Soil Health Symposium: Burdekin

NQ Dry TropicsAre you a farmer or grazier who wants to know more about soil biology?

NQ Dry Tropics invites you to a Soil Health Symposium to hear about the latest science around soil health and how it affects you as a producer. Take the opportunity to access researchers who are working directly with landholders to determine how you can boost your soil biology to improve productivity and reduce costs.

Time: 9am – 5pm
Date: Thursday 21 May 2015
Venue: PCYC, Macmillan Street Ayr

For more information, click here to download the event flyer.

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Fertcare® Nitrogen Use Efficiency Workshop

Applying the right source (form) of nitrogen fertilizer at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place has important implications for crop profitability, along with greenhouse gas emissions and water quality impacts. Fertcare® is facilitating a Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE) workshop for Fertcare® participants and other advisors working in sugarcane and horticulture.

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What’s with ‘That Sugar Film’ ?

13 March 2015
Katie Ayling | Nutritionist

Whether you’ve heard of it, seen of it or didn’t know it existed “That Sugar Film’ as you can imagine is about sugar and like the rest of the media at the moment it demonises sugar as the villain for most problems in society today. No longer are we focusing on “fat” as the villain we have moved onto sugar because let’s face it we still have an obesity epidemic.

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Australian Sugar Industry Alliance (ASA) Response to World Health Organisation (WHO) Free Sugars Intake Guideline

The ASA supports the WHO focus on improving nutrition and food security throughout the world and the need to reduce non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes and some types of cancer. We recognize that obesity and dental health are serious and complex health problems that require the collective efforts of everyone to solve. We firmly believe that it is important that health policy is based on strong evidence-based research.

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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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