Growers to benefit from QCS sugar pricing course


27 February 2015

Queensland Commodity Services (QCS), Mackay Sugar’s licensed commodity business, has partnered with Rural Training Queensland to offer cane growers a nationally recognised training course focussed on sugar pricing and risk management.

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Is sugar empty calories?

By Katie Ayling

The idea that sugar is ‘empty’ calories comes from the fact that sugar is a carbohydrate that contains no other vitamins or minerals. It is then assumed that the more sugar you had the less vitamins and minerals you have… This is just simply not true.

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SRA Update

Neil-Fisher-GWRDC04aBy Neil Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Research Australia

Snapshot of Australian sugarcane industry statistics

It has been over seven years since a national survey of sugarcane growers was completed in 2008. Having baseline industry data will enable us to measure changes in productivity, profitability and the impact SRA research investments are making across our regions.

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Two weeks left for farmers’ grants

18 February 2015
Terrain NRM

Hooded Sprayer funded und Reef Rescue
Hooded Sprayer funded und Reef Rescue


Wet Tropics Farmers have less than two weeks to register their interest for their Reef Water Quality and Innovation projects. This is the final round of the Australian Government’s Reef Water Quality Grants Programme which has been running for eight years and has seen $24.3 million injected into agricultural industries in the Wet Tropics.

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Labor announces new QLD Cabinet

Annastacia Palaszczuk was sworn in as Queensland’s 39th Premier on Saturday 14th February, two intense weeks after the State went to the polls.

Out of the total 89 seats in Queensland, Labor won 44 seats, the LNP won 42 seats and Katter’s Australian Party claimed 2. Nicklin MP, Peter Wellington, claimed the only Independent seat in the State and subsequently threw his support behind Ms. Palaszczuk, allowing Labor to form a minority government.

Ms. Palaszczuk announced her Cabinet on 15th February, with the ministry being sworn in at Government House in Brisbane the following day.

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Cane farmers committed to working with new Government to ensure resolve of key concerns

Cane farmer representative body, Australian Cane Farmers Association (ACFA), has confirmed its commitment to work with the newly elected Queensland Government and will move swiftly to engage with them.

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QSL Market Update

QSL Logo_RGB_POS_LGE9 February 2015

QSL’s Liquidity Manager, Matthew Page, has issued his latest market update current as of 9th February 2015.

To view, please click here.

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January Directors Reports

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

Gerard Puglisi- Northern
Michael Camilleri- Northern
Carol Mackee- Herbert
Margaret Menzel- Burdekin
Stephen Fordyce- Central
Michael Hetherington- Southern
Robert Quirk- NSW

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QSL Roadshow explains pricing choices

QSL Logo_RGB_POS_LGEThe QSL annual roadshows are well underway, with QSL Finance Manager-Supplier Relations Bryce Wenham and your local Industry Relationship Managers attending sessions in Mareeba, Innisfail, Mulgrave, Babinda, Sarina, Proserpine, Tully, Ingham and the Burdekin.

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Bonsucro Update: Director election results

bonsucro_logo_rgb_rBonsucro recently held Director elections for the Civil Society class. Voting was closed on Friday 30th January 2015.

The International Programme Manager for Sugarcane from Solidaridad, Sven Sielhorst along with the CEO of Reef Catchments Group, Rob Coco were elected.


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