Industry News

New model offers roadmap for farm advisory services

A project driven by a southern Queensland sugarcane growers’ organisation has developed a framework to guide the future of farm advisory services and workers. “We wanted to work out at what makes a good extension officer and why some farmers adopt new practices while others don’t,” CANEGROWERS...

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Sweet Support for Those in Need

Sweet Support for Those in Need

Some 5 million Australians have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months and the number of people seeking food relief from charities is increasing.It is the human reality behind these figures that drives the network of local, state and national Foodbank staff, volunteers and partners to...

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AquaTill Demonstration

The Bundaberg AquaTill, how Bundaberg gets through cane trash! The AquaTill demonstration implement is now ready for action and its ability to slice through cane trash has been proven. In the 2020 harvest season the Landcare and SRA funded project will focus on proof of concept to: 1. Placement of...

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SugarWrap rolls out sugarcane alternatives in Woolworths

SugarWrap rolls out sugarcane alternatives in Woolworths

Melbourne business SugarWrap has launched a range of sustainable sugarcane-based products for households. Consumers can buy the new range including eco-friendly zip lock bags, bin bags, freezer bags made entirely from sugarcane-based Bio-PE and corn PLA renewable products. SugarWrap said the...

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Scientific head-to-head duel on Great Barrier Reef

The raging debate over the health of the Great Barrier Reef and the impact of unchecked science on farmers will step onto an online stage to face a massive mainstream audience on Thursday 8 October. Throwing down the gauntlet for a scientific duel to Dr Paul Hardisty, CEO of the Australian...

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Reef Assist creating regional jobs and protecting the environment

JOINT STATEMENT Premier and Minister for TradeThe Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the ArtsThe Honourable Leeanne Enoch The Palaszczuk Government today announced a $10 million Reef Assist funding boost to...

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Sugar harvest in North Queensland hits halfway mark

Sugar harvest in North Queensland hits halfway mark

The sugarcane crushing season is nearing the halfway mark in North Queensland, with Wilmar's eight mills having processed over 45 per cent of the estimated crop. Wilmar's mills had last week processed 6.82 million tonnes of cane of the estimated 15.07 million tonne crop. Cane supply and grower...

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From rainforest to Reef

From rainforest to Reef

Jesse Bowman grew up on the north coast of northern New South Wales. Surrounded by both natural rainforest and agriculture, he developed a passion for environmental management and sustainability. Shortly after completing his Bachelor of Environment Science/Marine Science and Management in 2019,...

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LNP’s plan to overhaul reef regulations in Queensland

Queensland's draconian reef regulations would be overhauled if the LNP wins power in the upcoming state election. LNP Leader Deb Frecklington this week promised to work alongside farmers and environmental groups to strike a balance to ensure agriculture can thrive while protecting the Great...

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Scholarship available for engineering students in sugar mills

Scholarship available for engineering students in sugar mills

ENGINEERING students have the chance to work in Australian sugar mills under a unique scholarship program. The Australian Sugar Industry Scholarship enables Australian undergraduate engineering students in their final two years of study to gain experience during three paid placements in the sugar...

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Sclerotial Sett Rot Disease

Sclerotial Sett Rot Disease

SRA has published a new information sheet on our website on a recently identified disease of sugarcane - sclerotial sett rot (SSR). SSR was first identified in 2016 at the SRA Woodford Pathology Farm on sugarcane setts sent for disease resistance screening trials. Up until now, it has not been...

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Delivering smarter irrigation

Dairy Australia is partnering with the cotton, sugar, grain and rice industries in a project to deliver the benefits of new efficient water use technologies to Australian farmers. Over half of dairy farmers nationally use irrigation and farms in some regions rely totally on irrigated water. 'Smart...

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Maryborough sugar mill likely to close after this year’s crush

The Maryborough sugar mill is likely to close after the 2020 crushing season, according to local state MP Bruce Saunders. He said discussions had started with stakeholders to determine where the cane could be crushed. "What I believe is happening is that the Maryborough cane for the next two...

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Sugar price bounce cause for ‘measured optimism’

For Queensland cane growers who have faced returns equal with, or less than, the cost of production for most of the past 18 months, the upward movement in the world sugar price this month has been very welcome. Paul Schembri, who has 180 hectares under cane in the Mackay district, said the bounce...

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