The peak bodies have come together to build a partnership platform that will align key events in rural and regional Queensland, while strengthening the dialogue of renewable fuels and the agriculture sector.
AgForce chief executive officer Charles Burke said renewable fuels provided an economic opportunity for Queensland grain growers by giving growers more options when selling their products.
“The growth of renewable fuels could open up a new market for sorghum and mean growers don’t have to rely solely on traditional domestic and export markets,” Mr Burke said.
“The formation of this partnership is timely given this week’s announcement of a $26 million expansion of the Dalby ethanol bio refinery, boosting production capacity by 24m litres to 100m litres a year.”
AgForce have aligned with QRFA to ensure agriculture and the renewable fuels industry work together in the vision forward for building stronger, more diversified opportunities in Queensland agriculture.
QRFA managing director Larissa Rose said it was pivotal that QRFA worked alongside all parts of the value chain that interfaced in the renewable fuels industry.
“We value the importance of our partnership agreement with AgForce and look forward to building a long-term industry alignment with them to support both agriculture, ag-waste solutions and feedstock production,” Ms Rose said.
QRFA and AgForce will work together to support growth in the agricultural sector through education and interfacing potential new markets from renewable fuels.
“QRFA are very keen to work alongside fellow industry representatives to build a strong partnership, be a united voice and network to deliver key outcomes for both industries,” Ms Rose said.
AgForce and QRFA both formed this strategic partnership to share information, increase advocacy power and to promote the contribution and value to their members, to government and to other key industry stakeholders.