- QFF has partnered with Airbnb to sow the seeds of opportunity and grow the state’s emerging agritourism sector through world-class farm stays and exciting new farm experiences. Read the media release HERE and learn more about Queensland farm stays on Airbnb HERE.
- Participation in carbon markets can provide farmers with additional revenue streams, diversified agricultural businesses, and greater resilience through the certainty of long-term purchase contracts. However, there are barriers. Read QFF’s Queensland Country Life column HERE.
- The QFF Energy Savers program has been helping farmers identify energy savings on farm which also reduce carbon emissions. Through their experiences, they’ve put together an article detailing the work farmers are undertaking to increase their profitability and sustainability as well as the steps others can take to reduce their carbon emissions. More HERE.
- Are you a farmer growing or producing food, fibre or foliage in Queensland? The Grown in Queensland initiative has been launched to assist consumers to identify and purchase your produce. For more information and to get involved, click HERE.
- Nominations are now open for Cotton Australia’s Australian Cotton Industry Awards for 2021, which recognise the resilience of the industry and innovation throughout the cotton supply chain. Individuals and teams can nominate others, or themselves HERE. Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 26th March 2021.
- What Australian consumers have learned through the pandemic, is the real value of our domestic industries and the importance of our ongoing food security. It is up to processors and retailers to follow suit and pay accordingly. Read more from QFF industry member Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation HERE.
- Regional businesses can now apply for $500,000 in funding grants through the Queensland Government’s Go Global Export Program which aims to help businesses overcome exporting barriers break into new markets. More information and apply HERE.
- On 26 February 2021 Australia regained freedom from high pathogenicity avian influenza. The outbreaks in Victoria were successfully eradicated and ongoing surveillance shows no further evidence of this disease in Australian poultry. More information HERE.
- ABARES and the CSIRO have analysed how five megatrends shaping Australia’s food and fibre industries in coming decades will present both great opportunities and challenges for farmers, government and the economy. Read the report HERE.
- The Department of Resources is hosting a free Online Resource Community Info Session on Thursday, 18 March 2021 from 2-3.30pm regarding resource activities in Mt Isa and the North West Minerals Province. For more information and to register, click HERE.
Regionalisation Agenda launched
On Tuesday at the National Press Club, the NFF launched its Regionalisation Agenda. The Agenda's key asks include a commitment by government to 20 place-based developments and for regional Australia to be a standing priority of National Cabinet.
Capital drought could put $100b goal at risk
AgriFutures'Capital requirements of Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector report revealed the sector will need to find an additional $8.7 billion in new investment this decade. The NFF is calling for reform to address the identified barriers to investment in agriculture.
Agriculture continues to supercharge nation's economy: ABARES
The farm sector remains a standout performer and contributor to Australia’s economy, according to ABARES' most recent Insights report noting the gross value of agriculture, fisheries and forestry production reached $67 billion in 2019/20.
The bush yet again the poor cousin in latest high priority infrastructure list
Disappointingly, Infrastructure Australia's 2021 High Priority Projects’ list does not include one regional project. The NFF says action is needed to match the Government's positive messaging on regional development.
Now is the time to invest in agriculture
Capital – the debt and equity used to purchase and upgrade assets – drives productivity improvements. It allows farm businesses to invest in machinery, software, land and countless other assets which drive down input costs and increase output levels.
To put it very simply, the industry’s growth depends on it being able to increase its capital stock. Of course, this growth depends on other factors, like access to high-value export markets and low transport costs, but adequate capital is the most fundamental.