Sunday 28th May 2017

AFG SWAN Register

AFG SWAN Branch is coordinating a register of timber assets on private land. This will benefit growers across South West WA by matching their timber with any opportunities for existing and new markets.

Cost:
• Free for AFG members. To access the register for free as a member, login first and click the Events tab (Note, AFG is offering up to 2 months "free" membership for anyone who joins AFG in May and June. Please join and pay online then email accounts@afg.asn.au to indicate you would like to take advantage of this offer)
• $50 for non-members

Other benefits - access to SWAN services including:
• The Peer Group Mentoring Program (i.e. support for landowners who want to use trees but aren't too sure how to start)
• Master TreeGrower courses
• Discount for field days
• Gate sign with SWAN logo

Register Here

For more information, contact the SWAN branch by email

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Media Release - Real agro- brewing in Tasmanian Forests

While the Tasmanian State Government, Forest Industries Association of Tasmania and green activists are embroiled in a war of words, the business of agroforestry or integrating farming and forestry continues unabated.

Dr Kevin Harding from Australian Forest Growers said, ‘Integrating forestry and farming has proven to be great way to preserve our landscapes, increase biodiversity and improve income for farmers – and on 28 April at Cradle Mountain, people will be able to see best practice in action’. Please see full Media Release

A discussion based field day, ‘Forestry and Farming – a Perfect Fit’, is to be held in April 2017, will help other famers better grow, manage and harvest trees on their farms to enhance grazing, diversify income and protect the environment.

Who: Roger and Outhay Poltock - Australian Forest Growers National Tree Farmers of the Year.
What: Field day. Topics include, commodity and special timber species, shelterbelt design, riparian biodiversity, integrating tree growing with agriculture and diversifying income.
Where: 192 Cradle Mountain Road, Wilmot 7310
When: Friday 28 April 2017, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
RSVP is essential email Tracey King or 647 77052.
More information can be found at PFT

About Roger and Outhay
The Poltocks have over the last 30 years successfully integrated trees into their farm and have harvested timber, provided shade and shelter for livestock, increased biodiversity, improved landscape and amenity and importantly diversified their income. If these practices were more widely adopted across the nation, the farm sector would be more productive and profitable, more sustainable, income and drought resilient a better custodian of the environment.

About the Tree Farmer of the Year
The Award, sponsored by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources honours and acknowledges landowners or private forest managers who, by their personal efforts, have demonstrably managed to establish or maintain areas of forest on their property for the purposes of sustainable commerce in the products attainable from trees, protection for either catchments or crops, or for reasons of preservation of biodiversity or a particular forest ecosystem.

Contact: Arthur Lyons Secretary, Australian Forest Growers (Tasmania) 0419 000 630

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