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Improved farm debt mediation process and QRAA revamp welcomed

Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017

AgForce has welcomed more rigorous farm debt mediation processes and a revamp of the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority to assist farmers in financial stress but have called for a broader overhaul of drought policy going forward.

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AgForce backs Canberra push for better telecommunications in the bush

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

AgForce Queensland is supporting a broad coalition of regional organisations converging on Canberra today to press upon politicians the urgent need to ensure regional Australians have access to more reliable and affordable telecommunications services.

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Workshops to focus on freeholding and rural property values

Monday, 20 Mar 2017

Central and Western Queensland primary producers wanting to know more about freeholding their properties and the impact of new land valuations are encouraged to attend free workshops in Rockhampton, Emerald and Barcaldine next week.

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New drought declarations show bush still doing it tough

Monday, 13 Mar 2017

New drought declarations announced over the weekend are a recognition of the continued impact deteriorating weather conditions are having on farming families across Queensland, AgForce said today.

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Rural landholders urged to check new valuations

Wednesday, 8 Mar 2017

AgForce is urging rural landholders to check new land valuations released today are correct to ensure they don’t end up paying more in council rates and leasehold rent than they should.

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Functional stock route reform needed, not flawed laws

Wednesday, 8 Mar 2017

The Queensland Government must focus on developing a practical, workable and well-funded management framework for the state’s 2.6 million-hectare stock route network rather than pushing ahead with flawed laws, AgForce said today.

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AgForce welcomes biosecurity expert as North West Regional Manager

Tuesday, 7 Mar 2017

Barcaldine based Dr Sarah-Jane Wilson has hit the ground running today as AgForce’s North West Regional Manager.

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'Best and brightest' sought to drive agricultural policy

Wednesday, 1 Mar 2017

AgForce is seeking innovative, bright thinkers to help drive key policies to take agriculture and rural Queensland forward.

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Boost for farm loans schemes welcomed

Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017

AgForce has welcomed the announcement of additional funding for concessional loans for Queensland primary producers to expand their existing businesses and invest in new opportunities for growth.

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Rural and Regional Queensland gets a voice on the ABC Board

Monday, 27 Feb 2017

The appointment of AgForce’s South East Queensland Regional Director Georgie Somerset to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Board ensures that rural and regional Queensland has a voice on the national stage, AgForce said today.

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Defence plan process highlights need to better protect ag land

Thursday, 23 Feb 2017

The flawed master planning process for the Department of Defence’s proposed expansion of military training areas in Central and North Queensland highlights the importance of preserving agricultural land for agricultural use, AgForce said today.

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Job creating rail project a ‘game changer’ for Qld grains industry

Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017

Hundreds of construction jobs will be created and more than 20,000 trucks will be taken off regional roads as a result of a proposed grains industry project that could secure the viability of the agricultural rail network in Queensland for decades to come.

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Access, affordability and reliability key issues for telecommunications inquiry

Wednesday, 8 Feb 2017

Queenslanders living in regional, rural and remote areas desperately need more accessible, affordable and reliable phone and internet services, AgForce said today.

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Mission accomplished! Defence land grab retreat welcomed

Tuesday, 7 Feb 2017

Dozens of farming families in Central and North Queensland are breathing a sigh of relief today after the Federal Government confirmed it was abandoning plans to force graziers off their land to expand military training areas.

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Videos prove Defence lagging with land management

Tuesday, 7 Feb 2017

AgForce is demanding the Australian and Queensland Governments work together to ensure the Department of Defence better manage their military training grounds.

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Study on Defence plan’s impact on beef supply chain underway

Wednesday, 1 Feb 2017

Work is now underway on a study assessing the impacts of proposed military training area expansions on the beef supply chain, agribusinesses and local communities in Central and North Queensland, AgForce said today.

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Farmers call for better roads, rail and land use laws as Cabinet visits CQ

Monday, 30 Jan 2017

Central Queensland farmers are calling for better roads and rail infrastructure, and sensible land use laws to unlock the region’s full agricultural potential as State Cabinet meets in Rockhampton today.

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Minister confirms farmers’ land still in Defence firing line

Monday, 23 Jan 2017

The Defence Minister has today confirmed dozens of farming families could still lose their land so Singaporean soldiers can train more often in Australia, but has committed to fast-tracking a final decision so landholders know their fate within four weeks.

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2017 looking bright for Queensland sheep and wool producers

Friday, 20 Jan 2017

Queensland sheep and wool producers are the most positive they have been in years following a good winter, strong commodity prices and the continued rollout of wild dog fencing, AgForce Sheep and Wool President Alan Rae said today.

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Applications now open for agriculture student bursary

Friday, 20 Jan 2017

Southern Inland Queensland students working toward a career in agriculture or agribusiness can now apply for a special bursary to assist with their studies.

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Teaching the teachers about advances in agriculture

Monday, 9 Jan 2017

A pork cooking demonstration from renowned Australian chef Fast Ed and tours to a cotton farm, a cattle feedlot and a winery are among the highlights of a special four day conference for agricultural educators being held in Brisbane this week.

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Defence land grab the last straw for frustrated farmers

Monday, 9 Jan 2017

A Department of Defence plan to take land from Queensland farming families so Singaporean soldiers can train more often in Australia is yet another example of Governments disregarding the importance of maintaining agricultural country for food production, AgForce said today.

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Uncertain Christmas for farming families in Defence firing line

Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016

Dozens of farming families face an uncertain Christmas and an unhappy New Year as a result of continued confusion about the Department of Defence’s plan to expand their military training areas in Central and North Queensland, AgForce said today.

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Defence land buy-up to have massive impact on state’s cattle industry

Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016

An expansion of military training areas in Central and North Queensland could see more than a hundred thousand head of cattle lost to the state’s beef industry and farming families that have managed properties for generations forced off their land, AgForce warned today.

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Defence land buy-up upsetting farming families

Monday, 5 Dec 2016

The Department of Defence’s proposal to buy up significant tracts of land for military training areas had upset many farming families in central and north Queensland, AgForce said today.

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Stop pouting about veg laws and focus on Reef achievements

Friday, 2 Dec 2016

The Queensland Government needs to focus on the positive outcomes being delivered to improve the health of the Great Barrier Reef, rather than constantly complaining about their failure to pass ill-conceived vegetation management laws, AgForce said today.

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Register your interest for pest management workshops in 2017

Friday, 2 Dec 2016

Queensland landholders and primary producers wanting to learn more about the latest tools and techniques to tackle feral pests are being urged to register their interest for one of 30 workshops being held in 2017.

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Enough is enough: Pass 15% backpacker tax and move on

Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016

AgForce has added its voice to the chorus of condemnation of the Senate shenanigans on the backpacker tax, calling for the 15 per cent compromise rate to be passed.

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Oakey Beef rail freight a win for Queensland producers

Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016

A new western livestock rail freight service to the Oakey Beef abattoir will help reduce road traffic, unlock economic development opportunities and make it easier to transport cattle to markets, AgForce said today.

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AgForce joins push for better telecommunications in the bush

Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016

AgForce is joining with a group of community organisations to champion better communications services for people living and working in rural, regional and remote areas.

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'Cattle, carbon and the untapped north' the focus of Hughenden forum

Tuesday, 29 Nov 2016

A special multi-topic forum in Hughenden next week will explore how the beef industry can tap into northern development opportunities to create jobs and grow North Queensland’s economy.

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AgForce to present to world’s largest ag educators conference in USA

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016

Two AgForce Queensland representatives will speak at the world’s largest agricultural educators conference in the United States next week.

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Murray Darling decision to inflict further pain on Queensland communities

Tuesday, 22 Nov 2016

More jobs will be lost and further pain inflicted on regional Queensland communities if the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s recommendation to take further water from agricultural production is adopted, AgForce said today.

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One week to go until grains industry’s night of nights

Friday, 18 Nov 2016

With the grains harvest in full swing and just a week to go before the grains industry “night of nights”, Queensland grain growers are being urged to get in quick to book their place at the annual event celebrating the sector’s successes.

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New AgForce board to work to advance rural Queensland

Tuesday, 15 Nov 2016

Improving transport routes and regulations, ending the data drought in the bush and ensuring government policies allow agriculture to grow and prosper will be among the key issues the new AgForce Queensland Farmers Limited board will pursue over the next two years.

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Minister Byrne urged to be a champion for the bush

Friday, 11 Nov 2016

AgForce has congratulated Bill Byrne on his appointment as Queensland Agriculture Minister and urged him to be a strong advocate for agriculture both in the community and in the Cabinet room.

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New water laws deliver benefits for landholders

Thursday, 10 Nov 2016

New laws passed in State Parliament overnight will help take the pressure off landholders dealing with resources companies over underground water issues, AgForce said today.

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Proposed new stock route laws miss the mark

Thursday, 3 Nov 2016

New laws that give councils full control of the 2.6 million hectares network for travelling livestock in Queensland miss the mark by failing to put in place appropriate safeguards to ensure the stock routes are managed properly.

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New research into the impact of CSG on agriculture unveiled at Chinchilla forum

Wednesday, 2 Nov 2016

The University of Queensland (UQ) will unveil the results of new research into the coal seam gas industry’s socio-economic impact, its interaction with agriculture and effects on water at a special forum in Chinchilla in mid-November.

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Grains Gala Dinner to celebrate industry's achievements

Thursday, 27 Oct 2016

The who’s who of the grains industry will gather in Emerald next month for a gala dinner and industry tours to celebrate the sector’s successes and shine a light on the diversity and quality of agricultural production in Central Queensland.

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Queensland beef roads funding welcomed

Monday, 24 Oct 2016

The Federal Government’s $138 million commitment to upgrade key beef and northern Queensland roads will unlock economic development opportunities and make it easier to transport cattle to markets, AgForce said today.

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China delegation to explore opportunities for Queensland agriculture

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016

AgForce will be part of a high-powered business delegation travelling to Shanghai next week to accelerate and activate opportunities for agriculture in the Chinese market.

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Wild dog fencing program welcomed

Thursday, 13 Oct 2016

AgForce has welcomed a plan to roll-out previously announced funding for wild dog control and pest management, and has urged the Queensland Government to get the money out on the ground as soon as possible.

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‘Ideas to Grow With’ the theme for agricultural educators event

Monday, 10 Oct 2016

The latest techniques and technology used to teach agriculture in schools will be the focus of a special event being held in Brisbane in January 2017.

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Premier should dump vegetation laws to boost northern development

Thursday, 6 Oct 2016

The Queensland Premier should use her ‘State of the State’ speech in Townsville today to abandon her flawed vegetation management laws once and for all to help drive agricultural development in North Queensland.

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