Award winning Department back in strength for Woolorama
Media release : 23rd February 2009
The Department of Agriculture and Food is looking forward to strong public interest in its Wagin Woolorama exhibition after winning the Best Display on ground award last year.
The department’s display co-ordinator Dina Barrett-Lennard said more than 50 staff would be on hand at its Woolorama stand, providing the latest research and development information from around 20 current projects.
“Agricultural industries and communities continue to face major challenges, and the department’s research and development efforts are an important support in ensuring best practice and world class produce,” Ms Barrett-Lennard said.
“One project expected to attract a lot of interest is our work on breeding for bare breech and information on how the department can assist with the transition from mulesing. The industry deadline to stop mulesing is next year, so we will have staff available to talk about phasing out mulesing,” Ms Barrett-Lennard said.
“Our theme this year is ‘Healthy food, healthy planet’, which is reflected in many of our displays and the work currently being undertaken by our researchers,” she said.
Ms Barrett-Lennard said free farm water quality testing would be available at the department stand if jars with samples were brought along to Woolorama. In addition, farmers will be able to obtain a free farm map and view their property online at the department display when they update their property information.
”Our displays will also focus on climate change management options, and will provide the latest information on the buy west eat best food labelling program that is helping to identify food grown, farmed, fished and processed in WA.”
Ms Barrett-Lennard said the department regarded the Wagin Woolorama as one of the most important showcases for agricultural industry and commerce on the Western Australian calendar.
“It is also a valuable opportunity to show the public what the department does, and how we can assist rural communities,” Ms Barrett-Lennard said.
The Minister for Agriculture and Food Terry Redman will be in Wagin to officially open the two day event. The department’s director general Ian Longson will also attend Woolorama.
The Department of Agriculture and Food team – last year’s best display on the ground winner at the Wagin Woolorama.
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