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8 May 2020




Farm Economic Analysis Tool (FEAT)


FEAT Online supersedes the Excel version and has additional features for greater usability and accessibility. FEAT Online is a free tool developed to assist Australian sugarcane growers with measuring farm profitability and planning. Users can identify the profitability of existing farming systems and determine economic impacts from proposed practice changes. The tool streamlines data entry, makes it easier to assess multiple scenarios, and is accessible through tablets or computers. Other features include assessing options and potential risks to guide decision-making and monitoring the impact of changes.

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Tool to help sugarcane growers to measure farm profitability & planning

3 May 2020 | Newport

Agricultural economists at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have developed a new online tool that helps sugarcane growers to measure farm profitability and planning.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Farm Economic Analysis Tool (FEAT) streamlines data entry, allows growers to access regional scenarios and can be used on phones, tablets or computers. More...


HR licensing tests on hold in Queensland concerns growers

5 May 2020 | North Queensland Register

A haul-out driver shortage is threatening the productivity of the upcoming sugarcane harvest in North Queensland, with licence testing on hold due to the coronavirus crisis.

With the harvest due to start in late May, there are rising concerns there won't be enough drivers to assist with getting cane to the mills. More...


Fall armyworm is marching south

6 May 2020 | Farm Weekly

Fall armyworm has been making its way down the State, with moths detected in traps in Carnarvon last week, after originally being discovered in the Kimberley last month.

The pest specimens were discovered in Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) pheromone traps located near a sweet corn crop. More...




QFF welcomes water price freeze

5 May 2020 | QFF

Queensland irrigators will see their water prices remain the same or fall and will not have to contribute to dam safety costs following continued advocacy by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and industry members.

In response to the Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) Rural Irrigation Price Investigation 2020-24 report, the state government today announced it would freeze irrigation prices for one year, pass on any price decreases and absorb dam safety costs for the next four years. More...


Water price freeze but government must work with industry for thaw

6 May 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Water is the lifeblood of our rural communities, supporting the local environment, people and agricultural industries. The water that supports these communities is supplied by an extensive network of natural and augmented water features, comprising more than 6.4 million megalitres of water, held in 43,000 water licences. More...

Companies join forces for brighter regional future: Regional Australia Council 2031

4 May 2020 | Farm Online

Some of the nation's largest companies have joined forces, vowing to use their collective knowledge and influence to transform regional Australia.

Led by the think tank Regional Australia Institute (RAI), the group aims to drive the region's future through evidence-based policies. More...

Australian agribusiness: A quiet achiever in a troubled economy

6 May 2020 | Agribusiness Bulletin

Australia, along with the rest of the world, continues to struggle with the economic consequences of the spread of COVID-19. The disease (and its management) has had, and will continue to, impact across virtually all sectors of the economy. In this Agribusiness Bulletin we unpack the recent effect of COVID-19 on agribusiness in Australia, before turning to look at what the spread of the virus might mean for Australian agribusiness in the future. More...

Industry continues fight to restore Paradise Dam

7 May 2020 | Bundaberg Now

Bundaberg Region stakeholders say the State Government has under-estimated the economic value of Paradise Dam and should review the advice it's received.

Industry and local government representatives want the dam’s capacity reinstated after necessary repairs are made. More...




Biofuel could blossom if govt gives industry fertile ground

5 May 2020 | Farm Online

Australia could see a bioenergy boom if the government gets its legislation right, industry advocates say.

The federal government believes the untapped energy source could play a big role in the nation's emissions reduction strategy, and has asked the Australian Renewable Energy Agency to develop a bioenergy strategy. More...


Nation's largest solar farm announced in renewable stimulus

7 May 2020 | Farm Online

The renewable energy industry could lead Australia out of the pandemic-induced economic crisis, as the Queensland government announces the nation's largest solar farm will be built in Darling Downs. More...


Energy savings add up for Queensland dairy farmers

5 May 2020 | North Queensland Register

The Queensland government's Energy Savers Plus Program Extension has been a long-running program designed to identify and to improve energy efficiencies on farm. QDO has been working alongside Queensland Farmers' Federation and member organisations such as Growcom and Canegrowers, over a 12-month period. More...




Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 5 May 2020

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 8 May 2020

Town May YTD
 Mossman 27.01451.2
Mareeba 0.2421.8
Cairns 20.2961.2
Innisfail 57.01646.1
Tully 51.81560.2
Ingham 3.41313.6
Ayr 0.0896.8
Proserpine 1.8595.0
Mackay 13.4993.8
Maryborough 1.6504.2
Ballina 80.61099.6
Yamba 2.0972.2

Perfect rain delivers a lifeline for outback farmers in Queensland's south-west

6 May 2020 | ABC

After years of drought, drenching rain in March has given farmers in Queensland's south-west a reprieve from paddocks of dust and destocking.

Record rains flooded the region's rivers, filled its channels and overflowed dams as arid floodplains became inland seas. More...