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STIHL TIMBERSPORTS 2023: READY FOR ACTION The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® series is one of the world’s most intense and physically demanding lumberjack competitions. In the 2023 season, the competition is set to bemore thrilling than ever, with top athletes from around Australia competing in a series of disciplines designed to showcase their strength, skill, and endurance. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® series consists of six individual disciplines, each of which tests a different aspect of the competitor's abilities. These disciplines include the Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Standing Block Chop, Single Buck, Springboard, and the Hotsaw. The 2023 season promises to be one of the most exciting in the history of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® series with new competitors joining the ranks and established athletes looking to defend their titles.With its combination of strength, skill, and endurance, the competition is sure to be a spectacle like no other, drawing thousands of spectators and millions of viewers from around the world. The 2023 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® season is a must-see event for fans of lumberjack sports and anyone who appreciates the raw power and skill of these incredible athletes. Whether you are a seasoned fan or just discovering the sport, you will be entertained and amazed by the spectacle of this unique competition. Upcoming STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Australian Events: Australian Trophy 2023 – Saturday 4th March – Glenelg SA Australian Women’s Championship 2023 – Saturday 4th March – Glenelg SA Australian Rookie Championship 2023 – Saturday 17th September – Wollongong NSW Australian Pro Championship 2023 – Saturday17thSeptember–WollongongNSW You can also catch all the action live or watch the live stream on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® social channels. DIESEL EMISSIONS STANDARDS PREDICTED FOR 2024 Emissionstandards fornon-roaddiesel engines took a significant step forward in February with theMinister for Environment andWater, the Hon Tanya PlibersekMP giving the green light to a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS). The air quality department has already announced the conclusionof theCost Benefit Analysis and the key findings that Australia should not stagger the introduction of diesel (compression ignition) but move directly to the current US standard (US Tier 4F). The standards will cover the importation non-road use equipment like tractors, diggers, graders, rollers, haul trucks, generators and pumps. Excluded are non-road transport like large ships (engines over 130kW) and rail. This magazine’s columnist, Gary Fooks was deeply involved inpetrol engine emissions for 12 years until their implementation from July 1, 2018. “The diesel standard has been extraordinarily slow in coming, but now the RIS is announced, I expect that diesel standards will be added to petrol standards under the existing Product Standards Emissions Act,” Mr Fooks said. “I anticipate the amendment from the Minister in the second half of 2023 with commencement at July 1, 2024. The rules will not affect anything that is owned and being used now. Nothing you own will be banned or restricted, nor any buyback. Importers and dealers will have a further 12 months to clear non-compliant stock imported before July 1, 2024.” For further information, log on to www.dcceew.gov.au/environment/protection/ air-quality/national-clean-air-agreement/ evaluation-non-road-diesel-engine-emissions ROVENSA GROUP LAUNCHES ROVENSA NEXT Faced with global challenges due to a growing population and climate change, among others, farmers need a solution to feed the planet through healthy and safe solutions. Rovensa Group, a global leader of agricultural inputs for sustainable agriculture has answered that need with Rovensa Next, a new global business unit dedicated to biosolutions for agriculture. Rovensa Next made its debut at Fruit Logistica Berlin, the leading trade fair for the fresh fruit industry. Rovensa Next aggregates ten Rovensa Group companies, creating a holistic platform of innovative biosolutions to shape a sustainable future for agriculture and drive its bio-transformation. With this announcement, Agrichembio, Agrotecnología, Idai Nature, Microquimica, MIP Agro, OGT, Oro Agri, Rodel, SDP, and Tradecorp will become part of the new business unit, combining local technical knowledge, innovation and teams that work alongside farmers and distributors in the field to solve their sustainability challenges, with the global expertise and leadership of Rovensa Group. José Alfredo García, Co-COO Rovensa Next, Javier Calleja, incoming CEO Rovensa Group, Eric van Innis, CEO Rovensa Group and Carlos Ledó, Co-COO Rovensa Next