2015 Australian sugarcane crush set to start

ASMC4 May 2015
Australian Sugar Milling Council

The Australian sugarcane crush is set to commence in eight days time with the Mossman Mill, north of Cairns, announcing 11 May as its start date.

Starting estimates for 2015 have been finalised with a crop in the order of 33.75 million tonnes in prospect for Australia. If achieved, this will represent more than a 1 million tonnes increase on the 2014 crop. Continue reading

Soil Health Field Day- Marian

Soil Carbon | Calcium | Compaction

Hear from leading growers and soil health experts locally and around Australia on the critical issues of soil health. Learn more about how you can address and improve soil health on your property for the long-term future.

Tuesday 26th May 2015
7:00 am – 4:00 pm

For more information, download the event flyer here.

Submissions to sugar taskforce extended

9 April 2015
George Christensen

Those wanting to make submissions to the Sugar Industry Code of Conduct Taskforce established by the Coalition Government now have more time to do so.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen, who chairs the taskforce, said it had been set up to investigate the need for a potential code of conduct for the industry. Continue reading

DEVELOPING A WAY FORWARD: Sugar Marketing in Australia

Two public meetings will be held next week surrounding the future of sugar marketing in Australia.

Tuesday 14th April 2015
5:30pm for a 6pm start
Ingham, Lees Hotel
Click here to view the flyer.

Wendesday 15th April 2015
5:30pm for a 6pm start
Innisfail, Senior Citizens Hall
Click here to view the flyer.

 – Don Murday, Chairman Australian Cane Farmers Association
 – Steve Guazzo, Vice Chairman Canegrowers Association
 – Dick Honan (or a representative) Manildra Group—Australia’s
largest ethanol producer and a major sugar refiner
 – Employee representative

Special Guests:
 – Shane Knuth, Member for Dalrymple
 – Rob Katter, Member for Mt Isa

Following numerous requests, public meetings must now be held to allow all parties to make their opinions known to two of the three most powerful people in the Parliament.

For more information contact MP Bob Katter’s Office on Local call: 1300 301 942

Apologies from the State Agriculture Minister.

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.