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Invasive weeds is a serious problem facing agriculture in North Queensland and early intervention is key to management.
The Dry Tropics Pest Advisory Forum is hosting a weed control day at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Tropical Weeds Research Centre, Charters Towers on Friday, June 9 to promote awareness and provide practical current best practice solutions to landholders and community interest groups to help manage weeds.
NQ Dry Tropics Program Coordinator - Protecting Biodiversity Brett King said the workshops would focus on local issues, with input from local government, industry and landcare representatives.
“The aim of the day is to provide tools, knowledge and support to landholders to help them effectively manage the impacts of weeds on their agricultural profitability and improve native habitat on their properties,” Mr King said.
“Weeds are a big inhibitor to the cattle industry and weed control is the number one talking point in natural resource management in the region.
“It puts our agriculture under pressure, our environment under pressure and our communities under pressure.  However, management solutions are continually being developed and the forum is about sharing those solutions.
“It’s also an opportunity for landholders to voice how weed management issues affect them. Effective weed management needs the input of the whole community,” he said.
Updates on biosecurity legislation will also be provided on the day, and demonstrations in herbicide control techniques, weed identification and sample collection methods will also be held. 
“The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Tropical Weeds Research Centre is also opening its facilities up for the day. Visitors will be able to walk through the glasshouses and see current biological control activities and inspect  seed bank trials,” Mr King said. 
The Dry Tropics Pest Advisory Forum is organised by the Burdekin dry tropics regional pest management group and includes representatives from local government, industry, landcare groups, and NQ Dry Tropics.
Places are limited so be quick to register by June 5 to shane.campbell@daf.qld.gov.au or 4761 5700.
 MG 31 May 2017

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