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TAS Country : May 10th 2012
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, May 11, 2012 News Vegetable promotion a growing concern ROGER HANSON PRIMARY producers will plug in on how to market and promote their product at the AUSVEG National Convention in Hobart this weekend. The national conference, which has attracted almost 1000 delegates, started at Wrest Point in Hobart yesterday and wraps up tomorrow night at the AUSVEG Awards for Ex- cellence and Gala Dinner. The event will inject about a million dollars into the Tasmanian economy. The conference is the largest gathering of vegetable growers, researchers and supply- chain representatives from across the industry. It has become a critical event on the horti- culture calendar. All vegetable growers around the country want to market and promote themselves effectively. Professor Hamish Gow, from Massey University in New Zealand, will speak tomorrow at 9.20am in the Speakers Auditorium on generic marketing cam- paigns and if they would have any effect on con- sumption levels. Prof Gow is professor of agribusiness, director of the Centre of Agribusiness Policy and Strategy and AgriCommerce Programs at Massey University. Before moving to Massey, he was director of the Partnerships for Food Industry Development Fruits and Vegetables, a USAID-funded develop- ment project. Prof Gow's research and industry experiences re- late to agribusiness strat- egy, entrepreneurship and business model develop- ment; international food marketing; rural finance; international rural devel- opment and public-private partnerships. Over the past 20 years, he has led market development proj- ects in more than 50 coun- tries and consulted to the European Commission, and World Bank. Victorian Senator John Madigan, known for his part in the McCain potato processing plant blockade in Ballarat and launching the Australian Manufac- turing and Farming Program, speaks at 9.40am. At 10.30am, a panel playing out a national hypothetical E coli out- break, will discuss if Australia is ready to han- dle an outbreak similar to what Europe experienced last year. A panel discussion in- cludes participation from government food recall agencies, industry, re- tailers and media. The Coal Seam Gas de- bate, which is a highly charged issue interstate, will be heard at 11.50am. Today, the keynote spea- ker is Australian Workers Union (AWU) national sec- retary Paul Howes. He will present his ad- dress at 10.30am. Record for milk queen A 15-year-old Brown Swiss cow has made the record books for the breed by producing more than 120,000 litres of milk in her productive lifetime. The cow, Sherbrooke El Bianca, is owned by breeder Susan Brown at Strathmerton in Victoria. Connecting Australia to a better future National Broadband Network Advertisement Authorised by the Australian Government, Capital Hill, Canberra To learn more about the National Broadband Network, visit australia.gov.au/nbn or call 1800 023 076 The National Broadband Network is improving access to healthcare around Australia "The NBN gives people, especially those in regional areas, better access to healthcare from home. With a high-speed, much more reliable connection, doctors, nurses and specialists can stay in touch with their patients, wherever they are. I'm involved in a movement therapy trial, where a stroke patient in a regional location is connected online to a therapist in Sydney. With the NBN, we get the same level of interaction as if the patient and therapist were in the same room together." - Dr. Penelope McNulty, Neuroscience Research Australia Facts and benefits: The NBN will deliver access to high-speed,reliable broadband to all of Australia. The NBN rollout is underway, prioritising regional Australia. The NBN will include a range of technologies: optic fibre, fixed wireless and next-generation satellite services. Connecting to the NBN is simple. National Alpaca Week FARMS OR EVENTS TO VISIT Visit an alpaca farm or event in your area and get up close and personal with alpacas! ® www alpaca asn au MA Celebrating alpaca events across Australia 2031974-120511 Ama Dablam Alpacas Huonville 0424 109 969 Dowpaca Holdings Allens Rivulet 6239 6223 Edenbay Alpacas Howden 0417 771 477 KingIsle Alpacas King Island 0428 621 054 La Paca Alpacas Howden 6267 1221 Leaenna Alpacas Brighton 6263 2222 Mossvale Alpacas Crabtree 0412 430 982 Mount Roland Alpacas Railton 6496 1942 Olmec Alpacas Magra 6261 3496 Quamby Park Alpacas Deloraine 6362 2343 Wharncliffe Alpacas Kingston 6229 7147 *** Please visit www.alpaca.asn.au or contact farm for dates & times
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