Primex 2014 brings out all the stops
ANYONE can buy a tractor, quad bike or bull at Primex but what about the quirkier goods and services?
If you want your hat stretched or shoes shined then the 30th annual Primex exhibition is the place to be today and tomorrow.
How about a 'you beaut' lifetime guarantee vegetable peeler? There were a few stalls selling those.
Socks and undies are very popular at Primex and this journalist knows a couple of people who wait each year to stock up.
If you are contemplating a holiday, the travel stalls may be of interest or you can tour through some caravans.
For unique, handmade gifts, check out Bentley Forge and Steel Art where Mark Cooper and Barry Owen are working together doing demonstrations of blacksmithing as they make wrought iron gates, balconies, candleholders and other nick-nacks.
"This is our business but there are a lot of hobbyists out there," Mr Cooper said.
"We make customised handrails and gates, usually for the upper to middle class customer, but occasionally people come in and just want something custom made."
Farmers are able to see demonstrations of irrigation, wood cutting, industrial cleaning and soil care and pick the brains of the Local Land Services.
Young people can check out the talks by the Future Farmers Network and the possibility of careers in agriculture.
There are also demonstrations from the Rural Fire Service, a snake handler and some ancient restored engines.
Then there is the food.
The CWA as always has its team working hard to provide steak sandwiches and other yummy delights.
Around every corner there is the possibility of a good feed and coffee.
SOME farmers could increase profit while lowering emissions says Primex panellist Russell Pattinson.
The climate adaptation expert will deliver a session on coming changes in climate and what they mean for farmers at 12.30pm today at Primex in Casino.
Mr Pattinson has worked in agriculture for about 30 years, first in farming, now in research and development and marketing.
"What I'll be primarily talking about are the challenges of climate change now and into the future," Mr Pattinson said.
"When people say it will be hotter or colder it doesn't help farmers much. It's about using predictions we have and speaking to farmers in their own language."
Mr Pattinson said farmers need to be "aware, but not alarmed" by the future implications of climate change on their productivity.
"Climate change will affect different areas and regions in different ways. There may well be benefits for farmers who adapt.
"We're taking a particular look at some adaptations and we'll have some solutions farmers can implement not in five, 10 or 20 years, but today.
"There is information available that allows climate impacts and trends to be examined at a local level."
Another panel session on the same topic will be hosted by Pip Courtney from ABC Landline on Saturday at noon.
- LUKE MORTIMER