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TAS Country : April 5th 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012 Tasmanian Country 5 News TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania After harvest clean up. Avoid future crop contamination by allowing poppy seed to germinate on the ground surface before deep ploughing or ripping. Your Field Officer can advise 2058267-120309 INC GST INC GST Incentive for farmers of future INNOVATIVE Tasmanian farmers will have the chance to vie for a new achievement award. The Tasmanian Far- mers and Graziers Associ- ation (TFGA) is seeking nominations for a new award that, biennially, will recognise a farming busi- ness that leads the way in sustainable innovation. The Island Award for excellence in Tasmanian agriculture will be pres- ented yearly at the TFGA annual conference. This year's event will be at Country Club Tasmania in Launceston from July 11 to 13. The award will be given to a business that can demonstrate a sustain- able, adaptive and in- novative approach to farm- ing. It should be able to show it is farming for tomorrow as well as today and, more than likely, should already be an in- dustry leader. The winner will receive a trophy and $2000 cash prize. Tasmanian agricultural business consultancy Macquarie Franklin is the initial sponsor. Agricul- tural industry groups can submit a nominee and in- dividuals are also urged to apply. Applications close on Friday May 11. Visit the TFGA and Macquarie Franklin web- sites: www.tfga.com.au and www.macquarie franklin.com.au. Wet time as March records fall KAROLIN MacGREGOR AUTUMN got off to a wet start across most of Tasmania with higher than average rainfall recorded over much of the state. The Bureau of Meteorology weather wrap up for March shows a series of low pressure systems brought moderate to heavy falls across many re- gions, apart from the east. A low pressure system and cold front early in the month saw falls of between 30mm to 60mm over much of the north and west on March 3. Cold fronts on March 21 and 23, which included the rem- nants of ex-tropical cyclone Lua, produced heavy falls of between 60mm-90mm over the west. However, the state's wettest day was on March 16, when several places had their wettest March day on record. These included Waratah (68.2mm), Gowrie Park (53.2mm) and Irish Town (50.6mm). Mount Read once again had the wettest day on record with falls of 83.6mm on March 5. These rainfall events also saw some places have their wettest March on record and many had the wettest March for at least 20 years. Cape Grim had 116mm of rain for the month, which is a March record for the region. Unfortunately, most of the rain did not make it into the state's eastern areas where Fingal was the driest place recording just 20mm of rain for the whole month. Mount Read was the state's wettest place with falls of 375mm in March. Despite the wet conditions, overall tempera- tures across the state were near average. The exception to this was a cold front on March 23 which bought a blast of chilly weather to most of the state. Showers fell across most of the state with hail and snowfall to around 700m above sea level. Quite a few areas had their coldest March day on record on March 23, some by several degrees. A maximum tempera- ture of 0C was recorded at Mount Read which is the state's second coldest March maxi- mum temperature on record, behind the -.5C recorded at Mount Wellington last year. The cold conditions persisted overnight on March 24 when temperatures dipped up to 10C below normal and saw frost in many regions. Scottsdale was one place to feel the chill with temperatures dropping to a March record of -.8C overnight. The warmest day for the month was on March 14 when temperatures at Strahan Aero- drome reached a scorching 30.3C. Launceston Airport re- corded the state's warmest days on average with 22.1C, while the coldest place during March was Mount Wellington with an a average day time temperature of just 10.4C. Mount Wellington also re- corded the coldest night during March on the 24th when it dropped to a freezing -3C. The highest wind gust of the month was 146km/h at Hogan Island on March 23. of the exciting Agfest action 'Get to Agfest 2012 and be part of history and a milestone event' ---AGFEST PROMOTIONS AND MEDIA DIRECTOR KATIE COAD Mrs Coad said further information about the competition is available on the Agfest website www.agfest.com.au. ''The milestone of reaching 30 years is an achievement in itself, but it is important to reflect Agfest grew from the idea of raising funds after the Rural Youth Organisation of Tas- mania lost government funding,'' Mrs Coad said. The field days, estab- lished in 1983, were first held at Symmons Plans attracting 111 exhibitors and 9000 patrons. ''Leap forward to last year when Agfest at- tracted about 60,000 pa- trons with about 700 exhibitors,'' she said. Commemorative can coolers with the 30th Agfest design and Year of Farmer logo will be available for purchase from the Rural Youth Feature tent, opposite Central Arena on Fifth Avenue. Mrs Coad recom- mends people book May 3,4and5intheir diaries. ''Get to Agfest 2012 and be part of history and a milestone event,'' she said. ''Witness for yourself why this event has been running for 30 years.'' Agfest 2012 is May 3, 4 and 5, Quercus Rural Youth Park, Oaks Road, Carrick. Tickets available at the gates or get in early and buy them at Coles Supermarkets. ''Get your tickets while shopping for your groceries,'' Mrs Coad suggests. Entry is $15 adults, $3 children 5 and over, and free for under 5s. Mentor Katie's role recognised STALWART: Katie Crane OATLANDS Rural Youth Club member Katie Crane has won the distinguished Graeme Tole Memorial Award Presidents Prize. The award was an- nounced at the Rural Youth State AGM din- ner in Deloraine last Saturday. Ms Crane is con- sidered a mentor to many in Rural Youth, and has held roles at various levels, includ- ing Agfest chairman for two years. She is South- ern Region Rural Youth president. Ms Crane was Rural Youth state president in 2010, earning her del- egate position to the advisory committee. She has been a mem- ber of Oatlands Rural Youth club, since 15 years of age. Ms Crane has been delegate to the resource allocation committee and changed hats going in for battle for Agfest budgets then a couple of years later, fighting for Rural Youth budgets when she was state president. AttheendofMayMs Crane, as an ambassa- dor for the Graeme Tole Memorial Award, will represent Rural Youth, ar the Young Farmer Grand Final and Natio- nal Conference in New Zealand. The prize was estab- lished in 2009 to honour the memory of Graeme Tole, who was a won- derful asset in the Rural youth Organisation of Tasmania. Mr Tole join- ed Westmorland Rural Youth in 1962 and held executive positions. In 1977 he was award- ed life membership of Rural Youth. He died in 2004 after a farming in- cident. The other nominees this year were James McShane, Jade Hall, Amanda Bayles, Nerin- da Lade and Kyle Robin- son. Criteria to be nomi- nated includes seven years of service to the organisation, make a continuous and notable contributions to all areas of the organis- ation, and must have taken on roles on at least four committees. ROGER HANSON
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