Last chance to enter 2015 Queensland Training Awards

Queenslanders are being urged to act quickly to nominate for the 2015 Queensland Training Awards which close on 10 April.

Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath said Queensland’s highest honours for vocational education and training were up for grabs at the seven regional finals and then at the state final in September. Continue reading

Soil Health Symposium: Burdekin

NQ Dry TropicsAre you a farmer or grazier who wants to know more about soil biology?

NQ Dry Tropics invites you to a Soil Health Symposium to hear about the latest science around soil health and how it affects you as a producer. Take the opportunity to access researchers who are working directly with landholders to determine how you can boost your soil biology to improve productivity and reduce costs.

Time: 9am – 5pm
Date: Thursday 21 May 2015
Venue: PCYC, Macmillan Street Ayr

For more information, click here to download the event flyer.


Applications for 2016 Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships open on 1st April

Nuffield 1Applications for the 2016 Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships will open on 1st April. There are more than 20 scholarships open to primary producers and managers, which includes a Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC), Global Focus Program (GFP) and individual study program.

A $30,000 bursary is available for successful applicants to study a topic relevant to their business and industry. The tenure is 16 weeks over two years with flexibility provided.

More information can be found on the Nuffield Australia website.

Two weeks left for farmers’ grants

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Hooded Sprayer funded und Reef Rescue

Hooded Sprayer funded und Reef Rescue

Wet Tropics Farmers have less than two weeks to register their interest for their Reef Water Quality and Innovation projects. This is the final round of the Australian Government’s Reef Water Quality Grants Programme which has been running for eight years and has seen $24.3 million injected into agricultural industries in the Wet Tropics. Continue reading

Bundaberg/ Isis Next Gen meeting

Next Gen invites you to attend the Next Gen’s Bundaberg/ Isis meeting to be held in the Alloway area on Tuesday 17th February 2015.

Where: Meet at Alloway Country Club at 4pm and take a short drive to Greg Zunker’s farm to inspect soybeans, cane and new lateral irrigator.

Gerard Puglisi (the Next Gen Officer) will be present and will give us an overview of how the other Next Gen Groups are going.

We’ll also be providing further information about the upcoming Next Gen conference – “Step UP 2015″.

We encourage you to come along, bring a friend and join in the social environment that Next Gen is renowned for.

If you can’t attend the meeting, that’s ok, but still please consider making the effort to travel north for the conference.  The conference is at Palm Cove (just north of Cairns) on 16-18th March, and is great opportunity to meet like-minded people and learn new ideas.  We guarantee that you and farm will benefit from the positive experience.  For more info visit  or talk to one of your local Next Gen Reps.

Your Next Gen Bundy/Isis Reps:

Gavin Lerch – 0418 798 225
Josh Buchbach – 0427 559 095

Women in Sugar Conference less than 5 weeks away

Women in SugarThe Women in Sugar Conference will be held in Ingham on 10th & 11th March 2015.

10-11 March 2015

Women In Sugar Herbert will host the Women In Sugar Australia Conference in March 2015. The 2-day conference is themed “Working Together to Move Forward”.

Day 1: Tuesday 10 March
Morning: Conference presentations
Afternoon: Conference presentations

Day 2: Wednesday 11 March

Bus tour showcasing the diversity of the Herbert from Wallaman Falls to Lucinda for a tour of the Sugar Terminal and finishing with lunch in Halifax.

For more information about the event,
click here to download the program

Click here to download registration form

MSF Agronomy staff – Mulgrave and South Johnstone

Michael Porta

Michael Porta

MSF has appointed two Senior Agronomists in their North Coastal mill areas. They will be known to many of you already. Claire Bailey is based in Mulgrave and Michael Porta in South Johnstone with some overlap. Whilst their areas overlap, the majority of their work will be undertaken in their respective mill areas.They may travel to other MSF cane growing areas for short periods.

Claire Bailey

Claire Bailey

Their work will focus on assisting growers across a range aspects of cane production where growers seek to make changes for improved profitability and productivity. Variety management, nutrition, weed management/herbicide use, controlled traffic farming, harvest timing and drainage are examples of farming operations where Claire and Michael will work one to one with growers who want to make some changes to improve their profitability and productivity.