Grant Success to Support Tamar Farming at all Scales
Tamar NRM is to receive $37,590 through the latest round of funding under the National Landcare Programme – Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Round 2015-16, to present innovative and forward-looking solutions on the issues affecting agriculture in the Tamar Valley.
The workshops series will be delivered under the banner of “Backyards to Broadacres” providing regionally relevant information to as wide as possible range of farm producers.
The project will be delivered over 2016 and 2017 spread across the City of Launceston, West Tamar and George Town council’s areas. To register you interest contact Tamar Natural Resource Management on 6323 3310
“This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government”
The Final Report for one of our Flagship events is now on the Website. A big thank you to all supporters, three councils of West Tamar, George Town and Launceston, sponsor RACT, the Tamar NRM Weeds Working Group, and our Co-ordinator of the Raids, Jayne Shapter. Happy reading and see you all at the raids next year. https://www.tamarnrm.com.au/media/reports/
Myrtle rust is continuing to be detected in home gardens in the wider Burnie area since it was first detected in February 2015. Biosecurity Tasmania is continuing with its statewide emergency response program in an attempt to eradicate Myrtle rust, before it becomes established and poses a serious risk to the health of Tasmania’s native bushland.
Myrtle rust has distinctive yellow pustules (see DPIPWE Factsheet ) that contain spores which can be easily spread by wind, insects, animals and people onto nearby host plants, including native bushland, at particular risk may be species in the Myrtaceae family.
Lophomyrtus plants are the key carriers of Myrtle rust and Biosecurity Tasmania needs to inspect these plants in home gardens (with your permission) for signs of disease.
You can help by simply letting DPIPWE know if you have Lophomyrtus plants on your property. The most common Lophomyrtus varieties found in Tasmanian gardens are: Black Stallion (varying from burgundy to green/brown leaves); Red Dragon (reddish leaves); or Rainbows End (pink and cream variegated leaves).
For more information visit the DPIPWE website at: www.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/myrtlerust
Tamar NRM’s Sustainable Living Working Group and Alternative Technology Association
Just Eat It
“We all love food, so how could we possibly be throwing nearly half of it in the trash?”
When: Thursday 10th December
Where: West Tamar Council, Eden Street, Riverside
Cost: $5 at the door on the night.
Filmmakers and food lovers, Jen and Grant, dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.
To celebrate 2015 as International Year of Soils Tamar NRM and Tas Farming Futures proudly present an interactive program for all agriculture industries on soil characteristics and the management practices that will help you get the best productivity outcome. The day will include hands-on outside activities such as soil assessment and in-field tests.
Where: Tresca Community Centre, Main Rd Exeter When: Thursday 3rd December 2015 – 9.30 am to 3 pm Cost: $25 (includes lunch)
SECURE YOUR SPOT AT THE WORKSHOP
For further information contact Greg Lundstrom on 0438 642 112; 6323 3310 or [email protected]
COME AND HEAR FROM OUR EXPERTS
We have a stellar cast of speakers coming for the workshop:
Dr. Doris Blaesing (RMCG)
Doris Blaesing is Associate Principal with RMCG. She has extensive experience in managing RD&E, resource management and strategic agricultural and horticultural projects. Doris majored in soil science at Hannover University, Germany and conducted postdoc studies at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. Doris has extensive knowledge and experience in integrated soil and crop health management, both, from a scientific and practical perspective. During her career she has also often worked with a focus and the post farm gate sector (e.g. business development, postharvest management, food safety).Prior to consulting Doris worked as lecturer, researcher (University, government and private provider), and as horticulture manager in an export business.
Chris Grose (DPIPWE)
Chris Grose is a soil scientist with over 30 years’ experience in soil mapping and land evaluation much of it in Tasmania. Originally from the UK, Chris arrived in Australia after spending several years investigating soils in Papua New Guinea. He has also worked in Kuwait, Israel, the Philippines and three years in the United Arab Emirates. Since arriving in Australia in the early 1990s Chris has worked predominantly in Tasmania for the Department of Primary Industries where he was initially involved in leading the land capability mapping program, publishing the second edition of the Land Capability Handbook in 1999. He has also been involved with a variety of projects relating to land degradation risk mapping and has made numerous presentations to farmers, schools and planners on topics ranging from land capability to soil health and property management planning. Chris is currently involved with two major projects one looking at modelling land suitability for growing a range of different crops around Tasmania and the other a monitoring project looking at changes in soil condition over time. Chris is currently the President of the Tasmanian Branch of Soil Science Australia and is an enthusiastic traveller, bushwalker and photographer.
Donna Lucas (RMCG)
Donna is an Agricultural Consultant with RM Consulting Group. She works with farmers and agribusiness putting research into practice. She has always had an interest in soils since she was a young girl growing up on the farm.
Ashley Hobbins (RMCG)
Ashley is an extension officer with RMCG. Her main role is helping producers improve on-farm efficiency through one-on-one consulting, facilitating workshops and developing communications materials through the ‘Tas Farming Futures’ project. Soil health and in particular soil carbon plays a large role in the work she does.