August 2011

Reflections of a Wind Energy Pioneer

Sometimes I forget how long I’ve been carrying this dream of a renewable energy future…

MEA Weather Stations for Iraqi Farmers and Alpine Skiers

Since MEA built its first crude weather station 25 years ago for scientific research on the Chowilla Flood Plains in South Australia, we’ve lost track of where all the descendents of that original ‘ancestor’ weather station have wound up. There are literally hundreds of the little blighters out there and many of them have been banging away for over a decade. (We know this because they are occasionally returned to us to have the spiders removed from their comfortable homes in the sensor shelters!).

Dowerin Field Days 2011

24 to 25th August – Dowerin Field Days

Back West again to close out the month….Dowerin Field Days is one of Australia’s largest and most impressive agricultural expos. From tractors to cheeses, water tanks to stud rams, fencing products to soil moisture monitoring gear, the Dowerin Field Days has it all. So naturally, MEA had to be there.

GRDC update 2011

11th August – GRDC update – Barooga, NSW

Head back East and meet up with Tim Brown at the GRDC research update in Barooga. Tim’s a super fine chappy, not just highly knowledgeable but always willing to go the extra mile to help.

Truffle Conference

05 to 07th August – Truffle Conference – Manjimup, WA

Jump on a plane, head West and meet our fabulous agents, Brian and Steve Meyer, who will be set up in the Manjimup Town Hall on Saturday.

They’ll be there complete with a table full of soil moisture monitoring gear to wow and impress the esteemed Truffle Grower’s of Australia at their annual conference.

National Apple, Pear and Cherry Conference

01 to 05th August - National Apple, Pear and Cherry Conference – Adelaide, SA

To kick off the month, MEA will be making an appearance at the 2011National Cherry Conference and the National Apple & Pear Conference. Sonja will be soaking up the latest information from Industry and research institutes before heading up to Lenswood on Wednesday for the HortExpo.

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