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Learn weeds 101 at expo

State Aquatic Weed co-ordinator Charlie Mifsud in one of the glass houses at the Grafton Primary Industries Institute where research is conducted into various species of weeds. Charlie is one of the guest speakers at next Wednesday’s Weed Expo at the Grafton Showground.
State Aquatic Weed co-ordinator Charlie Mifsud in one of the glass houses at the Grafton Primary Industries Institute where research is conducted into various species of weeds. Charlie is one of the guest speakers at next Wednesday’s Weed Expo at the Grafton Showground. JoJo Newby

LANDOWNERS' weed worries will be dealt with next Wednesday when a team of experts gather at the Grafton Showground to provide the latest information, offer helpful advice, provide practical solutions where possible and generally give weeds a hard time.

The Grafton Weed Expo, organised by Clarence Valley Council and Department of Primary Industries, has a comprehensive program including guest speakers covering a broad range of topics, demonstrations and identification opportunities if landowners are stumped with something growing on their patch.

Council Senior Environmental officer Reece Luxton said participants would learn about new and established weed threats in the region and smart approaches to controlling them using the same tactics being applied across the Clarence catchment.

"We have a few tools in our toolbox to show them how it can be done," Mr Luxton said.

Besides the educational aspect of the expo, there will also be a chance to socialise and enjoy a free barbecue courtesy of Norco, so please RSVP to Reece Luxton on 6641 7241.

WEED EXPO PROGRAM

9.30am: Morning tea meet and greet. Displays, plant identification.

10am: Welcome from Councillor Karen Toms. Overview of day and introductions.

10.05am: Weeds in the Clarence Valley. Overview Clarence Valley Council noxious weed program presented by senior environmental officer Reece Luxton.

10.20am: Tropical soda apple. Presentation by CVC weeds officer Chris Clausen.

10.35am: Hymenachne and other new weeds. Presentation by Rod Ensbey from NSW DPI weeds section.

10.50am: Alligator weed. Presentation by Charlie Mifsud from NSW DPI weeds section.

11.05am: 10 minute break.

11.15am: Giant Parramatta grass and crown rot fungus control. Presentation by research agronomist David Officer from NSW DPI.

11.45am: Land management impact on pasture grasses/species, grazing systems, fertilizer management, stock quarantine presented by cattle officer Trevor Rose from NSW DPI.

12.10pm: Pasture weed management presented by Tas Campbell from Dept. Ag.

12.30pm-1.15pm: Free barbecue lunch provide by Norco. Machinery demonstrations and weed displays and identification.

1.15pm: Lantana, cat's claw creeper and Madeira biological control programs. Presented by Royce Holtkamp from NSW DPI weeds section.

1.30pm: Latest on chemicals. Production information presented by Norco and Dow Agro.

1.45pm: Clarence Landcare weeds program - how they can help. Resource kit for rural landholders. Presented by Julie Mousley from Grafton Landcare.

2pm: Where to get more information. eg local council, NRCMA, DPI, chemical, machinery and equipment suppliers.

2.15pm: Wrap up.

*Program includes five minutes of question time after each speaker.

Topics:  grafton showgrounds, weed expo


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