Rocky Point: Calls for Queensland’s oldest cane growing region to become motorsport hotspot

An Australian V8 champion is calling for Queensland’s oldest cane growing region to be developed into the new home of Australia’s motorsport industry. Continue reading

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Renewable energy on everyone’s lips at the Sugar Cane Technologists Conference in Mackay

The Sugar Cane Technologists Conference has almost wrapped up, with potential partnerships between the Australian sugar industry and the bio-energy sector a hot topic.

Moving from one presentation to another, the words on everyone’s lips were “renewable energy” and just how the sugar industry can play a role in its development. Continue reading

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Cane industry to create own source of fuel

New technology that could eliminate the need for fossil fuels in the sugar industry will be tested in Mackay over the next three years.

Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor Ian O’Hara will speak at the Australian Society of Cane Technologists conference today about the new project, which could enable the industry to generate its own fuel source. Continue reading

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Australia and India work together to improve sugarcane varieties

The 38th annual sugar technologists conference is underway in Mackay and there is plenty to talk about, from the latest research to the newest industry innovations.

The event provides a chance for the industry to map out the future in terms of its research and innovation priorities, not just in Australia but around the world. Continue reading

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Preliminary studies underway for yeast processing plant in north Queensland

An Australian company specialising in biofuels and yeast products says it is considering building a new processing plant in Queensland. Bio Processing Australia has begun preliminary planning and studies on the proposal, with construction possible next year. Continue reading

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Renewables the key theme at annual conference

The theme was Emerging Technologies in a Global Industry at the annual Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists conference this week and according to President Terry Doolan that meant renewable energy took centre stage. Continue reading

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Australia-India research partnership to help explore new ground for sugarcane variety improvement

A new research partnership between Australian and Indian sugarcane researchers will conduct joint research to help accelerate gains in sugarcane breeding and variety development for both of these countries. Continue reading

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$19 million investment in reef resilience welcomed by cane industry

The announcement of a further $19 million to improve the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef has been warmly welcomed by the Australian cane growing sector, an industry well-known for its enormous focus on speeding adoption of the latest practices and technology for productivity and sustainability. Continue reading

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Burdekin crop boosts northern harvest forecast

A significantly improved crop outlook in the Burdekin has boosted Wilmar Sugar’s forecast for the 2016 season. About 15.77 million tonnes of cane are now expected to be harvested and crushed across Wilmar’s eight mills. Continue reading

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Queensland cane growers take campaign against sugar tax to Canberra

Queensland cane growers say there is little appetite for a sugar tax within the Federal Coalition. Chairman of farm lobby group Canegrowers, Paul Schembri, this week led a delegation of industry representatives to Canberra to campaign against any move to tax sugary drinks. Continue reading

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