10 things to know from QFF

  1. QFF is underwhelmed by the 2021-22 State Budget which appears to be all style and not enough substance. QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis said the Budget’s headline numbers could not disguise that it was again a missed opportunity to address some critical productivity issues and exciting growth opportunities. Read QFF’s media release HERE.
  2. QFF has welcomed an electricity rebate announced by the state government to assist farmers transitioning to new retail tariffs but noted the funding would do little to address existing energy affordability issues. Read QFF’s media statement HERE.
  3. The agriculture sector is the only one that can deliver food security, environmental sustainability and economic opportunity for relatively low risk. However, without more targeted and deliberate action from government, agriculture will not fully capitalise on the exciting opportunities that are unquestionably available. Read QFF’s Queensland Country Life column HERE.
  4. “It is imperative that all Australians and visitors adhere to biosecurity requirements both on-farm and in general, and report suspected breaches to Biosecurity Queensland immediately.” QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis recently spoke to InQueensland regarding biosecurity, read more HERE.
  5. A cotton farm just outside Goondiwindi in Queensland is the site of a ground breaking trial to test whether shredded cotton products could offer benefits to cotton soil health, and a scalable solution to textile waste. Read more from Cotton Australia HERE.
  6. Australia’s sugarcane growers have welcomed the opportunity to grow sugar exports to the United Kingdom under an in-principle trade deal between the two countries. Read more from QFF industry member CANEGROWERS HERE.
  7. The federal government has announced a new seasonal agriculture worker visa. The visa will be extended to all 10 ASEAN countries in view of Australia’s close and longstanding economic ties with the region. Read more HERE.
  8. Australian farmgate production is on track for a record-breaking $66.3 billion year. ABARES’ June quarter 2021 Agriculture Commodities report shows how the sector has navigated the uncertainties and challenges posed by COVID-19 and changes in the international trade landscape. Read the report HERE.
  9. Australians can now nominate individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of our $66 billion agricultural industries and the health of our animals, plant and people through the 2021 Australian Biosecurity Awards. For more information and to nominate a biosecurity champion, click HERE.
  10. Most people keep fruit in a bowl, but that might be the fastest way to rot your healthy snacks. Prevent food waste, keep your fruit fresher for longer and have a better eating experience with some helpful tips from fruiterer and cook Thanh Truong, and the ABC. Learn more HERE.
  • June 21, 2021
Sam Houston
 

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