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Public service ‘cash splash’ angers droughted communities doing it tough

Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019

The State Government’s decision to offer $250 million in bonuses to public servants on top of an above-CPI wage rise at a time when thousands of rural producers are struggling to survive the...

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Speech: Nuffield Australia National Conference Opening Speech

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019

AgForce CEO Michael GuerinGood morning everyone! My name is Mike Guerin and I’m CEO of AgForce, the peak body that represents broadacre agriculture in Queensland.As an organisation that...

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Farmers hit by drought, flood and fire – and an uncaring State Govt

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2019

AgForce has slammed a ‘cruel and uncaring’ State Government for forcing its Reef Protection Bill through Parliament without considering the destructive impact it will have on regional and...

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High Court ruling makes managing vegetation 'virtually impossible'

Friday, 13 Sep 2019

A decision by the High Court this week has made vegetation management for Queensland primary producers even more confusing, exposing them to fines of up to $600,000 per breach.The High Court decision...

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What’s the point of democracy if Government doesn’t listen?

Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019

Speech by AgForce CEO Michael GuerinReject the Reef Regs Rally, Townsville Good morning everyone!And what an inspiring morning it has been.My fellow speakers – Michael, Dale, Marty, Susan...

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AgForce launches movement to stand up for regional Queensland

Friday, 9 Aug 2019

AgForce today, at the opening of Ekka 2019 to the general public, asked the question, “Who will stand up for regional Queensland?” AgForce General President Georgie Somerset said they...

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State Government trigger mapping remains flawed despite new release​

Thursday, 25 Jul 2019

AgForce is ‘deeply concerned’ that there are still large areas of farming land being wrongly targeted by the State Government’s trigger or ‘blue dot’ protected...

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AgForce applauds bipartisan support for progressive approach to drought

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

AgForce has commended the Federal Government’s creation of the Drought Future Fund as “progressive” and “the right path to better drought management” for its emphasis on...

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Collaboration key to reducing wild dog numbers in Queensland

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

AgForce’s Wild Dog Coordinators project is helping deliver a resurgence in Queensland’s once burgeoning wool and sheep meat industries by reducing the threat posed by wild dogs.In central...

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AgForce Shed Full of Knowledge offers essential producer update

Tuesday, 23 Jul 2019

AgForce will conduct a series of practical, interactive sessions across south east Queensland to explain recent changes to protected plant trigger mapping and their implications for local producers...

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Farmers can protect the environment without Big Brother watching

Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

A primary producer-driven field day being in held at Banana in central Queensland today proves farmers can look after the environment without the State Government watching over their shoulder...

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Winding up of BMP programs the start of a new chapter

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

At a meeting of the BMP Alliance on Thursday 20th June 2019 the joint owners of Grazing and Grains BMP – AgForce, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), the Fitzroy Basin...

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Disaster inquiry confirms industry concerns over confusing VMA

Tuesday, 16 Jul 2019

AgForce has condemned the State Government for failing to heed long-held concerns about the Vegetation Management Act, after the Government’s own inquiry implicated the VMA in worsening last...

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Speech: Rangelands Policy Dialogue, Brisbane

Monday, 1 Jul 2019

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin, at Rangelands Policy Dialogue.Facebook Live video.IntroductionCan I acknowledge the Royal Society of Queensland and NRM Regions Queensland, who along with AgForce are...

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AgForce secures trigger mapping commitment from Minister

Friday, 28 Jun 2019

AgForce has secured a commitment by the Minister for the Environment and Science to more fully engage with producers on the protected flora trigger mapping, which created such havoc for the industry...

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Farmers and conservationists join call for urgent action on weed crisis

Friday, 28 Jun 2019

Queensland's peak agriculture body AgForce and global conservation organisation The Pew Charitable Trusts have joined forces to fight for funds to manage a noxious weed that could devastate western...

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AgForce ‘cautiously optimistic’ about drought review – but collaboration essential

Friday, 28 Jun 2019

AgForce is “cautiously optimistic” about the State Government’s proposed approach to better drought management policy announced today by Agricultural Industry Development and...

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Speech: Farming in a Risky Climate – Is community trust in agriculture a new climate risk?

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019

The Australian Farm Insitute's Farming in a Risky Climate event was held at the Stamford Plaza in Brisbane over Wednesday and Thursday, 26–27 June, with a conference dinner on...

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State must involve producers in trigger map review or risk a further debacle

Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019

A campaign led by AgForce and its members to expose the shortcomings of the new protected flora trigger mapping has led to the State Government reviewing the dangerously inaccurate data. The...

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Queensland agribusinesses devastated by arbitrary mapping decision

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019

A seemingly arbitrary change by the State Government to the way it maps protected plants will have a devastating effect on many producers, making it more onerous and expensive to manage and graze...

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Flood-ravaged farmers lose out in $10M political game

Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019

Queensland primary producers working to rebuild after the devastating floods in February are now facing a new challenge, one that threatens to render large areas of the State practically...

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AgForce ‘Beef and Reef’ forum to set agriculture’s agenda

Thursday, 13 Jun 2019

Poorly conceived State Government legislation on issues including farm run-off to the Great Barrier Reef and vegetation management is the spark that has ignited the creation of the AgForce...

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State Government’s ‘JAWS’ budget should make producers ‘very afraid’

Wednesday, 12 Jun 2019

The State Budget has provided yet another example that the Queensland Government doesn’t understand agriculture and has no clear vision for its future.AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said that when...

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AgForce forums focusing on sustainability to help producers’ profit

Tuesday, 11 Jun 2019

According to AgForce Land Valuation Consultant John Moore, there are a lot of farming businesses throughout Queensland that could be doing more to identify areas of improvement and key opportunities...

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The best thing consumers can do is eat sustainable Aussie beef

Thursday, 6 Jun 2019

A report card released today by the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) into the sustainability of the Australian beef industry highlights the major milestones being delivered by producers and...

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Speech: Queenslanders Unite Rally

Thursday, 6 Jun 2019

I am Georgie Somerset, South Burnett Cattle Producer and General President of AgForce.We are an independent, member-driven voice for Queensland's $6 billion beef, sheepmeat, wool, and grains...

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AgForce welcomes science-based underground water report

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

AgForce has welcomed updated scientific information about the effects of coal seam gas (CSG) production on underground water in the Surat Cumulative Management Area (CMA) as an important tool in...

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Land clearing decision another nail in landholders' coffins

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

A decision by the Queensland Court of Appeal that will potentially expose landholders in the south-east to fines of more than half a million dollars for managing their vegetation is “governance...

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Agriculture pleased to continue fruitful collaboration with Federal Coalition

Sunday, 19 May 2019

AgForce congratulates the Coalition Government on its re-election and looks forward to its continued support for Australian agriculture as the sector strives to become an environmentally sustainable...

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Better internet could add $20 billion to value of primary production

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Improving internet and phone services in rural and remote areas would produce a thousand-fold return on investment, with latest research showing that better connectivity could increase national...

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Bipartisan support for improving connectivity in the bush welcomed by AgForce

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

AgForce has welcomed announcements by both major political parties towards improving telecommunications infrastructure in regional, rural and remote communities after advocating for this critical...

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AgForce welcomes government recognition of ongoing drought

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

AgForce has welcomed further recognition by the State Government of the crippling drought that continues to grip Queensland, while calling for a bipartisan approach to the issue.Despite recent good...

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AgForce moves to protect Reef, the environment, and members’ data

Thursday, 2 May 2019

AgForce has moved quickly to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland environment and the integrity of its members’ data, following the introduction into Parliament of the Reef...

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Proposed crackdown on animal extremists music to farmers' ears

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The State Opposition’s proposed introduction of a Private Members Bill for harsher penalties for animal extremists has been welcomed by AgForce CEO Michael Guerin.The Opposition is proposing...

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New class 1 agricultural notice makes moving farm machinery easier

Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019

Moving farm machinery is easier from today across large parts of regional Australia thanks to a new single National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice that removes the need to apply...

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Speech: Agriculture: Growing Australia, the NFF’s Federal Election Priorities campaign launch

Monday, 29 Apr 2019

Welcome everyone to the National Farmers’ Federation Federal election campaign launch 2019 Agriculture: Growing Australia.My name is Georgie Somerset and I’m the General President of...

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New bridge at Mundubbera a win for connecting local communities

Friday, 26 Apr 2019

AgForce General President Georgie Somerset today welcomed the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack of a $20 million upgrade to the John Peterson Bridge in the North Burnett.Mrs...

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Global warming, erosion, mulga deserts and Labor's flawed eco plan

Friday, 26 Apr 2019

Higher carbon emissions, greater erosion, less sustainable agriculture and the creation of vast ‘tree deserts’ throughout central Australia will be the inevitable result of Federal...

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National Farmers’ Federation and AgForce to launch Federal election campaign in Rocky

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2019

With Queensland looming as a key battleground in the upcoming Federal election, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has chosen Rockhampton, Australia’s beef capital, to launch its...

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AgForce applauds forward-looking $1.5M Labor pledge for cattle research

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2019

AgForce has welcomed the $1.5 million funding promise from the Federal Labor Party for the Beef Central Queensland Livestock Centre of Excellence, a producer-led research program co-developed with...

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Manifestly inadequate fines fall short for terrifying home invasions

Monday, 15 Apr 2019

A $650 fine for a terrifying home invasion is considered manifestly inadequate by community & industry according to AgForce CEO Michael Guerin.The Queensland Government yesterday announced that...

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Overwhelming response from farmers brings about regional Reef hearings

Tuesday, 9 Apr 2019

Sustained pressure from farmers from throughout Queensland reef catchments has persuaded the State Government to hold Reef Bill hearings in the affected regions, where the people it will affect live...

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Farmers targeted by activists fear for their families’ safety

Friday, 5 Apr 2019

Many of the farms currently being targeted by activists are run by families, not faceless corporations, as activists like Aussie Farms would have you believe, said AgForce Cattle President Will...

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Federal budget shows solid support for agricultural recovery and resilience

Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019

AgForce has welcomed the acknowledgement in the Federal Budget of agriculture’s vital contribution to our country, our lifestyle and our economy, and the need to support farmers through natural...

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#connectqld setting the scene for transport priorities across Queensland

Monday, 1 Apr 2019

Each year transport infrastructure moves more than 80 million tonnes of Australian agricultural output between farms, storage, processors and markets, and transport makes up 40% of a farmers’...

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