Talks bring sugar deal ‘one step closer’ but canegrowers still waiting to sign new cane supply contracts

Australia’s largest sugar miller, Wilmar, has told cane grower representatives new supply agreements for the 2017 season will not come until the end of June.

The two groups sat down this week for the first time since new laws provided growers with the ability to choose a marketing entity. Continue reading

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Notice of Annual General Meeting

AGM Notice - Invite

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Performance Review of Sugar Research Australia

As you will be aware, Sugar Research Australia Limited (SRA) is an industry-owned company that was established in 2013 by Australia’s sugarcane growers and millers to deliver Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) activities and services that drive productivity, profitability and sustainability for the Australian sugarcane industry. Continue reading

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Mackay Sugar’s Mossman Mill recognises region’s top farmers

The Mossman region’s most outstanding farmers were recognised last night (14 April), when Mackay Sugar’s Mossman Mill held its annual Mossman Region Productivity Awards.

Approximately 80 people attended the event, held at the Mossman Bowls Club, with 14 awards presented to farmers from within the Mossman Mill cane supply network. Continue reading

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Discovery of Yellow Canopy Syndrome in southern Queensland could assist research: expert

A Queensland sugar researcher says finding Yellow Canopy Syndrome (YCS) in the southern region may help speed up research into the mysterious condition.

Sugar Research Australia said it had now identified YCS cases in Bundaberg, Maryborough and the Isis District, though not on the same scale as can be found in Queensland’s north. Continue reading

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Farmer fury at power prices

Peak farming group, Canegrowers has slammed the State Government over its handling of a draft determination by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) for another costly increase in electricity prices.

The QCA draft determination, Regulated Retail Electricity Prices for 2016–17, recently proposed increasing electricity prices for irrigation tariffs by a further 10.3 per cent.   Continue reading

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The recently formed soil health research group is pleased to bring to you the 3rd Annual Marian Soil Health Field Day.

CQSHS_Flyer_for_April_2016 Continue reading

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Sugarcane beats soybeans for biodiesel

America’s oil consumption far exceeds that of every other country in the world. What’s more, it’s unsustainable. Therefore, in 2007, Congress mandated a move away from petroleum-based oils toward more renewable sources. Continue reading

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Queensland’s cane industry milestone tarnished by ongoing criticism of Great Barrier Reef run-off

In the face of renewed criticism following the Reef 2050 Plan, cane growers have reached a milestone with best management practice programs.

Canegrowers CEO Dan Galligan said statewide, 56 per cent of Queensland’s cane land had now been benchmarked against the SmartCane Best Management Practice [BMP] guidelines. Continue reading

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Mackay Sugar announces region’s farming champions

The Mackay region’s farming excellence was showcased on Friday night (8 April), when Mackay Sugar held its annual Productivity Awards.

Over 240 people attended the event, held at Mackay’s St Patrick’s Hall, with more than 30 awards presented to farmers from within the Mackay Sugar cane supply network. Continue reading

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