SRA Update

16 December 2014

By Neil Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Research Australia

As this calendar year draws to a close the SRA team hasn’t slowed in pace.

In late November SRA hosted an Industry Training Update forum in Townsville attended by over 120 growers, researchers and extension providers to share research updates.  During the forum delegates heard about our proposed Adoption Strategy and provided ideas about new ways to promote research outcomes in the next year.  This strategy is still being reviewed and further feedback will be sought from SRA’s representative bodies in January 2015 before implementation occurs.

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December Directors Reports

ACFA Directors have issued their December regional reports. Click on the below links to view.

Northern Region Report- by Gerard Puglisi
Northern Region Report- by Mick Camilleri
Herbert Region Report- by Carol Mackee
Burdekin Region Report- by Margaret Menzel
Central Region Report- by Steve Forcye
Southern Region Report- by Michael Hetherington
NSW Report- by Robert Quirk

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Sugar marketing taskforce step in the right direction say Australian Cane Farmers

Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA) has welcomed the details of the Federal Coalition’s Sugar Marketing Code of Conduct Taskforce which has been established to investigate competition and marketing issues in the Australian sugar industry.  

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Supporting our cane growers

10 December 2014
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP

The Australian Government is today establishing a new sugar marketing taskforce to look into competition and marketing issues facing the cane sector.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today unveiled the terms of reference of a government-initiated Sugar Marketing Code of Conduct Taskforce to consult with the sugar industry on a range of issues around marketing and export arrangements for cane growers. The taskforce will be chaired by the Member for Dawson, George Christensen.

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QSL Market Report

QSL Logo_RGB_POS_LGEQSL Treasury Analyst, Ginette Barrett, has released her lasted Market Report, current as of 8th December 2014.

To view, please click here.

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Launch of SRA’s High Yielding Cane bookelt

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) invites sugarcane industry representatives to attend the launch of SRA’s High Yielding Cane booklet by the

Minister for Agriculture the Hon. Barnaby Joyce
SRA Chairman Paul Wright

When : Wednesday 10 December 2014
Time: between 9:15am – 10:00am
SRA Mackay office, 26135 Peak Downs Highway, Te Kowai, Mackay, Qld 4741 or ph: 07 4963 6800.

No RSVP required and – Tea and coffee will be provided after the launch at 9:50am for guests.

click here..

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2014 sugarcane crush exceeds 32 million tonnes

ASMCAustralia’s sugarcane crush for the 2014 season is drawing to a close with only four mills still to complete the processing of this year’s crop.

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QSL welcomes Federal sugar marketing taskforce

4 December 2014 
QSL Media Release

Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) has welcomed the announcement that the FederalGovernment will establish a special taskforce to investigate a potential marketing Code of Conduct to address competition concerns in the Australian sugar industry.

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Whitsunday Agriculture Forum

George Christensen MP, Federal Member for Dawson ,invites you to the Whitsunday Agriculture Forum with Federal Agriculture Minister,

Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

The Forum: The agriculture forum is an opportunity for Whitsunday locals to hear from the Minister Barnaby Joyce and give feedback on agriculture policy.

Where: Larrikin Hotel, 69 Herbert St, Bowen

When: Wednesday 10th December 2014

Time: 3pm – 4pm

or phone
1300 301 979 or 49 440 662

To view the flyer in full, please click here.

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BPS Shed Meetings

Burdekin Productivity Services (BPS) has confirmed end of season shed meetings, please see below.

Fri 28 Nov 8:30 Selkirk/Haughton T Pontarelli
Fri 28 Nov 12:00 Clare/Mulgrave (lunch 1st then meeting) Clare Club
Mon 1 Dec 9:30 Dalbeg Dalbeg Inn
Mon 1 Dec 1:00 Millaroo J Cambruzzi
Tue 2 Dec 7:30 Upper Haughton/Stockham Rd* Mio/Old Shadforth shed
Wed 3 Dec 8:30 Giru/Shirbourne D Poletto

*Please note the Upper Haughton/Stockham road has changed start time

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