further information contact Novartis Animal Health on 1800 633 768 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Novartis Animal Health sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused by this product recall.
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