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10 Things to Know from QFF

1. Last week Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers (QFVG) unveiled their new Hort360 ESG platform at the Hort Connections Conference and Trade Show in Melbourne. Developed by QFVG, the platform enables growers to report their sustainability efforts against global, national, and state-based goals. Read more here.
2. A new peak body, Agritourism Queensland, has officially launched to represent and advocate on behalf of farmers who diversify their farming operation into agritourism. The peak body has been established through a partnership between QFF and the Queensland Government. Learn more here.
3. Canegrowers CEO Dan Galligan has thanked the Queensland Government for listening to industry concerns and providing cyclone-impacted growers a six-month extension for disaster recovery grants. Read more here.
4. The Queensland Parliament’s Supermarket Pricing Select Committee recently handed down its Inquiry into Supermarket Pricing report, producing eight recommendations including the establishment of the Office of the Queensland Farmers’ Commissioner. Read more here.
5. The Rural Jobs & Skills Alliance (RJSA) is currently under review and  QFF are seeking input from industry stakeholders regarding  topics including workforce challenges, the Queensland Agriculture Industry Workforce Plan 2022-2027, and the RJSA’s operations. Learn more here.
6. The speaker line-up for the Queensland Garden Expo, taking place at the Nambour Showgrounds from 4-7 July, has been announced, with more than 150 free talks taking place over the four-day event. Find the full speaker program here.
7. Seven Queensland organisations, including Cotton Australia, have been selected to receive funding through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Agribusiness Digital Solutions Grants Scheme. Read more here.
8. Are you a farmer who wants to learn more about sustainable agricultural practices? Rural Aid provides funding to support primary producers, across all industries, to attend impactful education courses reimbursing 50% of the course cost up to a maximum of $1000 per farmer. Learn more and apply here.
9. The National Agricultural Traceability Strategy 2023 to 2033 identified data interoperability as key to reducing agricultural traceability costs and responding to food safety and biosecurity risks. The Australian Government have developed and are seeking feedback on a draft data interoperability framework here by 14 June.
10. Telstra have extended the date on their 3G network closure by two months to allow people more time to upgrade their devices. The 3G network will now close on 31 August 2024. Read more here.
  • June 10, 2024