Industry News

Sugar crush reaches quarter-way milestone for Wilmar

Wilmar Sugar has reached a significant milestone for the 2020 crush having processed over a quarter of their estimated crop. The company's eight mills have now processed 3.93 million tonnes of cane, out of the 15.07 million tonnes they expect to...

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Farmers launch class action over failed Paradise Dam

Farmers launch class action over failed Paradise Dam

Frustrated Bundaberg farmers are in the process of launching a class action against the Queensland Government over the failure of Paradise Dam. Bundaberg lawyer Tom Marland, Marland Law, said the class action focused on the alleged negligent management of Paradise Dam and deceptive and...

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RFM buys MSF Sugar’s Maryborough cane land for $81.1 million

Rural Funds Management has emerged as the buyer of 5409 hectares (13,366 acres) of farmland around Maryborough, owned by Thai-owned company MSF Sugar. In a statement issued to the ASX today, RFM (ASX: RFF) said it had contracted to buy the farmland, plant and equipment and 8060 megalitres of water...

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Canegrower leaders blast ‘flawed’ Great Barrier Reef regulations

CANE industry leaders have pointed to key failing in policies designed to protect the Great Barrier Reef at Senate hearing being held in Brisbane this week. Grower representatives from eight Canegrowers district organisations along with state Canegrowers chairman Paul Schembri say the Palaszczuk...

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Reef regulations inquiry hears from scientists

ONLY three per cent of the entire Great Barrier Reef has been negatively impacted by agriculture, according to scientists who gave evidence at a Senate inquiry into the state government's controversial reef regulations this week. The inquiry, which was held in Brisbane on Monday and Tuesday, was...

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QSL Grower Rep Members announced

The 2020 QSL Grower Representative Member election process is now complete, with the following growers appointed for the new three-year term: QSL Managing Director and CEO Greg Beashel thanked all those cane growers around the state who had participated in the elections, either as a candidate or...

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Report reveals $1.3b cost of misguided Reef policies

A new analysis reveals the State Government risks an economic hit to Queensland of $1.3 billion over ten years with its misguided push to cut nitrogen applications on sugarcane crops by up to 30% below industry best practice levels. “We are doing all we can to reduce the risk to Great Barrier Reef...

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Sunshine Sugar Takes Out International Award

The winners of the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for 2020 have been announced and Sunshine Sugar is proud to be a recipient of a Silver Award for Innovative Management in Consumer Product & Service Industries in the category of ‘Innovation in Management.’The Stevie® Awards were created in 2002 to...

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Webinar: Value adding: converting bagasse into animal feed

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) and Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) Dr Mark Harrison provide this update on converting bagasse into animal feed. SRA has invested in the development of new technologies to transform sugarcane bagasse and trash into nutritious animal feed ingredients....

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Reducing fertiliser use on cane farms in North Queensland

A THIRD-GENERATION cane grower who is transitioning his farm to be less reliant on artificial fertilisers says soil health is key. Ingham cane grower Robert Bonassi has focused on fallow crops and using mill by-products to slash his fertiliser rates without affecting yield. Mr Bonassi cut his...

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How to brand regenerative agriculture?

IT WAS a question from one of the more than 400 visitors to Agriwebb's 'The Future of Farming series: Regenerative Agriculture' that exposed an unresolved quandary. How do you create a brand consumers can relate to, and retailers can use as a stamp of assured quality, so regenerative farmers can...

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Help name Mackay’s newest bridges

The call is out for the Mackay community to help name four bridges being built as part of the sugar city’s largest-ever road project: the $497 million Mackay Ring Road. With more than 90 per cent of the project now complete, the Palaszczuk Government today announced submissions are being sought to...

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