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457 visas and Agriculture’s relationship with foreign workers
It is no secret that Queensland’s agricultural sector has a reliance on international labour and workers, particularly during peak seasonal demands when labour is difficult to access. It is also no...
Queensland farmers amongst world’s most efficient water users, but at what cost?
On-farm ‘efficiency’ and all the positives that are associated with it have been given a lot of air time within agriculture circles. Principally, that increasing efficiencies and...
Manures powering Queensland agriculture
Although not always discussed openly, manure is powering Queensland agriculture’s biofuture. This resource can improve soil health, crop and pasture productivity, and reduce reliance on inorganic...
Farmer disaster support under way
The scale of the damage from Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the associated flooding has been extensive, from north Queensland to northern NSW. The unpredictability of these severe systems was again...
Gary Sansom AM
It is always difficult to quantify the difference one person makes during a lifetime, but in the case of the late Gary Sansom AM, it is all but impossible. For more than 30 years, Gary worked...
Only the right kind of regulation will help the reef
The Queensland Government’s recently released discussion paper proposing a broadening of regulation in the reef catchments has once again raised the important question of balancing the perceived...
Time for broader thinking on drought support
By now it is implicit that the summer wet season did not meet the expectations of many Queensland farmers. Across the state, the hot summer saw a record number of days 35°C or warmer in 12...
Leadership needed on electricity
The rising cost of electricity continues to be the number one common concern across intensive agriculture. Many farm businesses continue to experience unsustainable price increases, and...
Biosecurity wake up
The recent white spot disease (WSD) outbreak affecting the Queensland prawn industry is a reminder of the vulnerability of Australia’s disease-free farming systems to exotic pests and diseases. Our...
Water and Agriculture a natural fit
Agriculture and water are inextricably linked, with farming accounting for around 70 per cent of water used in the world today. In Australia and in Queensland, agriculture is responsible for the...
Plastic Fantastic – Ag-Plastic Recycling Opportunities
Plastics in agriculture have increased productivity and efficiencies throughout the sector, reducing labour-hours and chemical sprays on farm, retaining soil moisture and lowering food production...
Farm debt and rural finance an ongoing issue
Farm debt and rural finance options are consistent themes of discussion and debate within agriculture. Dealing with farm debt issues will again feature in this year’s political cycle in Queensland...