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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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Mitchell sheep breeder announced as Gus McGown bursary winner

Monday, 10 Apr 2017

Mitchell merino stud breeder Felicity Brumpton will receive a $5000 education scholarship as the winner of the annual Gus McGown bursary.

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Extended disaster assistance for primary producers welcomed

Wednesday, 5 Apr 2017

AgForce has welcomed the activation of disaster assistance for primary producers affected by flooding in central and south-east Queensland, but flagged that more support may be needed as the full economic impact of Cyclone Debbie becomes clearer.

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Transport frustrations on the agenda of AgForce Grains Board

Tuesday, 4 Apr 2017

Queensland grain growers’ frustration with the process for moving oversized agricultural machinery and the need for more rail infrastructure investment were among the hot topics at the AgForce Grains Board’s meeting in Brisbane this week.

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Cattle and crop losses emerging in Cyclone Debbie’s wake

Friday, 31 Mar 2017

Central Queensland cattle producers in an inland area between Mackay and Rockhampton have had major livestock losses, significant damage to their properties, and face weeks of isolation with roads cut, power out and bridges washed away by ex-Cyclone Debbie, AgForce said today.

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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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