Industry News

21/22 Budget to regenerate reef, land and create QLD jobs

JOINT STATEMENT Premier and Minister for TradeThe Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development, Infrastructure, Local Government and PlanningThe Honourable Dr Steven Miles Treasurer and Minister for InvestmentThe Honourable Cameron Dick Minister for the...

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Qld ag industry to support Katter’s Reef Regulation Reversal Bill

Agricultural industry representatives are preparing to give witness statements at a public hearing this Friday, in support of a Reef Regulation Reversal Bill put forward by Katter's Australian Party. The Palaszczuk government introduced the Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection...

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Watch out for cane trains this harvesting season

Bundaberg Sugar is warning motorists that cane trains will have an increasing presence across the region in the lead up to the 2021 cane harvesting season, scheduled to commence on 20 June. Bundaberg Sugar’s Cane Supply Manager Matt Curtis said it was important for motorists and other members of...

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2021 cane crush begins in Burdekin and Mackay regions

Burdekin cane farmers are set to harvest an estimated 7.97 million tonnes this season, on par with the 2020 throughput of 7.91mt. Today marks a busy day in the Burdekin region, with crushing commencing at all four of Wilmar Sugar's mills. The Invicta, Pioneer, Kalamia, and Inkerman mills ran steam...

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Analysis opens door for discussions on cane farm rates

A new analysis of the way sugarcane farms have fared when Queensland councils set their rates will inform important conversations between CANEGROWERS offices and local government. “We looked closely at 13 councils with a sizeable sugarcane farming industry, where CANEGROWERS members underpin the...

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Webinar – Adoption of practices to mitigate harvest losses

Final results and maximising sugarcane recovery through development of harvesting decision support tool. In this webinar Phil Patane (SRA) presented the final outcomes of the project ‘Adoption of practices to mitigate harvest losses’ and and Brendon Nothard (DAF) explained the next stage of the...

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How soil research renaissance will have on-farm impacts

Soil science is in the midst of a research renaissance, as scientists and farmers alike dig deeper into the depths of the precious resource. The Soil Cooperative Research Centre has announced $7 million for 12 new projects, which all have potential on-farm applications. The projects range from...

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Wilmar feeding extra electricity into grid after Callide explosion

North Queensland's sugar industry has fired up the turbines to bolster Queensland's reduced power supplies in the wake of the Callide Power Station explosion. Wilmar Sugar are no strangers when it comes to generating electricity; the company's mills are self-sufficient and produce about 620,000...

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Sunny Season Ahead

The NSW Sugar industry will kick off the 2021 crushing season with an outlook that can only be describedas sunny.The three sugar mills across the Northern Rivers; at Condong, Broadwater and Harwood; will fire intoaction from the 8th of June, following an intensive off-season maintenance...

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Qld cane crush on track for 30 milllion tonnes

Queensland's cane crop is now tipped to reach almost 30 million tonnes, with the 2021 harvest and crush to start next week. Australian Sugar Milling Council chief executive officer David Pietsch said 29.96mt was expected, exceeding the 29.33mt crush in 2020. Queensland's sugar mills manufactured...

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Burdekin trial to compost aquatic weeds and improve soil health

Weeds by definition are undesirable, but Burdekin cane growers are using the unwanted plants to their benefit. Working with the NQ Dry Tropics Waterways, Wetlands and Coasts team, five farmers are turning aquatic weeds sourced from local creeks into compostto improve soil health and crop Soil Land...

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Calls to cut red tape around sugarcane industry

Government red tape needs to be slashed to increase Australia's sugar production, with canegrowers and millers alike calling for a reduction of regulations. The Australian Sugar Milling Council and Canegrowers have both taken aim at Queensland government red tape in recent days, with ASMC focusing...

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Future Drought Fund investments for Queensland

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and QLD Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities Mark Furner said the Future Drought Fund programs will support farmers and regions to build resilience to future...

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Notice of ACFA’s 2021 AGM

Notice of ACFA’s 2021 AGM

The 2021 ACFA AGM will be held: Wednesday, 16 June 2021 Boardroom, Level 3, 183 North Quay, Brisbane, QLD 4000 Meeting Commencing at 9:00am BUSINESS Consideration of the financial statements;Board remuneration, andReappointment of the Auditor Any other business that may be properly brought before...

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Is genetically modified corn the answer to fall armyworm?

It's a tiny caterpillar that's difficult to detect, but for more than a year it's been having a massive impact on crops in Australia, especially corn.  Fall armyworm (FAW) has infiltrated six states and territories and is so hard to control farmers are whispering about a method that's been...

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