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Agriculture’s challenge to meet the demands of a growing global population are well known, and it is generally accepted that we will need to feed, clothe and grow amenity for an additional 2...
An international perspective on agriculture
We often hear about how different agriculture is in other parts of the world and as Australian farmers, it’s important to keep an eye on the bigger global picture as we plan for our businesses into...
Fair price for farmers
The persistent drought conditions across Queensland are challenging many farmers from various agricultural industries. The visual impacts of drought – dry dams, no grass, hungry stock – has led...
Cyclone risk cover – closer than you think
Like drought, cyclones are part of the farming landscape in Queensland. Insuring crops against cyclones has long been viewed as fantasy by the industry. Every summer we think that there must be a way...
Farmers invited to have their say on solar
According to the Australian Energy Regulator, there was an 82% increase in the number of small businesses disconnected by Ergon Retail last financial year. With some farmers on the receiving end of...
QFF projects extending Reef future
As nations, organisations and individuals celebrate 2018 as the International Year of the Reef, questions continue to be raised about the Australian Government’s $444 million grant to the Great...
Consumers must choose product over price
It is often said that tragedies beyond our control often bring out the best in people. The response from Australians to help farmers and local communities struggling to cope with the drought...
No rate relief for farmers
Even though much of the state has been or remains drought-declared, agriculture’s $20 billion contribution to the Queensland economy in 2017-18 was an increase of 11% over the 5-year average. The...
Reef in focus
2018 is the third International Year of the Reef – an International Coral Reef Initiative campaign that occurs roughly every 10 years. As an Australian icon, the Great Barrier Reef is firmly fixed...
The potential of genetically modified produce
QFF frequently talks about the challenges and opportunities ahead for Queensland agriculture. By 2050, we are told that the world’s food system will need to produce 70% more to feed an increasingly...
The war on plastic waste
Australia is fighting a war against waste and plastics are the enemy. Plastic contamination has become insidious, posing significant risks to agricultural soils, wildlife and cattle through...
Commitment needed to protect prime ag land
The inability of the current, overly-complicated planning framework to properly protect the state’s small amount of truly prime agricultural land (about 3 per cent) has been raised by the...