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10 things to know from QFF

  1. Queensland farmers interested in sowing the seeds of opportunity and growing the state’s agritourism sector through world-class farm stays and exciting new farm experiences are encouraged to attend free industry webinars on the 20th and 21st of April run by QFF and Airbnb. For more information and to register, click HERE.
  2. QFF research found the most common reason why recent school leavers do not engage with agricultural work is because of location, with more than half of the respondents citing a belief that they live too far away from agricultural employers. Read this week’s QFF’s Queensland Country Life column HERE.
  3. The latest QFF Energy Savers e-newsletter is now available! Stay up-to-date with the latest news including new electricity tariffs, how to reduce carbon emission on your farm and financing options to implement energy efficiency and renewables. Read the e-newsletter HERE.
  4. CANEGROWERS members in Queensland’s southern sugarcane region have embraced Smartcane BMP as a way to prove they are farming sustainably next to Moreton Bay. In Episode 8 of the CANEGROWERS Virtual Bus Tour, visit the Gold Coast and Greg Zipf who supplies cane to the Rocky Point sugar mill, mulch to home gardeners and also grows soya beans. Watch HERE.
  5. QFF industry member Growcom has unveiled a new look Infopest – the premier agvet chemical database for Australia’s agricultural and veterinary industries. The new look Infopest boasts improved functionality, a clean, modern look and a suite of new features. Check it out HERE.
  6. Geoscience Australia, in collaboration with state government agencies, will be carrying out a series of airborne electromagnetic surveys within Queensland during 2021 to gather new information about potential groundwater, mineral and energy resources. For more information, click HERE.
  7. The Australian Institute of Management is offering Regional Australian and Women in Leadership scholarships to support the professional development of Australia’s regional leaders and managers, and current and emerging female leaders. Details HERE.
  8. The federal government is delivering improvements to the way environmental risks from chemicals are managed in Australia, with the passing of the Industrial Chemicals Environmental Management (Register) Bill 2020 in Parliament recently. Details HERE.
  9. After recent weather events, several QRIDA and Queensland Reconstruction Authority grants and rebates are available for farmers to help them grow, get back on track, develop or adapt their business. More info HERE and HERE respectively.
  10. Join the University of Southern Queensland for a free half day workshop on the use of drones for smart farming and agriculture purposes at the Queensland College of Wine in Stanthorpe on 22 April from 3.30-6.30pm. Register HERE.
  • April 6, 2021

National Farmers’ Weekly Wrap


Farmers feel the brunt of flooding rains

Torrential rainfall across much of Australia's east coast this week, resulted in livestock loss; pasture and infrastructure inundation and isolation for some farmers. A range of assistance measures are now available for individuals, farm businesses and communities impacted and can be accessed via FarmHub here.

Agriculture's female leaders converge on Canberra

The NFF's 2020 Diversity in Agriculture Leadership graduates this week visited Canberra following the completion of their mentoring program last year. The women met with a range of politicians, challenging our elected representatives on their response to the gender issues besieging politics. Applications for the 2021 Program are now open. The NFF has a goal to double the number of women in the sector’s leadership by 2030.

Highly anticipated water market report out today

The ACCC has today released its final report into Murray-Darling Basin Plan after it was directed to conduct an inquiry into tradeable water rights. The report outlines 29 recommendations in total and stresses the need for comprehensive and focused reform of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan's water markets.

Action needed to ensure the safety of farm workers

In response to a disturbing report out yesterday related to the alleged sexual harassment of female backpackers on a Queensland farm, the NFF issued a strong call for industry and government to do more to protect the safety of farm workers.


Safer farms, safer farmers

A foreword from Farmsafe Chair Charles Armstrong and Executive Officer Stevi Howdle from the 'National Farm Safety Education Fund Strategy' report.

Farmsafe Australia is committed to making Australian farms safer places to live and work.

Farms are dangerous workplaces with geographically hard-to-reach audiences, who can be resistant to traditional safety messages. However, farmers are equally innovative and resilient. To cut-through and change behavior requires a deep understanding of the audiences we are trying to reach and engage with.

Farmsafe Australia has been asked to develop a robust, actionable strategy that provides the Minister for Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment the insights required to deliver a National Farm Safety Education Fund that improves on farm safety and achieves ambitious targets.

Consultation has been ongoing in the background for the past six months, gathering information through phone calls and emails as well as face to face meetings where possible with farmers, researchers, safety professionals, industry representatives, educators, agribusiness representatives and others, to seek guidance on the direction this strategy should take.

In October of 2020, Farmsafe engaged Redhanded, a communications agency who was tasked with further investigating the common themes that were occurring in Farmsafe conversations.

Personal interviews were conducted (sample was split to ensure national cross-sectoral representation as well as commodity specific representation) to dig deeper into farming attitudes on farm safety policies, programs and behavioural change techniques, and to gain a solid understanding of where government investment would be best placed to drive a reduction in on-farm injury and fatality.

The result is a roadmap that guides us towards a much more sustainable future for Australian agriculture as it focusses on our farms most precious resources; our people.

Collaboration is a core tenet of this strategy and there are significant opportunities for engagement and involvement as we head towards 2030.

As an industry, we must drive the improvement of our safety culture and best management practices with strong and inspired leadership.

Safer Farms, Safer Farmers - that’s a commitment we all need to make.


Quote of the Week

"The majority of farmers act in accordance with the law and workers and farmers enjoy a positive partnership in getting food and fibre from farm to market. However, one instance of mistreatment or harassment is one too many."

-NFF CEO Tony Mahar

  • March 26, 2021

Paradise Dam

Paradise Dam

Click here to view the Economic Costs of Inaction on Paradise Dam Report.

Click here to view the Supplementary Report: Economic Costs of Inaction on Paradise Dam Report.

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  • June 19, 2020