Last chance for Reef Programme farmers’ grants

Sam and Steven Lizzio received funding in previous rounds to reduce sediment runoff from their banana farm. (Courtesy Terrain NRM)

Sam and Steven Lizzio received funding in previous rounds to reduce sediment runoff from their banana farm. (Courtesy Terrain NRM)

Wet Tropics farmers now have their last chance to access grants through the Australian Government’s Reef Programme to improve land management practices to help reduce the runoff of nutrients, sediments and pesticides from agricultural land into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Continue reading

Cane Toad Control Workshop

Please join Chalene Bezzina, University of Sydney as she provides us with the ‘how to manage this menace’!

When: Tuesday 3rd February 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Fraser Coast Regional Council nursery, Botanic Gardens, Elizabeth Street, Urangan

Participation is FREE with morning tea and lunch provided.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by email to Lesley Bradley

To download flier, please click here

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SRA Update

16 December 2014

By Neil Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Sugar Research Australia

As this calendar year draws to a close the SRA team hasn’t slowed in pace.

In late November SRA hosted an Industry Training Update forum in Townsville attended by over 120 growers, researchers and extension providers to share research updates.  During the forum delegates heard about our proposed Adoption Strategy and provided ideas about new ways to promote research outcomes in the next year.  This strategy is still being reviewed and further feedback will be sought from SRA’s representative bodies in January 2015 before implementation occurs. Continue reading

Supporting our cane growers

10 December 2014
The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP

The Australian Government is today establishing a new sugar marketing taskforce to look into competition and marketing issues facing the cane sector.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, has today unveiled the terms of reference of a government-initiated Sugar Marketing Code of Conduct Taskforce to consult with the sugar industry on a range of issues around marketing and export arrangements for cane growers. The taskforce will be chaired by the Member for Dawson, George Christensen. Continue reading

Launch of SRA’s High Yielding Cane bookelt

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) invites sugarcane industry representatives to attend the launch of SRA’s High Yielding Cane booklet by the

Minister for Agriculture the Hon. Barnaby Joyce
SRA Chairman Paul Wright

When : Wednesday 10 December 2014
Time: between 9:15am – 10:00am
SRA Mackay office, 26135 Peak Downs Highway, Te Kowai, Mackay, Qld 4741 or ph: 07 4963 6800.

No RSVP required and – Tea and coffee will be provided after the launch at 9:50am for guests.

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Whitsunday Agriculture Forum

George Christensen MP, Federal Member for Dawson ,invites you to the Whitsunday Agriculture Forum with Federal Agriculture Minister,

Hon Barnaby Joyce MP

The Forum: The agriculture forum is an opportunity for Whitsunday locals to hear from the Minister Barnaby Joyce and give feedback on agriculture policy.

Where: Larrikin Hotel, 69 Herbert St, Bowen

When: Wednesday 10th December 2014

Time: 3pm – 4pm

or phone
1300 301 979 or 49 440 662

To view the flyer in full, please click here.

BPS Shed Meetings

Burdekin Productivity Services (BPS) has confirmed end of season shed meetings, please see below.

Fri 28 Nov 8:30 Selkirk/Haughton T Pontarelli
Fri 28 Nov 12:00 Clare/Mulgrave (lunch 1st then meeting) Clare Club
Mon 1 Dec 9:30 Dalbeg Dalbeg Inn
Mon 1 Dec 1:00 Millaroo J Cambruzzi
Tue 2 Dec 7:30 Upper Haughton/Stockham Rd* Mio/Old Shadforth shed
Wed 3 Dec 8:30 Giru/Shirbourne D Poletto

*Please note the Upper Haughton/Stockham road has changed start time