Cane farmer lays down Movember challenge to sugar industry

Cane farmer Michael Hetherington challenges the sugar industry to take part in Movember.

Cane farmer Michael Hetherington challenges the sugar industry to take part in Movember.

Long-time cane farmer and moustache enthusiast, Michael Hetherington, has laid down a challenge to fellow farmers this November; to grow a moustache in support of the Movember Foundation.

Over 4 million people in 21 countries support Movember which sees men grow a moustache for the entire month of November to help raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

“We’ve started a Movember team called the Stubble Shavers and I encourage farmers to get involved,” says Michael.

“I’m challenging farmers from all over to start the 1st November clean shaven and to continue to grow the best Mo they can for the entire month of November.” Continue reading

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Growers mount fight of their lives to keep profits transparent

3 April 2014
Canegrowers & ACFA Media Release

CANEGROWERS and ACFA have issued the strongest possible warning to the miller of close to half of Australia’s sugar that it must consider the future viability of growers, as news that it plans to break away from QSL and set up its own marketing arm ripples across the industry. Continue reading

Sugarcane researchers to share scientific breakthroughs at Gold Coast conference

ASSCT Media Release
4 March 2014

Over 300 sugarcane researchers, scientists, and technologists will attend the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists’ (ASSCT) annual conference at the Gold Coast this year.

The conference will showcase the latest research breakthroughs, technology and inventions at Jupiter’s Gold Coast from Tuesday 29 April to Thursday 1 May 2014.

To see the release in full, please click here.

Young cane farmer finalist for Farmer of the Year awards

3 September 2013
Media Release

Mossman farmer, Australian Canefarmers (ACFA) director and Next Gen Officer, Gerard Puglisi, has been named as a finalist in two categories in the prestigious Australian Farmer of the Year Awards.

Gerard’s clear commitment to his industry has earned him a finalist position in both the ‘Rural Leader of the Year’ and ‘Diversification Farmer of the Year’ categories. Continue reading

Next Gen Reps meet in Brisbane

MEDIA RELEASE: Next Gen Reps meet in Brisbane


20 June 2013

For the first time since being announced as a representatives (Reps) at the successful Case IH Step UP! Conference in March, the regional Reps from young cane farmer group, Next Gen, met in Brisbane recently.

Established in 2012, the Next Gen program focuses on the importance of ensuring the more established farmer is encouraged to transfer the wealth of their knowledge to the incoming generation and that they are exposed to all available resources to ensure a viable and sustainable cane industry. Continue reading

MEDIA RELEASE: Sweet result as Next Gen adapts conference to suit farmers

MEDIA RELEASE: Sweet result as Next Gen adapts conference to suit farmers

25 February 2013

The Next Gen Program (Next Gen), which fosters the next generation of Australia’s young cane farmers, says it has listened to feedback from grass-roots farmers and adapted the Case IH Step UP! Conference to suit farmers’ needs.

The Case IH Step UP! Conference will be held at Sea World resort from March 26-28, 2013. Continue reading

Media Release: Step UP! 2013 Conference will make a difference for young and established farmers

Media Release: Step UP! 2013 Conference will make a difference for young and established farmers

2 January 2013

Australia’s sugar cane farmers, from all generations, have the first major opportunity in the history of the industry to discuss the future of the industry at the Step UP! 2013 conference in March this year.

Don Murday, Chairman of the Next Gen program, which fosters the next generation of young farmers,  said Step UP! 2013 will focus on three key industry drivers – profitability, sustainability and innovation. Continue reading