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2020 Tamar Valley Producer projects

2020 Tamar Valley Producer projects

  • Pastures
  • Soil Health
  • Carbon Neutral Farming
  • Small Farm Roadmap
  • Various Weed Management Projects

Tamar NRM are running five Tamar Valley producer projects in 2020 promoting sustainable and profitable enterprises.

Expressions of interest are being sought now for these projects.

An Expression of interested form can be found on this website (link below). Complete the form, scan and email or post back to us, or call Greg on 0438 642 112 to register over the phone.

To register your interest in 2020 Ag Projects today!

Limited numbers for some projects

CLICK ON LINK

End of Year Ag-Update All Projects

CLICK ON LINK

For more information call Greg on 6323 3310; 0438 642 112

2020 Ragwort Raids

Call for Volunteers

In our 21st year of “Raiding” lets demonstrate the value of people power. The Tamar Valley is getting on top of Ragwort (Jacobaea vulgaris).

GET ALONG AND HELP US KEEP IT THAT WAY!

East Tamar

Saturday 1st February

From 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Pipers River Fire Station

BBQ Lunch provided.

 

West Tamar

Sunday 2nd February

From 9.00 am -12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Winkleigh Hall, Winkleigh Road

BBQ Lunch provided.

 

Ragwort – Jacobaea vulgaris syn. Senecio jacobaea

Launceston

Wednesday 5th February

From 9.00am to 12.00pm

Where: Launceston, Tasman Highway & Blessington Road

Supported by:

Meet at Waverley Lake Carpark, Naroo Street

Lunch provided.

 

Contact Tamar NRM

Ph. 6323 3310, or Jo Mob. 0400 866 934

for information and registrations

Welcome to Jo Lyall, 2020 Ragwort Raid Coordinator.

Longtime Ragwort Raider, Owner Nest Environmental Services and  and West Tamar Farmer Jo Lyall will coordinate the 2020 Raid. Jo also prepares the mapping for our Ragwort Raid Report, so understands distribution and roads travelled.

2020 RAGWORT RAIDS

2020 will be our 21st year of Ragwort raiding!

Join us for this event as we are winning the battle in the Tamar Valley.

A combination of people power, biocontrol and enforcement is saving the area from large economic losses should ragwort become widely established.

Call for Volunteers:

East Tamar

Saturday 1st February

From 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Pipers River Fire Station

BBQ Lunch provided.

 

West Tamar

Sunday 2nd February

From 9.00 am -12.00 noon

Meet at 9.00 am Winkleigh Hall, Winkleigh Road.

BBQ Lunch provided.

 

Launceston

Wednesday 5th February

From 9.00am to 12.00pm

Where: Launceston, Tasman Highway & Blessington Road

Meet at Waverley Lake Carpark, Naroo Street

Lunch provided.

 

Contact Tamar NRM

Ph. 6323 3310
or Coordinator Jo Lyall Mob. 0400 866 934

for information and registrations

LINK TO POSTER

Welcome to Jo Lyall long time “Ragwort raider” and our 2020 Ragwort Raid Coordinator. Jo has also prepared our report mapping for the past 2 years, so knows the roads travelled and where to look for Ragwort.

 

Biochar Forum – Tamar Valley & Burnie

Thursday 31st October at Burnie

Friday 1st November, 2019 – Tamar Valley

http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Biochar-Forum-Poster_A4.pdf

Tamar NRM and Biochar industry experts are running a forum entitled BIOCHAR – “Because the Time is Right”.

Produced by burning organic matter in an oxygen-limited environment, biochar is used as a soil amendment.

Biochar can close or rebalance or detoxify different environmental cycles from carbon, to nitrogen, to phosphorus to water. Its surface area, porosity, morphology, electrical conductivity and other varied and variable characteristics lend themselves to a myriad of different end uses.

The Forums will present the science behind biochar and importantly the opportunities for it provides for Tasmanians.

LINK TO POSTER

Cost: Individual / Farmers $25 & Business $75 (includes up to 4 participants)

Bookings & Enquiries: Phone: 6323-3310, Mobiles: Frank 0417 312 927, Greg 0438 642 112

**Lunch and refreshments provided with gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free options available.**

TWO EVENT LOCATIONS Tamar Valley (1st Nov) and Burnie (31st Oct)

TAMAR VALLEY: Friday 1st November 2019 – 9.30-4.30

LINK TO TAMAR PROGRAM

BURNIE: Thursday 31st October 2019 – 9.30-4.30

LINK TO BURNIE PROGRAM

Brought to you by Tamar NRM and Biochar industry experts “Because the Time is Right”.

Proceeds to assist the establishment of the Tasmanian Biochar Initiative.

Triple Bluff Walk

Register TODAY (Limited places) to come on the Low Head to Beechford Walk. We will be removing marine debris and sea spurge as we go.

Time allowed for sharing stories and hearing from the local experts.

Leaves from East Beach, Low Head.

More information on the poster:

LINK TO POSTER

Brought to you by the George Town Coastal Management Group and Tamar NRM.

Call to Landholders – Healthy Soils Discussion Group 2020

 

Tamar Valley is one of 11 soils discussion groups supported through MLA funding, across NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria) will host another three soils field days in autumn 2020.

The 3 Soil Health Field Days held in August 2019 were well supported, but plenty more planned with a fresh discussion group being assembled via expressions of interest.

Tamar NRM are now seeking interest from landholders to commit to attending the three autumn 2020 soil discussion events all held within a fortnight of each other. The goal is developing producer skills in soil management (e.g. interpreting a soil test, water logging or prioritising fertiliser investment).

(Tamar NRM commenced a Healthy Soils Demonstration site at “Wenlock”, Rosevale in October 2019).

To register your Interest in SOILS

CLICK ON LINK

To register your interest in other Ag Projects

CLICK ON LINK

End of Year Ag-Update All Projects

CLICK ON LINK

For more information call Greg on 6323 3310; 0438 642 112

 

Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant

The Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant is open to any individual/school/landcare/ community group undertaking a sustainability project in a rural or urban area of the Tamar region, Tasmania. Projects may relate to, for example:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Environmental education
  • Research projects or trials
  • Improving sustainable living
  • Plantings
  • Maintenance of local ecosystems

Project Funding: up to $1,500 – to be used for project-related costs only.

CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FORM (in word format)

Complete addressing all the criteria and emaul back to Tamar NRM

 

Applications must be received by 5pm, Friday, 16th August, 2019

 

Submit applications to [email protected]

Applicants will be informed of the result early September.

Healthy Soils Discussion Group – Expression of Interest Open

Funding courtesy of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) will enable Tamar NRM to participate in a national pilot project looking at creating and maintaining healthy soils.

The Tamar Valley is to be one of eleven soils discussion groups supported through MLA funding, across New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

It is anticipated that two discussion groups will meet 3 times in either spring 2019 or autumn 2020. Participants will use a range of new and existing approaches and products to assess and improve the condition of the soils on their farms.

This project will focus on getting back to the basics and highlighting to landholders that soils health is a first step rather than an afterthought and include:

  • The role of soils in pasture renovation, nutrient testing and budgeting for better soils outcomes and ultimately improved production.
  • Correcting soil fertility deficiencies and improving wet soils drainage.
  • Based on the model of field based activities where producers visit farms and witness first-hand what works in the Tamar Valley.
  • The project is to begin in spring 2019 and conclude in autumn 2020 with a shared event networking with other groups.

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:

Healthy Soils Discussion Group:

CLICK HERE

FOR REGISTRATION AND EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Spring Field Days: Fri 9th August; Fri 16th August; Friday 23rd August 2019

Autumn 2020 Field Days: TBA.

 

Latest Developments:

We are delighted to have secured presenters Rob Moreton (DPIPWE), Theresa Chapman (RMCG) and Dr. Bill Cotching.

MLA Healthy Soils Guest Presenters:

MLA Healthy Soils bios only