Farm­ing, fish, flora feast

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The part­ner­ship be­tween farm­ers, land man­agers and gov­ern­ment agen­cies is cru­cial for a pro­duc­tive and sus­tain­able agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

In­for­ma­tion on how this part­ner­ship works and how farm­ers can make the most of their cir­cum­stances will be avail­able at the Wim­mera Machin­ery Field Days.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria has promised a feast of farm­ing, flora and fish­eries to be on the menu at the Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria tent at this year’s event from March 7 to 9.

The mar­quee will also fea­ture Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity and Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning.

Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria dis­plays will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion about how agri­cul­tural busi­nesses can make the most of their crop­ping and live­stock en­ter­prises.

There will be depart­ment staff avail­able to help with any live­stock health and wel­fare is­sues and also talk about a range of land-health work­shops and ac­tiv­i­ties com­ing up in 2017.

Grain farm­ers can reap plenty of in­for­ma­tion from the site, with the cli­mate, soils and nu­tri­ents and agron­omy among top­ics on of­fer.

Mem­bers of the depart­ment’s Hor­sham Ce­real Pathol­ogy team will be avail­able through­out the field days.

Last year’s wet spring has pro­vided its fair share of dis­ease chal­lenges and staff will be on hand to talk about these is­sues and also hand out the 2017 Ce­real and Pulse Dis­ease Guides and up­dated fact sheets.

Sci­ence is also on the agenda, with Aus­tralian Grains Genebank show­cas­ing a Get into Grains pro­gram, aimed at grade five and six stu­dents, along with a dis­play of seeds from around the globe. There will be plenty of in­ter­ac­tive games de­signed to be both fun and in­for­ma­tive, help­ing chil­dren learn about seeds, why they are dif­fer­ent to each other, and how they can be kept in the freezer for­ever.

The angling fra­ter­nity, which slips in to a niche po­si­tion in the agri­cul­ture port­fo­lio, will have a chance to get a copy of the new Vic­to­rian Recre­ational Fish­ing Guide 2017, which out­lines recre­ational fish­ing gear en­ti­tle­ments and daily catch and size lim­its for the Wim­mera and be­yond.

Staff from the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment, Land, Wa­ter and Plan­ning will also be on hand to dis­cuss a range of is­sues in­clud­ing na­tive vegetation and threat­ened species. There will also be for­est fire man­age­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives on hand.

Staff from Vicmap To­po­graphic Maps will again dis­play their maps, which can clearly show nat­u­ral and con­structed fea­tures on stretches of land. These in­clude con­tours, rivers, streams, wa­ter­falls, lakes, vegetation, roads, cliffs, lo­cal­i­ties, park bound­aries and ship­wrecks.

And if these peo­ple are un­able to an­swer ques­tions, DEDJTR’s cus­tomer ser­vice cen­tre of­fi­cers will be on site to help. These staff, who work from a call cen­tre in Bal­larat, will man a special in­for­ma­tion desk and will be keen to chat about a range of top­ics.

Pen­cils, prizes and photos for kids

The Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria mar­quee will host a range of ac­tiv­i­ties and fea­tures for chil­dren young and old dur­ing the three days.

Part­ner­ing with Wim­mera Catch­ment Man­age­ment Author­ity, the site will in­clude a spe­cific chil­dren’s area. There will be a ‘selfie’ stand where peo­ple of all ages can get their photo taken look­ing over a farm gate and then have a print made on the spot.

Staff will again pro­vide plenty of ma­te­rial to do colour­ing in, with bud­ding artists able to sub­mit their work for a com­pe­ti­tion to win a book voucher prize.

The Get into Grains site will pro­vide a chance to match grains with foods and also learn about some of the 150-mil­lion seeds kept at Aus­tralian Grains Genebank in Hor­sham.

Sec­ondary stu­dents will be able to find answers to a se­ries of ques­tions re­lat­ing to the site and be in the run­ning for another $50 book voucher prize. Peo­ple, of all ages are en­cour­aged to join in the fun at Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria, Site D1-4.

FUN AND IN­FOR­MA­TIVE: Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria’s Heather Dren­del and Dale Boyd. Young­sters will be able to ex­plore world seeds at the Agri­cul­ture Vic­to­ria mar­quee.

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