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TAS Country : February 23rd 2012
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, February 24, 2012 Opinion Agriculture skills plan to give young people careers TFGA matters with Jan Davis ONE of the downsides, perhaps the only downside, of living in Tasmania is that too often you hear about young people who have to move interstate for jobs, job training or further education and they fragment the families in which they grew up. This week, we at the TFGA may have sown the first seeds of a program that may help to stem the ebbing tide of our young people. We unveiled an agriculture industry skills plan that aims to position our industry to provide the specialist training we need for all aspects of 21st century farming and agribusinesses. Working with Skills Tasmania, we have devised a program to address our projected labour supply and skills shortages, on the farm and in the agricultural businesses upon which we depend and which depend on us. You may not have noticed it, but Tasmanian agriculture is in transition. It is having a makeover. We are younger and we are smarter and we use technology. No longer do we do it the old way because that was always good enough and it worked. Today we have to be lean, quick and efficient -- and we have to be smarter than our competitors. Modern Tasmanian farmers do not try to do everything themselves -- there are simply not enough hours in the day. They use specialists; they contract out; they make the best use of their own time; they make the best use of their resources; and they research before they decide on a course of action. Nothing is left to chance and, with our new era of irrigation, they even try to take the weather and the climate out of the equation. As a result, a career in the modern agriculture sector offers a diverse range of opportunities. The agriculture operations sector is primarily involved in growing things including the food we eat, fibre for the clothes we wear, and the plants and flowers that provide so much pleasure in our gardens. You might start here as a farm hand and work your way up to running your own business providing produce to top city restaurants. You might oversee packhouse operations or work as an agronomist. You might work in the nursery and garden sector, and be involved in garden design and maintenance; tree care; or parks and gardens. The agriculture services sector provides the services that enable the production sector to operate at maximum efficiency and continually improve their performance. Occupations in this sector are very diverse and include areas such as: marketing; packaging; value added processes; scientific research; extension activities; mechanics and building; logistics; and transport and distribution. New career paths are also opening up in working in the environment sector, too: land management and conservation; climate change; irrigation and water management; and biosecurity to name just a few. Or you might be more interested in a wider view through areas such as industry representation and policy development; journalism and media; consulting and analysis; teaching; or a myriad of roles in government agencies. As well as all these possibilities, there is strong demand for a full range of general business skills: business planning; financial management; human resources; OHSE; quality assurance programs; customer service; administration etc. There can now be no argument: agriculture will continue to be one of Tasmania's key economic drivers as sure as night follows day. Other industries may rise and fall in their impact and their attraction, but producing food in one of the best climates on earth will always be needed and will always require highly-skilled labour and professional advice. Our place in the business of feeding the world will become crucial in the years ahead because of the natural advantages we enjoy and because of the skills we develop to make the most of those natural advantages. Agriculture attracts a diverse range of people, from school leavers to those seeking a sea change or a way to make a contribution to the community. Our diversity makes us interesting and it makes us attractive to more newcomers, more innovators. Working in agriculture offers tangible results and immediate satisfaction. It can provide a perfect opportunity to see something that you've created, every day. You can contribute to improving quality of life for all Australians, through producing clean, green and fabulous food and fibre products. And you can make a real difference. That's what our Skills Plan is designed to promote -- and we'll be working with other industry groups over the coming months to deliver on this promise. Smart way to stay fit AFTER the success of last year's Kilos for the Com- munity program, the Cir- cular Head Council is doing it all again. With an official total weight loss of 543kg from last year's program, Circu- lar Head youth and com- munity officer Alysha House said this year was all about goals. ''Although losing weight is still an important part of this program, our main focus this year will be to get our community mem- bers to set a smart goal,'' she said. ''That's specific, measurable, attainable, re- alistic and timely. This will bring a broader focus to the program.'' Ellen's a leader in community Rural Youth Kate Coad ELLEN Freeman, of Longford, has been awarded the title of Northern Midlands Young Citizen of the Year for her work in Rural Youth. Ellen, 20, joined Westmorland Rural Youth Club in 2010. Since then she has worked with other members to increase the club's community presence and has shown leadership potential, encouraging others to help and improve their community. Ellen is also a member of the Longford Show Committee, Australian Deer Association and Tasmanian Deer Advisory Council and she has completed three levels of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. She started her community involvement by being a careers leader and on the leadership group at Cressy District High School. She volunteered at many community functions and sport canteens and was a trade space assistant at the Longford Show Society with her grandfather Roger Freeman. She later joined the show committee and, through her involvement in Rural Youth and the Longford Show, created the opportunity for Rural Youth to participate in the show by way of the annual ute competition. Ellen continues to strive for improvement and has made a huge impact on her local Rural Youth Club. She jumped in the deep end and as club treasurer she has moved up the Rural Youth ladder and taken on positions in Northern Region and also as an Agfest committee member. Agfest vice-chairman Amanda Bayles said: ''Ellen is always keen to see we are doing the best for our members and what is going to benefit the wider community.'' Ellen and the rest of Westmorland Rural Youth Club will be at the Blessing of the Harvest festival on Sunday March 4 at the Village Green at Longford. They are holding the first Ute Show and Shine. Entry is free, but you have to be parked between 8am and 9am. Their other main activity will be the calf tag in the haystack, but there is something for all ages. XAV30648/0212_D PRODUCT RECALL Combi Oral Drench for Sheep and Lambs 10 Litre (APVMA No. 51611) Batch Numbers: 10037, 11041. 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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 email@example.com. Novartis Animal Health sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused by this product recall.
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