- Consumers are reminded to support farmers who continue to work from home, growing the produce we depend on, by buying Australian made and grown food items at the supermarket checkout. Read QFF’s Queensland Country Life column HERE.
- CEO of QFF industry member Nursery and Garden Industry Queensland Ian Atkinson has been elected as Chair of the QFF-led Rural Jobs and Skills Alliance which provides leadership and advice on employment, skills, industry training and workforce planning issues on behalf of Queensland’s agriculture industries. More HERE.
- Peak body for horticulture in Queensland and QFF industry member Growcom has launched Eat Yourself to Health, a new national healthy eating campaign reminding Australians that food is our first medicine. Find out how to eat up and branch out HERE.
- In these difficult times of COVID-19, immersing yourself in the green life has never been more important for both your mental health and wellbeing. Get your plant life balance while working from home. For more information, click HERE. Happy planting!
- A team of Agriculture Coordination Officers are now available to support producers, the agriculture industry and local governments manage COVID-19. To contact an Officer email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 13 25 23. Find more information HERE.
- If your farm business needs to source additional workers, you can advertise your jobs on the Harvest Trail website or lodge vacancies directly onto JobSearch. You can register your business on the jobactive website to post positions for free. Also, consider contacting a licensed labour hire service provider.
- Travellers seeking seasonal work are not to visit farms directly. Instead, register your availability with Harvest Trail or call 1800 062 332. You won’t be able to enter Queensland unless you already have employment. Apply online for an entry pass, your employer is also required to have submitted a health plan.
- BDO Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries are hosting a webinar on Thursday, 30 April at 2pm regarding the latest COVID-19 policy updates and how to factor them into your business operations. Register and catch up on the previous presentations HERE.
- Read the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 freight and export market update bulletin for the latest information about export markets, air and sea freight availability and opportunities, and government initiatives to support trade during COVID-19 HERE.
- Fall armyworm has now been detected near Emerald, Richmond, Clermont and Biloela. Be alert but not alarmed. If you think you’ve seen fall armyworm, take some photos and call Biosecurity Queenslandon 13 25 23 or speak to your local biosecurity or extension officer. More information and watch a series of webinars about the pest HERE.
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