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Day 3 - June 10 2013 Las Rosas and Las Parejas

Day 3 was the real start of our tour. We were met by Andres Citroni fro m CIDETER, who had been instrumental in organising both our 2012 and 2013 trips. We then drove to Las Rosas where we picked up our interpreter Maria. Las Rosas is a manufacturing town with over 400 engineering workshops and machinery manufacturers. We then made our first visit to PLA a seeder and sprayer manufacturer.  We were hosted there by Fermin and Josephina, both PLA engineers who walked us through their new factory (which was being commissioned when we visited in 2012). This is an old established company which initially developed its own front and rear mounted sprayers and now has a range of double disc planters. We were able to look at their range of equipment and then view some presentations over lunch before settling into some technical discussions about their machines. . .


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Off to tour Argentina again

CANFA is again leading a delegation of farmers and agribusiness to Argentina on a study tour of their no-till grain production and machinery systems. Special interest will again be in their seeding, spraying, liquid fertiliser, harvesting, grain silo bagging and extraction and precision agriculture technologies. The touring party leave this Saturday June 8 and return on June 18. The group will again be visiting a number of machinery manufacturers at their premises as well as spending 4 days at AgroActiva, the largest of the Argentinean machinery field days. Two of the group, CANFA Committee member Grant Byrne (who toured in March 2012 as well) and CANFA life member Scott McCalman, are being hosted at the field day by Pro Cordoba as part of their special international contingent. They will be participating in a range of special featured presentations and machinery displays.  . .


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Off to Argentina again

CANFA is again leading a delegation of farmers and agribusiness to Argentina on a study tour of their no-till grain production and machinery systems. Special interest will again be in their seeding, spraying, liquid fertiliser, harvesting, grain silo bagging and extraction and precision agriculture technologies. The touring party leave this Saturday June 8 and return on June 18. The group will again be visiting a number of machinery manufacturers at their premises as well as spending 4 days at AgroActiva, the largest of the Argentinean machinery field days. Two of the group, CANFA Committee member Grant Byrne (who toured in March 2012 as well) and CANFA life member Scott McCalman, are being hosted at the field day by Pro Cordoba as part of their special international contingent. They will be participating in a range of special featured presentations and machinery displays.  . .


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Another successful Carbon Farming Conference in Dubbo

I have just spent the last 2 days at the 6th annual 2012 Carbon Farming Conference and Awards Dinner in Dubbo. Michael and Louisa Kiely should feel very proud of their achievements in running another very successful forum with an excellent range of speakers; farmers, researchers, politicians, economists, lawyers; you name it they were all there. And for good reason – because I feel that the issue of carbon farming is finally starting to get somewhere! . .


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Truk inducted into Carbon Farming Hall of Fame

Fresh from his life membership of CANFA and Golden Shovel Award, John Lawrie (aka Truk) has been inducted into the Carbon Farming Hall of Fame. The announcement was made at the National Carbon Cocky Awards Gala presentation Dinner in Dubbo on Tuesday 23 October 2012. . .


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Update from Kazakhstan from Snow Keene

I have just returned from Kazakhstan and thought the CANFA members may be interested in this article, below, relating to the drought in Central Asia. . .


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2012 Victorian disc planter study tour

A bus trip, sponsored by the Murrumbidgee CMA and Caring For Our Country was all that we expected it to be and more. The only disappointment was that we only had 12 on the bus! With its main intention to look at disc planting technology, it started from Dubbo on Sunday 22 July 2012 and ended 9 days later. We made various stops along the way, including Michael Pfitzner’s Rankin Springs property (in which Roberto Peiretti was particularly impressed) with his NDF planter, the CANFA and Vic No-Till /First National No-Till Conferences and dinners (including another entertaining evening with guest speaker Neville Brady), David Cook at Shepparton with his Baker Cross Slot planter, Bruce McCague at Rochester with his new Excel planter and Simplicity airseeder, Evan Lewis at Werneth, Scott Blurton at Streatham with his John Deere single disc seeder, George and Barbara Burdett at Wickcliffe, Craig and Jamie Jordan at Murtoa with their Daybreak disc planter, Rob Ruwoldt at Murtoa with his Grizzly disc planter, Craig Keofford at Whitton with his Semeato TDNG double disc planter, Richie Lees at Barellan with his Ultisow disc seeder, Al Payne at Yalgogrin and Grant Byrne at Peak Hill. Various other stops of interest were made along the way including manufacturing facilities of both Goldacres in Ballarat and Gason at Ararat looking at their range of impressive products, the junction of the Darling and Murray rivers at Lock 10, Wentworth and a quick look at Ian Linklater’s farm at Gol Gol (who is using tractor exhaust injection technology). . .


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2012 Golden Shovel Award winners

CANFA has added another three life members at its annual Conference. The Golden Shovel award was made to two long-term farming family contributors, Scott & Jo McCalman and the Wass brothers, and a public servant, Richard Chewings who have all contributed substantially, not only to the cause of conservation agriculture across Australia but to CANFA in general. . .


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