- The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has a new job opening for an Energy Policy/Project Officer. The role will assist QFF in progressing the policy and regulatory reforms required to build a strong and resilient future for Queensland agriculture and will be involved in an exciting on-farm energy savings program. Learn more about the role here.
- After decades of Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) operating Queensland’s bulk sugar terminals on behalf of the cane industry, terminal owner Sugar Terminals Limited (STL) has announced that it will stop current arrangements with QSL and run the terminals itself. Growers are encouraged to express their concerns by contacting the STL board here.
- QFF are on the road this week visiting the Southern Downs and Goondiwindi regions to launch our new on-farm energy efficiency program. The Energy Southern Queensland (EnergySQ) program will help growers and producers in the Southern Downs and Goondiwindi regional council areas identify on-farm energy savings and ways to lower their carbon emissions. Learn more about the program here. Interested farms can also express their interest to participate via the link.
- A staple in most Australian homes (91 per cent in fact), the humble carrot, was celebrated last week at an Easter themed celebration in Brisbane’s CBD. Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers (formerly Growcom) were at it again celebrating the 100+ fruit, vegetable, and nut varieties grown in Queensland as part of their Year of Horticulture celebrations. With Easter just gone, it was only fitting that the carrot was front and centre. Learn more about the Year of Horticulture here.
- QFF’s Localised Energy in Regions project is currently surveying agricultural producers, regional businesses, and regional councils across Queensland to determine the current and emerging appetite for distributed energy resources including microgrids, Virtual Power Plants, and Community Batteries. Register your interest to participate here.
- Skills Insight, a new Jobs and Skills Council (JSC) from Skills Impact, has been established to provide leadership in addressing national skills and training needs across a range of industries including those within the agribusiness supply chain. The Council will focus on primary production, plants and animals, forestry and timber, as well as emerging industries around natural resource security and environmental management. Learn more here.
- The Biogas from agricultural waste – A techno-economic evaluation report has recently been released by Race for 2030, in partnership with research and industry organisations, including QFF. The report examines the feasibility of biogas production using inputs from the agricultural sector including chicken manure and sugar mill wastes.
- Join BDO tax and advisory experts on Thursday 11 May as they discuss the key announcements from the Federal Budget and assess how it will impact the Australian economy and business landscape. Register here.
- Having secured funding from the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Hort Connections are offering all levy paying Australian horticulture growers up to $1,000 for eligible expenses towards attendance of their 2023 and 2024 events. Apply for funding here.
- The Department of Environment and Science are hosting a series of free Land Restoration Fund workshops throughout regional Queensland. Hear from representatives including industry, landholders, and government, as they detail how to participate in carbon farming projects. Learn more here.
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