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Connecting with landowners at Mingenew Midwest Expo

DPIRD research officer Mark Sander (left) and members of the Geographic Information Services team will be at the Mingenew Midwest Expo enabling landowners to correct or update any information on its farm database. Image provided by the WA DPIRD

The ability to connect directly with landowners is the focus of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s (DPIRD’s) stand at 2017’s Mingenew Midwest Expo on 16-17 August 2017.

The department will have its biggest presence in years at the 2017 expo, with many projects included in the stand-alone dedicated exhibition space.

The Geographic Information Services (GIS) team is making its long-awaited return to the expo, after a five-year absence, so property owners can view and correct any information on the State’s farm database.

Department GIS research officer Mark Sander said visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to ensure property details, such as address, contact names, phone numbers and email addresses, were up to date.

“It is vital the information on the farm database is correct, as it helps us communicate directly with property owners,” Mr Sander said.

“The database is constantly referred to for day-to-day administration, such as issuing 1080 permits, brand registrations and economic analysis.”

The GIS display will feature large, colourful property maps of every grainbelt shire in Western Australia. Every landowner who checks their property details will automatically enter a competition to win an A0-size laminated aerial map of their property.

Visitors to the DPIRD stand will also be able to access a range of tailored information and decision-making tools to help them best manage their property during 2017’s variable season.

Growers can talk to DPIRD officers the department’s Rainfall to Date, Virtual Weather Station, Soil Water and Potential Yield online tools, as well as the work being done by its eConnected Grainbelt project.

The Grains Farm Biosecurity Program is celebrating its tenth year and the display will provide all the latest farm biosecurity information to enable landowners to protect their properties from unwanted pests and diseases.

Biosecurity for livestock will also be a focus, with a department vet available to discuss topical animal health issues, including Johne’s disease and the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program.

Livestock Biosecurity Network representative Frances Gartrell will also be available to guide owners on how to fill out a biosecurity plan for the new Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) on the second day of the expo.

Livestock traceability is a vital part of an emergency response to animal disease, with department staff available to assist with enquiries about livestock registration, brands, identification and movement.

The department’s MyPestGuide program along with information on Emergency Animal Diseases, both part of the Royalty for Regions funded Transforming Regional Biosecurity Response, will also be a feature of the display.

Biosecurity officers will be on-hand to talk to famers about best practice management of Skeleton weed, a declared pest in WA, and will discuss the latest research developments, including an ongoing trial surveillance program using drones.

The DPIRD display will be located at stand 5 on Yandanooka Street in the Mingenew Midwest Expo showground on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August 2017.

Source: WA DPIRD

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