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TAS Country : June 21st 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012 Tasmanian Country 5 News NO DRAMAS RA S O ARAN ! Plain Wire e alan c a ar Wire Pi e & e • BURNIE • KINGS MEADOWS • MOONAH Sale valid until 30th June 2012. A 13 M A AND ( 3 ) "H s le e s 3 t J e." $72 Fr "L s f st k m st e le e . D st e m ke s ffe !" $1 r ll Fr 133856 3.15mm S ft (75 m) $1 263500 2.5 mm Me m Te s le (15 m) $1 253501 2.5 mm H g Te s le (15 m) $1 263513 1.57mm H g Te s le B (5 m) $72 263514 1.8 mm H g Te s le B (5 m) $ DOWNGRAD A SSORI S H e s f t es f e ess st k m st g ! R ge f fe g t ls & ess es t se! A US OR GR A PRI S! $1 Fr MOR D A S IN S OR ! H ge ge f A st l m e e t e f fe g ge e l se s t e f m et f t gs. A OR PRI ! Valley growers to mull over hemp plan From Page 3 Mr Muir said the indus- try is well positioned should Food Standards Australia New Zealand ap- prove using industrial hemp as a food. The final assessment is expected later this year. Opposition spokesman on primary industries and water, Jeremy Rockliff, said the Liberals raised the need for reform in Tas- mania to facilitate the de- velopment of an industrial hemp industry about two years ago. ''If the Government had acted in a timely fashion, we could already have the beginnings of another crop option for farmers,'' Mr Rockliff said. ''It's good that moves are afoot . . . but with other states looking to take simi- lar steps, we need to ensure reforms are treated with a heightened sense of ur- gency. ''It's important that Tas- mania has the best oppor- tunity to establish an in- dustrial hemp industry, and if we can shore up the first mover advantage for the state by acting quickly to make the required re- forms, we will see the benefits.'' A group of 60 farmers got close to an industrial hemp crop at Bishopsbourne in February when industry representatives turned out for a hemp production field day organised by Serve-Ag in conjunction with NRM North. The field day was part of the Sustainable Land Man- agement Practices project being funded through the Federal Government's Car- ing For Our Country program. The move to establish a hemp industry has tripar- tite support, with the Greens, Labor and Lib- erals keen to reform and encourage the industry. The House of As- sembly's Environment, Re- sources and Development Standing Committee has received 23 submissions about industrial hemp and should begin the hearings early next month. The secretary of the five- person committee, Charles Casimaty, said public hear- ings would be held in Launceston and Hobart. ''The hearings will give people the opportunity to speak to the committee and address their submissions,'' Mr Casimaty said. He said evidence would be taken and then a report would be drafted. builds confidence in local dairy Lion in talks with island suppliers ROGER HANSON 'We will be reviewing contract requirements and product mix in light of any anticipated loss in volume of milk collected' KING Island Dairy is in discussion with dairy far- mers on the island to meet supply demands for its planned cheese-making ex- pansion. Lion Dairy and Drinks, which operates the award- winning King Island Dairy, says it is committed to producing inter- nationally acclaimed King Island-branded products on the island. As a part of the com- pany's review of the cheese businesses last year, Lion is at the plan- ning stage of an expansion to its cheese-making capa- bility on the island. ''However, we are un- able to discuss expansion plans until they are final- ised and we have informed our farmers,'' a spokes- woman for Lion said. Presently, 18.5 million litres of milk is collected on King Island. However, there could be a loss in volume of milk, with the future of one of King Island's largest dairy farms remaining uncer- tain. David Bowden's Winton farm, which has 1150 cows and supplies 4.6 million litres of milk a year, is facing financial difficulty. The farm supplies out-of- season milk to Lion. ''We will be reviewing contract requirements and product mix in light of any anticipated loss in volume of milk collected,'' the spo- keswoman said. ''We are discussing milk sourcing strategy with the island's collective bargain- ing group. We understand that one of our larger suppliers on King Island is facing financial difficulty. ''However, we will not comment on individual contracts due to 'commer- cial in confidence'.'' King Island cheeses con- tinue to receive significant industry awards. ''The awards reflect the unique conditions that produce the high-quality milk on the island,'' the Lion spokeswoman said. Some of King Island Dairy's recent achieve- ments include Dairy Aust- ralia's 2012 Australian Grand Dairy Awards for: King Island Dairy Belgian Chocolate Creme Dessert, champion dairy dessert. King Island Stormy, champion washed rind cheese. King Island Dairy Roar- ing Forties Blue, cham- pion blue cheese. TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania Tasmanian Alkaloids are expanding our growing area this season. Talk to your local TasAlk Field Officer, or Phone 6393 5202 2058341-120413
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