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TAS Country : May 3rd 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012 Tasmanian Country 11 News MOODY WEATHER: Cattle graze under a threatening sky. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Farmers hold control of funding reins KAROLIN MacGREGOR DAVID BYARD: Positive move THE Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has welcomed a decision by the State Government which will see the beef industry retain control over critical research funding. A decision by the State Government to allow the TFGA to continue to administer the Beef Industry Trust and oversee more than $500,000 in research funding has been described as good news by organisation chief executive Jan Davis. Ms Davis said this week the organis- ation was pleased to see the Govern- ment had taken the industry's con- cerns on board. ''We congratulate the State Govern- ment on listening to industry feedback and ensuring that producers' funds stay in producers' hands,'' she said. The comments come after concerns were raised about state government plans, including from representatives of the Department of Primary Indus- tries Parks Water and Environment and the Tasmanian Institute of Agricul- ture in the three-member Beef Trust. There were fears this could see the $500,000 in research money swallowed up in general government revenue which would not be available for beef industry research. Now, however, after a government review, the Beef Industry Trust will have five trustees. Two of the trustees will be nomi- nated by the TFGA, but they cannot be TFGA employees. The other three trustees will come from industry, including one who has research and development expertise. Ms Davis said it was a good outcome for the Tasmanian industry. ''We were worried that this funding was in danger of just disappearing into a black hole if the Government had gone though with their initial plan,'' she said. ''This really is rainy-day money . . . the industry will not have access to half a million dollars for research again in the near future. ''So it was important that we didn't lose it.'' Ms Davis said the new structure also avoided a possible conflict of interest for TIA, which would most likely be a future recipient of some of the research funding. The decision has also been welcomed by Australian Beef Association execu- tive officer David Byard. ''I think it will work a lot better to have five members instead of three,'' he said. ''It's positive for the industry, I think.'' From 1st May to 16th June 2012, when you purchase GalStar MaxY or GalStar Extreme posts you ll get cash back. The more posts you buy, the more cash you get back. Purchase (in a single transaction) Cashback (incl. GST) 1 100 GalStar MaxY or 400 GalStar Extreme posts $120 evel 2 200 GalStar MaxY or 800 GalStar Extreme posts $320 evel 3 300 GalStar MaxY or 1,200 GalStar Extreme posts $600 For every 100 GalStar MaxY or 400 GalStar Extreme posts above Level 3 $200 BONUS . MIGHTY DEAL. Registered trademark of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited, Ingall Street, Mayfield, NSW 2304. Phone: 13 10 80 ABN 59 000 010 873. ONE1474/TC Le Le BON evel Le CASHBACK Limited time 1May to16 June 2012 Visit www.onesteelwaratah.com.au/cashback for more information and claim details. Drip Irrigation for Field Crops, Vineyards and Orchards Field Day for seasoned irrigators and those who have just invested in new water state-wide The Supper Room, Ross Town Hall (morning) and "Somercotes", Ross (afternoon) Friday 18 May, 10.30am - 2.30pm Come and hear about the potential for drip irrigation in field crops and also how drip has been successfully used in Tasmanian orchards and vineyards for many years. John Poggioli from Netafim will talk about system design and operation and Liz Mann will speak on her extensive experience with buried drip in the processing tomato industry in Victoria. After lunch (provided) we will inspect the Somercotes cherry orchard and hear from John and from orchardist Sam Riggall about drip irrigation in perennial plantings. The issues include: • Why use drip? • Risks involved • Designing your system • Managing your system RSVP by 14 May (for provided lunch) to Lyndal Oppermann ph 6336 5238 Lyndal.Oppermann@utas.edu.au 2005167-120504 Wealth from Water
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