- Are you interested in finding out more about what a career in agriculture can offer you? Check out the Careers in Agriculture Magazine to learn more. The diversity of career options in agriculture is incredible with full-time, part-time, casual and contract employment opportunities available across the state. If you are looking to work in agriculture, join the Ag Jobs Queensland talent community and upload your Air CV HERE to connect with your next opportunity.
- The Federal government is reviewing all current regulatory charging for biosecurity activities. Through this review, a new cost base will be determined to align fees and charges with the costs to deliver existing biosecurity regulatory activities to industry. Read more HERE.
- An expert panel, led by Professor Ross Garnaut, conducted a year-long study into the Bradfield Scheme and has concluded that such a scheme would not be feasible. The report prepared by the expert Bradfield Regional Assessment and Development panel, alongside the Government response to the report was released last week. Read more HERE.
- A Telstra communique advises that new satellite technology may be a step closer to boosting remote connectivity. There are three types of satellite technology that are named after the different orbits they operate in including LEO (Low Earth Orbit), MEO (Medium Earth Orbit), and GEO (Geostationary or Geosynchronous Orbit). Learn more here at Telstra Exchange.
- QFF welcomes the endorsement of the Burdekin Falls Dam Raising Project which proposes to raise the existing dam by two metres to increase water supply and support future water demand in the Burdekin and surrounding regions. More details are outlined in the project factsheet HERE.
- The Federal government will establish a new environmental protection agency and new national environmental standards in response to the Samuel Review of the EPBC Act. Farmers are custodians of over half Australia’s landmass and any meaningful future strategies to improve biodiversity can only succeed in genuine partnership with agriculture. The National Farmers Federation’s response HERE sums it up pretty well.
- If you are interested in understanding the carbon market, then have a listen to these two outstanding podcast interviews by The Financial Bloke with Terry McCosker OAM and certified valuer Lachlan Dunsdon. The science, the pitfalls, the opportunities, the future. An excellent overview, and considered insights into the carbon market, carbon credits and their interplay with agriculture, business and society.
- QFF joins other agricultural peak bodies in calling on supermarket giant Coles to retract their comments asking growers to ‘cut their costs’ instead of asking to be paid more. Coles reportedly made $1.043 billion net profit in the 2021-22 financial year. Comments from Far North Queensland Growers HERE.
- The Great Barrier Reef catchment supports a horticulture food bowl growing an abundance of vegetables, summer fruits, nuts, and herbs. Bowen, in the North Queensland Dry Tropics region alone, produces 90 percent of Australia’s winter vegetables in rotation with melon production. The vegetables grown in the Bowen region is an estimated farm gate value of $650M. Farmers in the catchment are committed to best management practice and with the support of Growcom’s Hort 360 program are building a sustainable future for agriculture AND for the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Learn more HERE.
- Competition among processors for farmers’ milk was already strong heading into this season, but floods and heavy rain has driven national milk production down 6.5 per cent to the end of October. If the trend continues Australian dairy farmers will produce just 7.99 billion litres this season, compared to 8.55 billion in 2021-22 and 9.8 billion seven years ago. Processors have also been hard hit by the global energy crisis. Read more HERE.
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