QFF undertakes a number of projects that fit within our priority policy areas.
The effects of climate change on the long-term viability of farm businesses across the state are a risk that must be managed. Climate adaptation for agriculture centres on continuous improvement in the capacity of farmers to deal with a changing climate, and ensuring the necessary tools are available. Increasing the knowledge and understanding of climate change leads to more resilient farmers and their businesses. Increasing the resilience of the sector through better climate modelling and management tools is imperative for its long-term sustainability.
The Energy Savers program aims to help farmers reduce energy costs by supporting the accelerated adoption of improvements in on-farm energy use.
Through extensive natural disaster recovery and natural disaster resilience experience, QFF identified a gap in the risk management tools available to landholders. Agricultural industry-specific insurance is an exciting prospect for our sector in its ongoing journey in managing risk. QFF is at the forefront of this exciting new industry and is working with industry members and the insurance industry to develop appropriate products and improve the understanding of insurance and its use as a risk management tool.
The Queensland Farmers’ Federation has partnered with Cotton Australia, Reaqua and Constructive Energy to consider whether microgrids can offer benefits to agricultural electricity consumers as well as networks.
QFF is a leader is natural disaster recovery and resilience projects, working on state and national project to assist farms reduce the impacts of and recovery from natural disaster events.
The NuWater Project is an irrigation plan to pump recycled water from South East Queensland, improve Moreton Bay water quality for all South East Queenslanders and increase agricultural production across the Lockyer Valley and Darling Downs.
The Reef Alliance is a partnership that recognises and works with land managers to protect and maintain the intrinsic values of the Great Barrier Reef.
Electricity is an important input for irrigated agriculture, however rising costs have constrained New South Wales and Queensland growers and impacted their profitability, competitiveness and on-farm operations. There is a progressive commitment among Australian farmers to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
This Rural Jobs & Skills Alliance (RJSA) of industry members and government provides leadership and advice to government, service providers and other organisations on employment, skills, industry training and workforce planning issues on behalf of Queensland’s agriculture industries.