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16 Aug 2017

Agriculture must be a planning priority

Regional plans are a key part of the planning framework. Their purpose is to set a long-term strategic direction for how the regions will grow and respond to change over time. Importantly for...
9 Aug 2017

How the other side of the world does agriculture

We often hear about how different agriculture is in other parts of the world. There are a lot of opinions advocating for both the merits and the pitfalls of a regulated/subsidised system versus the...
2 Aug 2017

The future of Queensland’s bulk water supply

The Queensland Government has released a future bulk water security strategy which aims to improve the balance in the utilisation of existing bulk water infrastructure and new water projects. The...
26 Jul 2017

On-farm waste and recycling under review

The management, regulation and cost of waste in Queensland is complicated business due to challenges of geography and varied quality of localised services throughout the state. Future policy must...
19 Jul 2017

Energy Politics High on the Agenda Again

Queensland had a busy ‘energy week’ with the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise’s (TSBE) Energy Summit preceding the 12th COAG Energy Council meeting in Brisbane last Friday. Yet again, the...
12 Jul 2017

APVMA must be ‘reset’ in Armidale

Regardless of your opinion on the decision to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) from Canberra to Armidale, one thing is certain, the current output and...
5 Jul 2017

How do we prepare for the changing agriculture workforce?

Queensland agriculture is enjoying a good run with the most recent estimate valuing farm gate GVP and first-stage processing at $19.95 billion. This 20 per cent higher than the average for the past 5...
28 Jun 2017

New report reinforces greater investment in Queensland’s $56 billion Reef

A new Deloitte Access Economics report has calculated the economic, social, icon and brand value of the Great Barrier Reef to be $56 billion. The report commissioned by the Great Barrier Reef...
21 Jun 2017

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...
16 Jun 2017

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...
7 Jun 2017

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...
31 May 2017

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...