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Inland rail route will have massive impacts on local landholders

Thursday, 21 Sep 2017

The route chosen for the Queensland section of the Melbourne to Brisbane inland rail line will have massive impacts on local landholders and some of the best agricultural land in the country, AgForce said today.

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New CQ grain facility first step in revitalising rail freight

Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017

A new state-of-the-art grain handling facility being built near Emerald will help make it safer and cheaper to transport grain in Central Queensland but much more needs to be done to revitalise the state’s agricultural rail freight network, AgForce said today.

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AgForce welcomes report into Defence impact on regional communities

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017

AgForce has welcomed the release of a Senate report recommending the Defence Department improve its communication processes in the wake of a land grab saga that caused enormous heartache for Queensland farming families.

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Better grain stocks information needed to boost competition

Thursday, 7 Sep 2017

A better system for reporting the quality and quantity of grain in major storages throughout Australia has become more urgent following a GrainCorp restructure that will strengthen its natural monopoly in the east coast grain market, AgForce Queensland said today.

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Queenslanders urged to get behind National AgDay

Monday, 4 Sep 2017

AgForce is encouraging all Queenslanders to show their support for farmers and join in the celebrations for National AgDay on Tuesday 21 November.

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Former Olympian and Agriculture Minister to speak at Rockhampton forum

Monday, 4 Sep 2017

Four-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Libby Trickett and Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne will be among a star-studded line up of speakers at a free forum for Central Queensland farming families being held in Rockhampton next week.

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Goondiwindi entrepreneur takes out Innovation in Ag award

Friday, 1 Sep 2017

Goondiwindi agri-business consultant Jerome Leray has taken out the 'Innovation in Ag' award at tonight's Queensland Grains Gala Dinner for his groundbreaking weed-targeting technology.

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Pimelea cattle poisoning researchers collecting samples now

Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017

Queensland cattle producers are being encouraged to collect Pimelea plant samples and assist scientists who are researching ways to stop cattle being poisoned by the toxic plant.

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Innovation in agriculture the focus for major grains industry event

Monday, 21 Aug 2017

Innovation in agriculture and the use of new technology will be in the spotlight during an upcoming grains industry farm tour, gala dinner and awards night in Goondiwindi.

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Fair and balanced land use laws will help grow agriculture and create jobs

Friday, 18 Aug 2017

Fair and balanced land use laws must be maintained for Queensland’s agricultural sector to grow to its full potential and to create more jobs in our regions, AgForce said today.

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Water metering review must deliver improvements not more red tape

Monday, 14 Aug 2017

The Queensland Government’s rural water metering review must preserve secure water access rights while not imposing unnecessary new red tape on water users, AgForce said today.

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Partnership to boost training in Qld agriculture for jobs of the future

Thursday, 10 Aug 2017

Ensuring primary producers and the next generation of agricultural workers are well-trained and have the right skills for the jobs of the future will be the focus of a new partnership between AgForce and Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges.

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Queensland Grains Gala Dinner to celebrate innovation in agriculture

Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017

The who's who of the grains industry will gather in Goondiwindi for a gala dinner and awards night to celebrate the sector's successes and showcase innovation in agriculture.

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Farmers concerned about secret revival of Wild Rivers policy

Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017

AgForce is calling on the Palaszczuk Government to come clean on its plans for river regulations following revelations of a secret motion passed at Labors state conference that called for the revival of Wild Rivers laws.

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Cattle producers sought for Reef Grazing Innovation Project

Thursday, 27 Jul 2017

Queensland cattle producers in Great Barrier Reef catchment areas are being encouraged to take part in an innovation project that aims to improve Reef water quality outcomes and increase farm profitability.

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Rockhampton air freight trial could be a boon for beef

Wednesday, 26 Jul 2017

The Rockhampton Regional Council’s plans to establish the region as a “transport and logistics hub” could deliver significant benefits for the beef industry, AgForce said today.

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‘Paddock to plate’ beef business showcases sustainable farm practices

Tuesday, 25 Jul 2017

A Queensland ‘paddock to plate’ beef business is showcasing the benefits of adopting a best management practices program to improve their productivity and demonstrate their environmental credentials to consumers.

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Grain growers want urgent overhaul of transport red tape

Friday, 21 Jul 2017

Transport rules for heavy agricultural vehicles are out of date and need to be overhauled urgently so Queensland primary producers can get on with the job of farming instead of being tied up in red tape, AgForce said today.

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Water release a welcome boost for the north-west

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017

The release of thousands of megalitres of water in the Flinders and Gilbert River catchments was a positive step towards unlocking the enormous potential for irrigated agriculture in north-west Queensland, AgForce said today.

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Charleville to host drought support forum and AgForce board meetings

Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017

Charleville will be in the agricultural spotlight later this month when it hosts a free community drought support forum and meetings of AgForce’s Cattle and Sheep and Wool boards.

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Far North crops could boom with balanced land use laws

Monday, 10 Jul 2017

High value crops could become a key feature of the agricultural landscape in Far North Queensland and the vision of a ‘northern food bowl’ could be fully realized if the Palaszczuk Government was willing to back balanced and sensible land use laws, AgForce said today.

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CQ inland port investment great news for grain growers

Wednesday, 5 Jul 2017

A new state-of-the-art grain handling facility will now be built to anchor the proposed Central Queensland inland port near Emerald after the Queensland Government today announced funding for a new rail siding connecting to the site.

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Queensland primary producers join Hong Kong trade delegation

Wednesday, 5 Jul 2017

AgForce will be part of a high-powered business delegation travelling to Hong Kong in September to accelerate and activate opportunities for agriculture in the Asian market.

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First type-one road train rolls into Rocky over weekend

Monday, 3 Jul 2017

The first type-one road train made its way through Rockhampton on the weekend to deliver cattle directly to a Rockhampton processor, a move that will save primary producers time and money, AgForce said today.

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Grains rail project would take thousands of trucks off roads

Thursday, 29 Jun 2017

More than 20,000 trucks would be taken off regional roads if the State Government invested in a proposed grains rail freight project in southern and central Queensland.

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QRFA and AgForce align industry partnership

Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017

The Queensland Renewable Fuels Association Inc (QRFA), have signed a partnership agreement today with AgForce, Queensland’s peak organisation for broadacre primary producers.

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Sky Muster data doubling a boost for the bush

Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017

Today’s announcement of significantly increased data limits for nbn Sky Muster satellite internet customers was a welcome boost for regional, rural and remote Queenslanders who were desperate for better telecommunications services, AgForce said today.

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Cattle producers win more flexibility on biosecurity requirements

Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017

Queensland cattle producers will now have an extra three months to prepare biosecurity plans after Animal Health Australia and the Cattle Council of Australia agreed to be flexible on new requirements for managing Johne’s disease.

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State Budget ‘underwhelming’ for agriculture

Tuesday, 13 Jun 2017

Support for water saving measures in the Great Artesian Basin and continued drought assistance are among the few highlights in an “underwhelming” State Budget for agriculture, AgForce said today.

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New guide to help reduce weed risks when feeding cattle

Monday, 12 Jun 2017

A new guide has been launched to help Queensland primary producers reduce the risk of spreading weeds when sourcing hay and other fodder for their cattle.

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Queensland farmers urged to gear up to save lives

Tuesday, 6 Jun 2017

St John Ambulance Queensland and AgForce are joining together to urge all Queensland farmers to have a life-saving defibrillator on their farms to respond in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.

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AgForce focused on future with State Budget wish list

Monday, 5 Jun 2017

An investment in road and rail infrastructure to help reduce the cost of transporting farm produce from paddock to plate, support for water saving measures in the Great Artesian Basin and the continued roll-out of wild dog exclusion fencing top AgForce’s wish list for next week’s State Budget.

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New Acland mine decision highlights importance of good science

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The Land Court’s decision to reject the proposed expansion of the New Acland coal mine highlights the need for good quality science and planning regulations that protect the interests of landholders and ensure agriculture can continue in the long term, AgForce said today.

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Research into Pimelea cattle poisoning gets underway

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

A major research project to overcome Pimelea plant poisoning in cattle will now get underway after AgForce successfully negotiated a funding model for the project with Meat and Livestock Australia.

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Geo-park plan rings alarm bells for North Qld graziers

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

A plan to declare the entire Etheridge Shire in Far North Queensland as a ‘global geo-park’ is ringing alarm bells for local graziers, AgForce said today.

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Govt admits only “half the story” told in land laws debate

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Palaszczuk Government’s admission tree survey data was flawed showed they were only interested in telling “half the story” around land management laws, AgForce said today.

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AgForce CEO Charles Burke to step down

Thursday, 18 May 2017

AgForce General President Grant Maudsley today announced Charles Burke was stepping down as Chief Executive Officer in August after almost five years at the helm of the peak rural industry organisation.

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AgForce welcomes commonsense decision on NT cattle movements

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Queensland primary producers will be able to more easily move cattle through the Northern Territory after the NT Government agreed to revise biosecurity requirements for the management of Bovine Johne’s Disease, AgForce said today.

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Drought still hurting in many parts of Queensland

Thursday, 11 May 2017

New drought declaration details highlight that farming families in more than two thirds of Queensland are still battling the devastating impact of drought while primary producers in the north west were now entering the recovery phase, AgForce said today.

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Federal Budget “keeps the faith” on agriculture commitments

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The Federal Budget has “kept the faith” and delivered on the Coalition’s election commitments to advance agriculture, but Queensland farmers are eager for more details about what is planned for water infrastructure in the Great Artesian Basin and a new Regional Growth Fund.

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Warwick forum to focus on ways to improve business and health

Monday, 8 May 2017

South-east Queensland farming families wanting to improve their business and improve their health are being encouraged to attend a free forum in Warwick later this month.

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AgForce welcomes mobile roaming decision

Friday, 5 May 2017

AgForce Queensland has welcomed today’s decision not to declare a mobile roaming service, and has urged the Federal Government to boost funding for the mobile phone blackspots program so regional Australians can access more reliable and affordable telecommunications services.

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Fight against fire ants must not stop now

Thursday, 4 May 2017

AgForce Queensland is joining with a group of conservation, community and farming organisations to call for continued funding to eradicate red fire ants in Australia.

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Landholders beside dams to get more security and lower licence fees

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

A landmark agreement for a group of Emerald landholders is set to deliver more security and lower licence fees for farmers around Queensland who use land next to SunWater-owned water storages.

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Wild dog fencing support must continue to grow sheep flock

Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017

Queensland sheep and wool producers are calling for continued government investment in wild dog exclusion fencing to help revitalize the industry, create jobs and boost regional economies.

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