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Government proves it can fix electricity prices, so why won’t it?
The Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) announcement that electricity prices for irrigated agriculture will increase by up to 5.1% is another blow to the state’s farmers dealing with...
Risk management delivers steady farm incomes
With the end of the financial year rapidly approaching, many farmers and their accountants will likely turn some of their attention to Australia’s Farm Management Deposit (FMD) scheme. In each of...
Pre-Budget announcement focuses on energy
This week, the Queensland Government made commitments to address the issues of increasing electricity costs and security of supply. The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) welcomed this pre-Budget...
Queensland biosecurity capabilities need bolstering
Queensland is facing an urgent and pressing need to build Biosecurity Queensland’s (BQ) capacity to respond to incursions. The white spot disease (WSD) outbreak, which has devastated South East...
Innovation reducing on-farm food waste
On-farm food waste has once again been placed front and centre of our national consciousness with the airing the ABC’s TV series ‘War on Waste’. The program highlighted many of the frustrations...
Inland rail: Too important to get wrong
One of the flagship announcements in this year’s Federal Budget for regional Australia was the funding commitment towards building the much discussed Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail. The...
Cut stamp duty and unlock Ag insurance
Progress towards reducing burdensome taxation on agricultural businesses continued recently with the Victorian Government planning to cut state stamp duty on agricultural insurance. This concise and...
Cyclone Debbie – where are we now?
Its more than five weeks since Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit the north Queensland coast, and we now have a better understanding of the impact on Queensland farmers. As is often the case with these...
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...