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26 Apr 2017

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...
19 Apr 2017

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...
12 Apr 2017

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...
5 Apr 2017

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...
29 Mar 2017

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...
22 Mar 2017

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...
15 Mar 2017

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...
8 Mar 2017

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...
1 Mar 2017

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...
22 Feb 2017

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...
15 Feb 2017

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...
8 Feb 2017

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...