|1. Queensland and New South Wales farmers could win one of two $500 discounts off their energy bills for participating in a research study aiming to better understand how they consider and choose electricity tariffs for their agricultural operations. Read more from QFF HERE.|
|2. While Queensland’s agricultural sector has an established history of managing its waste streams effectively, illegal dumping on public and private land has caused ongoing issues for landholders. Read QFF’s Queensland Country Life column HERE.|
|3. Bunnings Trade and QFF are giving you the opportunity to join the Bunnings Trade PowerPass membership program or link your existing PowerPass account to access a range of exclusive benefits. Make your life easier with customised pricing, offers on a wide range of quality brands and flexible fulfilment solutions by signing up HERE.|
|4. The Commonwealth Parliament passed the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals Legislation Amendment (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority Board and Other Improvements) Bill 2019 on 1 December 2021. Learn more about the legislation and how it may affect you from QFF corporate partner Holding Redlich HERE.|
|5. Did you know the use of biotechnology in cotton has made a significant contribution to the dramatic reduction in insecticides applied to Australian cotton crops? Since 1992, there has been a 97% decrease in insecticide use. Read more from QFF industry member Cotton Australia HERE.|
|6. The Omicron variant is putting into sharp relief the strain COVID-19 has been putting on our supply chains, and highlighted ways in which our logistics and markets may be made more resilient. Read more from Growcom HERE.|
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|8. Extraordinary assistance grants of up to $50,000 are now available for primary producers affected by the recent floods in the Bundaberg, Fraser Coast, Gympie, North Burnett and South Burnett local government areas to get back on their feet. More information and apply HERE.|
|9. The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan has been updated by the Australian and Queensland governments as part of the first five yearly comprehensive review to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef to 2050. Read more HERE.|
|10. Join the University of Queensland’s Agri-Food Innovation Alliance on the 18th of February in Toowoomba for their Industry Consultation Forum and play your part in South East Queensland’s agri-food revolution. Learn what’s on offer – including funding, research and training to support your business. Register HERE.|
Institute for Policy Science Quality Control: Application to Great Barrier Reef Science.
Dr Peter Ridd
34 Mango Avenue, Mundingburra, Townsville
The Problem: Some of the science upon which governments base expensive decisions is not as reliable as it needs to be. This problem is particularly acute for the science of the Great Barrier Reef where it is likely that some of the funds to save the reef will not be spent on the most urgent environmental problems. It is also possible that some legislation that is based on questionable science will result in little environmental benefit but will cause significant costs to industry.
Set aside 1% of the recently announced $500 million “Reef Rescue” funds to set up an “Institute of Policy Science Quality Control” that would do truly independent checks on GBR Science.
Allocate 5% of the $2 billion per year funding for the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council to checking, testing, and replicating “Policy-Science”
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