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TAS Country : April 5th 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012 Tasmanian Country 3 News Million-dollar vegetable boost ROGER HANSON Prof Blainey sprinkles his well- researched presentations with humour and insight' Continued Page 6 THE national AUSVEG Con- vention to be held in Hobart next month will inject about a million dollars into the Tasman- ian economy. The conference is the largest gathering of vegetable growers, researchers and supply-chain representatives from across the industry, and has become a critical event on the horticul- ture calendar. AUSVEG's Hugh Gurney said about 1000 delegates were ex- pected to attend. The national convention, Trade Show and Awards for Excellence will be held at Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Hobart from Thursday, May 10, to Saturday, May 12, and attract domestic and international del- egates. Mr Gurney said there would be an array of exhibitions of- fering infor- mation and updates on all areas of the horticulture industry. Mr Gurney said AUSVEG had organised industry-leading guest speakers including Senator John Madigan, eminent historian Professor Geoffrey Blainey, Dr Kathy Ophel Keller and Pro- fessor Hamish Gow. The convention will also fea- ture activities such as jet boat- ing for young growers and a visit to one of Tasmania's lead- ing tourist attractions, MONA. One of Australia's most sig- nificant historians, Prof Blain- ey, will look at ''Vegetables within the history of Australia''. Mr Gurney said Prof Blainey sprinkled his well-researched presentations with humour and insight. ''His vast knowledge and historical understanding reinforce his growing repu- tation as a futurist in the economic and business milieu and on social and political trends,'' Mr Gurney said. Prof Blainey was professor of economic history at the Univer- sity of Melbourne, Ernest Scott Professor of History and is now professor emeritus. SARDI chief scientist, su- stainable systems, Dr Kathy Ophel Keller will cover the topic of ''Rapid assessment of soil- borne pathogens -- helping growers to manage risk''. Dr Ophel Keller oversees re- search programs in plant health, entomology, climate change and water resources programs. She leads the soil diagnostics program in the Australian Po- tato Research Program. The program links researchers nationally and globally to develop DNA tests to measure the risk of soil- borne patho- gens of po- tatoes on soil and seed. Dr Ophel Keller has been working on the develop- ment of DNA diagnostics for more than 15 years and was involved in the development of the Root Disease Testing Ser- vice -- a world-first service to grain growers to measure dis- ease risk in soil. The technology of that devel- opment has a broad range of applications including monitor- ing root growth and beneficial organisms in soil. Professor Hamish Gow, from Massey University in New Zealand will discuss ''Generic marketing in vegetables. Can it work?'' Offer ends 30/4/12 at participating dealers while stocks last. Not valid with any other offer. Excludes fleet clients. See dealer for details. ON ANY NEW RANGER 800 OR DIESEL BEFORE APRIL 30TH. TOWS MORE, CARRIES MORE, SEATS MORE. 1300 654 142 www.polarisindustries.com.au ACCESSORY KIT INCLUDES • Polaris 4500lb Winch • Front & Rear Brushguards • Lock & Ride Tool Rack • Lock & Ride Cargo Box • Lock & Ride Chainsaw Mount • Alloy Front CV Boot Protectors • Rear View Mirror Family's nuts about good, fresh produce Continued Page 8 KAROLIN MacGREGOR ,CLEAN SWEEP: George French harvests hazelnuts at Hazelbrae. Picture: KAROLIN MacGREGOR BITING into a fresh, crunchy hazel- nut is something most Tasmanians have not had the pleasure of experi- encing, but the French family hopes that will soon change. The family established their hazel- nut grove in 2005 when they planted trees on the family's property, Hazel- brae, near Hagley. Now George and Lisa French are just a couple of weeks away from finishing their second commercial nut harvest. Hazelbrae is now one of the biggest hazelnut groves in the country and, once at full production, could produce up to 40 tonnes of nuts a season. The French family has also started to value-add their nuts on farm. Mrs French said many people did not know just how good fresh hazel- nuts could taste because most of the commonly sold brands in major supermarkets were imported and the nuts were generally more than a year old before they were eaten.
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