- Last week’s drought declarations brought the percentage of the state in drought to 87%. QFF has called for government policy reform to deliver a more strategic approach to helping farmers affected by drought. QCL column HERE.
- The Queensland Government is setting new water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef, the Murray-Darling Basin and south east Queensland waters. Recommendations and submissions can be made HERE.
- The fight against white spot disease has expanded into Moreton Bay. See the Minister’s statement on how it intends to prevent further spread of the disease HERE.
- QFF industry member CANEGROWERS Chairman Paul Schembri has shared his journey through the Smartcane BMP accreditation process. See the latest Virtual Bus Tour video HERE.
- Efficient energy and water use were front and centre at the recent QFF Energy Savers horticulture, nursery and flowers field day at the HQ Plantation Nursery in Toolara. More information HERE.
- Does your farm use under 100MW/h a year? Ergon Energy’s Tariff 24 trail might be for you. Learn more about the electricity option for businesses HERE.
- Reef experts and environmentalists are calling for Australia to focus on climate change over water quality to help save the Great Barrier Reef. See QFF CEO Travis Tobin’s comment on how agriculture is playing its role HERE.
- Farmers are being urged to address methamphetamine in the workplace after research indicated drug use among workers was on the rise. See QFF’s workplace strategy to address on the issue on your farm HERE.
- A recent study showed the tractor remains farming’s most dangerous machine accounting for the majority of on-farm deaths. See how safety workshops are preventing fatal accidents HERE.
- Queensland’s largest processor of milk, French-owned Parmalat, has accused the state’s industry of being “unwilling to make itself competitive” and compared it’s viability to growing bananas in Victoria. Full article HERE.
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