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23 October 2020




Australian Cane Farmers Association 2020 Annual General Meeting

9 October 2020 | AGM


- Consideration of the financial statements;
- Board remuneration, and
- Reappointment of the Auditor

Any other business that may be properly brought before an annual general meeting will be special business and will require written notification to the company 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Members of ACFA are advised that you must be a voting Member of the Company in order to be entitled to vote at the AGM.

Members of ACFA are advised that a member who is entitled to attend and cast a vote at this meeting, may appoint a person as a member’s proxy to attend and vote for the member at the meeting. Each member may appoint one proxy. A proxy must be a Member of the Company.

RSVP by 28 October 2020.  Email to register or request a proxy form. 

Meeting link will be emailed to registered individuals prior to the meeting date.


Retirement prompts role changes

20 October 2020 | QSL

Queensland Sugar Limited’s Chief Operating Officer, Robert Hines, will retire from the business as of Friday 30 October 2020.

QSL Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Greg Beashel said Mr Hines had been with QSL for nearly eight years, including four years as Chief Financial Officer, and had played an integral role in the company’s evolution.

“During his time with QSL, Robert has been instrumental in negotiating the contractual framework that currently underpins our marketing business, as well as the development of our Grower Services and QSL Direct teams, and the delivery of the strong banking and pricing services enjoyed by much of Queensland’s sugar industry,” Mr Beashel said.

“Robert’s considerable financial expertise, wise counsel and positive attitude will be sincerely missed by the QSL team and we wish him all the best for his retirement from executive life.” More....


QSL 2020 AGM

23 October 2020 | QSL

Queensland Sugar Limited held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Brisbane this morning, with those in attendance joined by participants dialling in via video conference for the first time.

QSL Chairman Guy Cowan said the inaugural hybrid AGM format was reflective of the changed world ushered in by COVID-19. More...

Bundaberg Sugar announces closure of 135-year-old Bingera sugar mill following low cane supply

23 October 2020 | ABC

The Bingera sugar mill near Bundaberg will not crush again as the mill operator Bundaberg Sugar Limited (BSL) says it will close the site this year.

Chief executive Guy Basile said BSL was streamlining its operation to just its Millaquin mill in Bundaberg. More...


Queensland farmers to be paid “reef credits” to reduce coral-killing pollutants

22 October 2020 | Renew Economy

A new market mechanism designed to reduce the impacts of pollution on the Great Barrier Reef has been kick-started with banking giant HSBC and the Queensland government announced as the first buyers of so-called “‘reef credits”. More...

Sugarcane to hydrogen investigated

23 October 2020 | Bundaberg Now

Final-year chemical engineering students at The University of Queensland are investigating how sugarcane can be used as a clean energy source to create hydrogen.

Professor Damien Batstone said bagasse and other agricultural residues were an abundant resource that could generate “green” or carbon-negative hydrogen at scale. More...

New T34 electricity tariff cuts irrigation costs

23 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Farmers say a newly announced electricity tariff will help irrigators better manage high energy costs, but says more work is needed to fix all the issues in the power pricing system.

The Queensland Competition Authority confirmed this week that the new control load tariff T34 would be available as a primary tariff to farmers from November 1. More...

Fall armyworm update

22 October 2020 | Biosecurity Alert

Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) has been detected in several new locations in southern and southwestern Queensland over the past week, at the Lockyer Valley, St George and Chinchilla. This follows the recent detection of fall armyworm in northern New South Wales at Moree and Boggabilla near the Queensland border.

This expansion of range from northern and central Queensland is not unexpected as fall armyworm is highly mobile, with long-distance migrations facilitated by favourable meteorological conditions.

Fall armyworm was initially detected on the Torres Strait islands of Saibai and Erub in January 2020. Since then it has also been reported from numerous sites in northern and central Queensland including Bamaga, Croydon, South Johnstone, Tolga, Lakeland, the Burdekin, Bowen, Bundaberg, Emerald, Richmond, Clermont, Biloela, Mackay and Longreach. More...




The value of water

21 October 2020 | QFF

Access to reliable, affordable water is one of the most critical factors in the future success and growth of agriculture in Queensland; and achieving Australia’s goal of a $100 billion sector by 2030. With over 60,000 Queensland jobs across the agriculture supply chain, the sector is the largest employer across regional Queensland and there are significant opportunities for the agriculture sector to provide a platform for Queensland’s economic recovery following COVID-19. More...


'Wake-up' call shocks graziers into climate action

19 October 2020 | ABC

When Sue Gedda had to evacuate from rising floodwaters at her central Queensland cattle property in 2017, it was a traumatising and unexpected event.

She said flooding from Cyclone Debbie "brought the level of the creek up 4.5 metres higher than previous records, and 40 centimetres into the upper level of our highset house". More...

NSW farmers begin their first harvest in four years, headers light up the night sky

20 October 2020 | ABC

There's a glow atop the paddocks in northern New South Wales, a sight locals and farmers haven't seen since 2016.

It's header drivers working into the night to get the most important crop in years off as quickly as possible. More...


Graingrowers say they never knock back rain even while harvesting

22 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

With most farmers in southern Queensland looking down the barrel of the best harvest in the past four years, it seems they can't seem to take a trick, as rain has fallen in time to disrupt their harvesting.

Lynelle Urquhurt, Warrowa, Moonie, received 15 millimetres last Tuesday and another 8mm in a storm on Wednesday evening.

Mrs Urquhart said the wet weather was enough to call a halt to their harvesting plans for the next couple of days. More...

Supporting the Supporters in farm recovery

14 October 2020 | QFF

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) is seeking interested participants for involvement in a wellbeing program to support farmers after natural disasters to recover and remain resilient for future events. More...

Women's work in agriculture set to take leading role

16 October 2020 | Farm Online

Women working in agriculture are increasingly likely to be better educated than their male peers and are on course to make up about half of the industry's managers in 10 years. More...

Championing for women to be confident

21 October 2020 | Farm Weekly

Being the first woman ever elected to the board of a co-operative that's almost 90 years old would be enough of an accomplishment for most, but Natalie Browning had to take it one step further and become deputy chairwoman just two years after her initial election. More...


WLA Connect

October 2020 | WLA

Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) has launched a brandnew networking and learning hub called WLAConnect.

The platform is designed for women to gather, network, share and learn about being a female leader in today’s working environment. Connect members are able to access events, learning materials and forums where they can collaborate with women from the agriculture sector and beyond. 

This is an important developmental initiative for women across the country. Features of WLA Connect include:

  • A curated learning laboratory filled with leadership development content
  • Expert masterclasses on leadership theory and practice
  • Face-to-face and online networking events
  • Member led contributions and recommendations
  • Peer coaching, executive coaching and mentoring opportunities.

AI-powered picking and packing robots assist farmers with unforeseen labour shortages

19 October 2020 | Growcom

Brisbane based robotics company LYRO Robotics has successfully deployed their robots and world leading picking and packing technology in commercial trials at the avocado facility Sunnyspot Packhouse in Ravensbourne, Queensland. More...

National Farmers’ Federation and ASA team up for 2020 AgDay

Ag Show Australia

In 2020, National Agriculture Day is on again – this year on Friday 20 November. The National Farmers’ Federation and the ASA are pleased to team up to encourage show societies across the country to get involved, by hosting a COVID-safe AgDay Long Table Lunch. More...



Week Mill Crush (t) %CSS
Date STD Week STD
19 Oct 2020 Mossman 589,640
18 Oct 2020 Tableland 508,810 14.64 14.28
18 Oct 2020 Mulgrave 936,299   12.40 11.98
18 Oct 2020 South Johnstone 978,284 12.11 12.21
23 Oct 2020 Tully 1,850,943 13.50 12.77
17 Oct 2020 Victoria 2,126,463 13.99 12.88
17 Oct 2020 Macknade 973,065
17 Oct 2020 Invicta 2,558,623 15.58 14.36
17 Oct 2020 Pioneer 1,210,748 15.91 14.84
17 Oct 2020 Kalamia 1,198,873 15.44 14.32
17 Oct 2020 Inkerman 1,224,338 15.53 14.56
17 Oct 2020 Proserpine 1,254,640 15.52 14.14
18 Oct 2020 Mackay 3,681,398 15.83 13.90
17 Oct 2020 Plane Creek 963,438 15.81 13.95
18 Oct 2020 Bundaberg 1,026,052 16.06 14.65
18 Oct 2020 Maryborough 456,540 15.08 14.28
Rocky Point
18 Oct 2020 Harwood 401,740 12.56 11.55
18 Oct 2020 Broadwater 502,061 12.99 11.91
18 Oct 2020 Condong 371,381 12.80 11.36



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 20 October 2020

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 23 October 2020

TownOct YTD
 Mossman 0.61702.0
Mareeba 0.0 475.8
Cairns  5.61310.4
Innisfail 10.82344.1
Tully 30.23112.8
Ingham 4.31617.4
Ayr 0.81024.8
Proserpine 27.2805.4
Mackay  2.81212.6
Maryborough 0.6711.6
Ballina 28.41694.0
Yamba 9.01435.0

Here it comes: October is looking good and November is even better

20 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

It may have the blood pressure levels of grain growers and cane farmers trying to get crops off soaring, but the pastoral industry is looking skyward for the first decent break in spring.

The latest Bureau of Meteorology mapping shows 10mm to very handy 25mm falls over a big area of Queensland, particularly across the Downs and Wide Bay regions. More...


Central Queensland forecast to receive more rain this weekend

22 October 2020 | Queensland Country Life

Central Queensland woke to widespread thunderstorms last night, with the Bureau of Meteorology predicting more severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall across southern Queensland this weekend.

A severe weather warning was issued for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall in Roma, Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Biloela and Gin Gin on Thursday afternoon. More...


La Niña-driven wet summer for outback Queensland sees RFDS, SES preparing for worst

21 October 2020 | ABC

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is encouraging outback residents to be ready for anything as forecasters predict a La Niña weather event that will bring higher than average rainfall this summer.

RFDS Queensland chief operating officer Andrew Barron said crews were well prepared, having previously experienced extremely wet conditions. More...


Bureau of Meteorology radar rollout concerns outback Queensland residents as La Niña looms

20 October 2020 | ABC

Two new weather radars set to fill a notorious blackspot in North Queensland will not be operational for the upcoming wet season, according to Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud. More...




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