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Return of the Mallee Farmer at Speed Field Days

SPEED Field Days will mark the return of the highly-respected Mallee Farmer Newsletter, with free copies available for all farmers across the region.

Continuing the tradition of providing local dryland farmers with important information on farming practices, research and trials, the first edition of the new-look Mallee Farmer includes information from a range of leading agricultural organisations including the the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), Birchip Cropping Group and Mallee Sustainable Farming.

The Mallee Farmer was produced by the DPI up until early 2009. The Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) this year identified the important role the newsletter played in informing farmers across the region and, with the help of partner agencies, will now produce the publication.

Utilising funding provided through the Australian Government’s Regional Landcare Facilitator program, the Authority will produce The Mallee Farmer in March and August each year and it will be available free of charge.
Mallee CMA chairperson Sharyon Peart said readers can expect interesting content from many reputable sources from across the state.

“The Authority has had great support in producing this edition and it’s great to see so many organisations coming together to ensure we are delivering what the farmers want to know,” Ms. Peart said.

“This newsletter will be invaluable to farmers to keep them up to date on what they can expect to see happening across the region and how they can prepare for the coming season.”

Free copies of The Mallee Farmer newsletter will be available from the Mallee CMA’s site at the Speed Field Days, which will be part of the marquee shared with DPI, Mallee Sustainable Farming and Birchip Cropping Group.
The field days this year will also mark the release of the 2011/12 Mallee Land Protection Incentive Scheme (LPIS).

The 2011/12 Mallee Land Protection Incentive Scheme is offered by the Mallee CMA in partnership with the DPI, with funding provided by the Australian Government's Caring for our Country and the Victorian Government.

The incentive scheme is available to Victorian Mallee dryland famers who want to undertake on-ground works such as salinity control measures, building stock containment areas or dune reclamation works.

With project officer of DPI grain services Jodie Price on site, famers will have the opportunity to raise any queries they may have regarding applications or eligible activities.

Landcare facilitators from the Mallee CMA will also be at the field days to talk about the newly released Victorian Landcare Grants, which are now on offer to Landcare groups across the region. Tree-planting demonstrations and give aways will also be part of the Landcare site.

The Mallee CMA’s Waterwatch trailer will make sure the kids are kept entertained with bug identification and various interactive activities.

The Mallee Machinery Field Days will be held at Speed, on the Sunraysia Highway, on August 3 and 4, 2011.

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