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IF there were doubts about the en­durance ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the Span­ish AC­CIONA

100% EcoPow­ered rally car is mak­ing its way around the world tough­ing out some of the most chal­leng­ing desert races.

In 2017, it be­came the first elec­tric car to com­plete the Dakar Rally, and in the past few weeks has com­pleted the Finke Desert Race near Alice Springs.

The elec­tric car, has a

250kW syn­chro­nous elec­tric mo­tor equiv­a­lent to 340 horse­power, and is driven by eight fast-charg­ing lithium bat­tery mod­ules plus a

100W so­lar panel.

It was able to com­plete

226km non-stop run on day

2 of the race.

The car was driven by two fe­male mo­tor­sports ex­perts: 10-time Dakar racer An­drea Peter­hansel and Emma Clair, Baja’s TT world cham­pion in quad. The pair part­nered for the

2017 Baja Italia Rally. EGGS and a whole flock of lucky (or is that clucky) chick­ens just got a get-outof-jail-free card with a new ma­jor deal for cage-free eggs.

With a con­tract for nine mil­lion eggs an­nu­ally, Farm Pride Foods has be­gun to sup­ply cage-free eggs into fa­cil­i­ties ser­viced by cater­ing gi­ant Sodexo Aus­tralia, which has con­tracts with fa­cil­i­ties such as cor­rec­tional cen­tres, re­tire­ment vil­lages, aged care fa­cil­i­ties and min­ing camps.

Cage-free eggs are sourced from chick­ens liv­ing in cli­mate-con­trolled sheds.

The first to ben­e­fit from eggs pro­duced with higher an­i­mal wel­fare val­ues will be two prisons.

Ac­cord­ing to Egg Farm­ers Aus­tralia, 15 mil­lion eggs are pro­duced in Aus­tralia daily, with half sold through re­tail out­lets, and the re­main­der com­mer­cially to food man­u­fac­tur­ers. NSW farm­ers have been of­fered an­other

$1.7 mil­lion in quad-bike safety re­bates, on the back of $2 mil­lion the State Gov­ern­ment has al­ready al­lo­cated for train­ing, hel­mets, rollover pro­tec­tion de­vices and side-by-side ve­hi­cles.

NSW Bet­ter Reg­u­la­tion Min­is­ter Matt Kean said the Gov­ern­ment had de­cided to in­crease its in­vest­ment in the Quad Bike Safety Im­prove­ment Pro­gram to a to­tal of $3.7 mil­lion

“Quad bikes are one of the big­gest killers on our farms. In fact, ac­cord­ing to AgHealth Aus­tralia there have been 240 deaths as a re­sult of quad bikes across Aus­tralia, since 2001,” Mr Kean said.

The statewide pro­gram of­fers two re­bates, worth up to $1000 each, to re­place an ex­ist­ing quad bike or have it fit­ted with safety equip­ment such as roll bars, as well as free ac­cred­ited quad-bike train­ing with To­cal Col­lege. A SCHOL­AR­SHIP pro­gram sup­port­ing young Aus­tralians to un­der­take ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in agri­cul­ture is now ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

The re­spected $3000 multi-year schol­ar­ship of­fered by Agribusi­ness Aus­tralia aims to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of agribusi­nesses, and is open to all stu­dents who are in or start­ing their fi­nal year of high school re­gard­less of whether or not they have ac­cess to a sec­ondary school agri­cul­ture pro­gram.

Ap­pli­ca­tions close July 27. You can ap­ply via the Ca­reer Har­vest web­site at ca­reer­har­vest.com.au.

A project of the Pri­mary In­dus­tries Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion Aus­tralia, the Ca­reer Har­vest site of­fers a wealth of in­for­ma­tion on schol­ar­ships, ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reer in­for­ma­tion for peo­ple look­ing to de­velop a pri­mary in­dus­tries ca­reer.

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