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ACFA E-Newsletter

14 February 2020

   

 SUGAR INDUSTRY

   

Bundaberg to host national Next Gen conference

11 February 2020 | Bundaberg Now

Bundaberg has been chosen as the site for the Next Gen Case IH Step UP! national conference in March.


The conference is aimed at encouraging young farmers, millers, harvesters and researchers to gain the skills to take the reins of their industry.


It will be held on 24-25 March at the Bundaberg Multiplex.


Gerard Puglisi, president of Next Gen, who are organising the conference, said Bundaberg was chosen to capitalise on the surrounding sugarcane farming regions.


“The Bundaberg region is known for its red fertile soil and the sugarcane industry is the agricultural backbone providing an ideal location for a conference all about farming in a changing climate,” said Gerard.



“We are looking forward to hosting this conference in Bundaberg.”


This conference is ideal for younger participants from the sugar and other agricultural industries, as well as established farmers who are keen to pass on their skills and knowledge.


It will also be ideal for research and extension professionals, policy makers and agricultural suppliers. More...



Sugar women to meet in Mackay

7 February 2020 | QSL

Registrations are now open for the 2020 Annual Women in Sugar Conference, to be held in Mackay on 27 and 28 April.


QSL is a proud sponsor of the event, this year hosted by the Canegrowers Network Mackay District and focused on the theme of 'Farming Friendships'.


The conference is open to interested women and their partners from throughout the state, and boasts a jam-packed schedule of guest speakers, social activities and a bus tour. More...

   

Isis Mill makes 70,000 sleepers for cane rail

5 February 2020 | Bundaberg Now

Isis Central Sugar Mill at Childers is making 70,000 sleepers on site to deliver a major expansion to its cane rail network.


The mill is currently engaged in laying 39km of new line to give rail access to cane farms as far afield as Wallaville and Gin Gin. More...

   

Online Pricing Tool Boon For Mossman Cane Growers

10 February 2020 | Newsport

Queensland Sugar Limited’s (QSL) online pricing tool is proving to be a boon for Mossman cane growers who now deal directly with QSL for marketing.


Growers supplying Mossman Mill can now access QSL’s online pricing tool, thanks to a new supply agreement between the industry-owned sugar marketer and Mossman Mill’s owner, Far Northern Milling (FNM) Pty Ltd. More...

   

Wilmar apprentices kick start careers

13 February 2020 | North Queensland Register

Thirty young North Queenslanders are getting a head start in their careers after being signed on as new apprentices for Wilmar Sugar Australia.


The first-year apprentices will learn their trades at Wilmar's eight North Queensland sugar mills and bioethanol distillery.


Seventeen of the new apprentices will be based in the Burdekin where Wilmar owns and operates four sugar mills. More...

   

AGRICULTURE

   

KPMG Launches Blockchain Track And Trace Platform

3 February 2020 | KPMG

KPMG in Australia, China and Japan have launched KPMG Origins, a blockchain-based 'track and trace' platform to support industries including agriculture, resources, manufacturing and financial services.


The platform brings together a number of emerging technologies including blockchain, internet of things sensors (IoT), as well as data and analytics tools to provide transparency and traceability to trading partners across complex industries. KPMG Origins allows these trading partners to communicate unique product information across their supply chains, and in particular to end users, while reducing operational complexities. More...

Paradise Dam deconstruction work set for May

12 February 2020 | Queensland Country Life 

Sunwater says it is currently assessing a shortlist of civil contractors to lower the wall of the failed Paradise Dam by 5m.

In a statement issued this afternoon, Sunwater chairman Leith Boully said a contractor was expected to be named in March, with work to start in May. More...

David Littleproud needs to hit the ground running as Ag Minister: NFF Fiona Simson

8 February 2020 | Farm Online

With the agriculture industry facing a number of challenges, it's "critical" new Agriculture Minister David Littleproud hits the ground running, the National Farmers' Federation president says. More...

Authorities to ramp up resources to prepare for new exotic pest

14 February 2020 | Farm Online

A research scientist with pest monitoring organisation Cesar has warned the chances of the exotic pest fall army worm making its way to the Australian mainland will be extremely high if it is found in high numbers in Torres Strait where it was detected recently. More...

   
   

WEATHER & CLIMATE

   

Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 11 February 2020

Rainfall Statistics

Week ending 14 February 2020

Town Feb YTD
 Mossman 13.8579.4
Mareeba 40.2231.4
Cairns 7.6468.2
 Gordonvale 7.6468.2
Innisfail 43.8 521.0
Tully  63.4 437.0
Ingham  92.2 464.5
Ayr 6.0 577.6
Proserpine 28.4193.0
Mackay  38.6 280.2
 Bundaberg 91.8233.6
Maryborough 282.6354.0
 Beenleigh 364.0 536.3
 Murwillumbah637.0 900.9
Ballina 538.6 708.6
Yamba 312.6 602.8

Photo Source: Tweed Real Food

   

Soaking rain leaves farmers hopeful of breaking the drought

12 February 2020 | Farm Online

Heavy falls through drought-stricken Queensland and NSW over the past week have further consolidated the above-average rainfall for the start of 2020 and have the farming sector hopeful the crippling dry may be on its way out. More...

Climate change is reducing hazard reduction burning window: CSIRO

12 February | Farm Online

The ability of firefighters to carry out hazard reduction burns has been restricted due to climate change, Australia's leading science agency says. More...

UPCOMING EVENTS

15 February 2020 - Small Farms Field Day - Bucca

23 February 2020 - Project Catalyst Forum 2020 - Mackay

25 February 2020 - SIX EASY STEPS Workshops - Mackay

25 February 2020 - SIX EASY STEPS One Day Nutrient Management Workshop - Mackay

28 February 2020 - SIX EASY STEPS Workshops - Plane Creek