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18 June 2021




Public submissions on reef regulation reversal bill due by Wednesday 30 June

16 June 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Submissions are being sought on the Environmental and Other Legislation (Reversal of Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) Amendment Bill 2021 put forward by Katter's Australian Party in April.

Agricultural industry representatives attended a public hearing into the bill in Brisbane last Friday, criticising the Palaszczuk government's Environmental Protection (Great Barrier Reef Protection Measures) and Other Legislation Amendment Act introduced in 2019.

The KAP's bill has been referred to the Health and Environment committee for detailed consideration and a report is to be prepared by October 21.

The bill before the committee seeks to repeal amendments made in 2019 to the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and Chemical Usage (Agricultural and Veterinary) Control Act 1988. More...

Written submissions can be sent via email to before June 30.


Government commits almost $330 million to Great Barrier Reef in state budget

15 June 2021 | Queensland Country Life

A $270 million funding injection is set to bolster the efforts of farmers from the Far North to the Wide Bay, who are working to reduce runoff and improve water quality.

Announced as part of the 2021-22 state budget, the funding forms part of the almost $330 million the Palaszczuk government has committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef, regenerating land, and supporting tourism. More...


Mossman Mill roars to life as the 2021 Cane Crush kicks off

Date | Source

The engines of the Mossman Sugar Mill rumbled to life this morning as the 2021 cane crushing season officially got underway.

Over 780,000 tonnes of cane is expected to be harvested in the coming months with the season likely to run for approximately 17 weeks ending around mid-October. More...


New free trade agreement to deliver jobs and business opportunities in Australia and The United Kingdom

15 June 2021 | Australian Government

A new free trade agreement with the UK will deliver more Australian jobs and business opportunities for exporters, bringing both countries closer together in a changing strategic environment.

Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson have agreed on the broad outlines of an Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA). More...

Destructive coconut rhinoceros beetle a 'stone's throw' from Australia as it spreads through Pacific

17 June 2021 | ABC

Australia's sugar, pineapple, mango, and coconut oil industries are facing a major threat from a destructive pest beetle sitting on the nation's doorstep.

The coconut rhinoceros beetle has bulldozed its way across the Pacific in just a few years and is now in Papua New Guinea, University of Queensland researcher Dr Kayvan Etebari warned. More...


Taste for organic surges on back of pandemic

15 June 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Millions of consumers have turned to organic food since the commencement of the COVID-19 pandemic and more than half of all Australian shoppers have purchased certified organic in the last year, according to the new Australian Organic Market Report 2021 released by Australian Organic Limited today. More...


Why sugar cane sneakers are a sweet step towards more sustainable fashion

11 June 2021 | Lifestyle Asia

The arrival of a new natural material and renewable resource could well put an end to the use of plastic in our shoes. As fashion brands seek to reinvent themselves to reduce their impact on the planet, they are gradually turning to sugar cane, which is shaping up to be a major ally for one of the world’s most polluting industries. More...




QFF welcomes electricity rebate ahead of transition to new farming tariffs

17 June 2021 | QFF

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) has welcomed an electricity rebate announced by the state government to assist farmers transitioning to new retail tariffs but noted the funding would do little to address existing energy affordability issues.

The announcement follows the release of the Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) final determination on 2021-22 regulated retail electricity prices for the Ergon network area last week, and when implemented from 1 July, will see tariffs specifically designed to meet the needs of irrigation and other farming activities phased out. More...

Not enough substance in Queensland Budget

16 June 2021 | QFF

The Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and industry members are underwhelmed by the 2021-22 State Budget which appears to be all style and not enough substance.

QFF CEO Dr Georgina Davis said the Budget’s headline numbers could not disguise that it was again a missed opportunity to address some critical productivity issues and exciting growth opportunities that would benefit the sector following the COVID-19 pandemic. More...


Cotton industry looks to use waste for soil health

17 June 2021 | Queensland Country Life

A trial project in southern Queensland could help markedly improve sustainability and cut waste within the cotton industry.

The project, to be trialled at a farm at Goondiwindi, will look at seeing whether cotton textile waste can be broken down and used as a soil ameliorant and a means to limit carbon emissions. More...


Farm production growing beyond $66 billion

16 June 2021 | Queensland Country Life

Australia's farm production has been forecast to surge past $66 billion with a bumper crop pushing forecasts $400 million higher than expected.

The federal government's agriculture forecaster ABARES predicts production will reach $66.3 billion in 2020/21, an eight per cent increase on the drought-affected previous year. More...

New agriculture-specific visa established for UK and Australian workers

16 June 2021 | ABC

A new agriculture-specific visa will be established between Australia and the United Kingdom, allowing people to work on farms in either country.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the visa in London, after providing details of the in-principle free trade agreement between the two nations. More...


Emma Ayliffe, Young Farmer of the Year 2021, seen as a trailblazer and innovator

17 June 2021 | ABC

At 28 , Emma Ayliffe is a successful business owner, nationally recognised agronomist, a fledgling farm owner and an in-demand public speaker.

Now, to add to the list, she has been named the 2021 Young Farmer of the Year. More...

Scathing Auditor-General biosecurity report confirms system needs reform

14 June 2021 | Farm Online

There serious failings in the way Australia's biosecurity system picks up flaws, with much of the system "largely inappropriate", a scathing audit report has found.

The Australian National Audit Office assessed the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment's effectiveness in responding to non-compliance with biosecurity requirements. More...


Major drought reform for Queensland producers

June 2021 | Agriculture News

The biggest reform to Queensland’s drought assistance in generations will help Queensland primary producers improve their management of future droughts. A range of proactive measures including tailored training, grants and loans will be open to primary producers without needing a drought declaration across a broad range of agricultural industries. More...



Week Mill Crush (t) %CSS
Date STD Week STD

6 Jun 2021 Tableland 19,580 12.35 12.35
South Johnstone
18 Jun 2021 Tully 79,221 12.13 12.13
Plane Creek
Rocky Point



Weekly Rainfall Update

for 7 days to 9 am 15 June 2021

Rainfall Statistics

Week Ending 18 June 2021

Town Jun YTD
 Mossman0.2 1234.6
Mareeba 1.2 786.6
Cairns 20.2 2155.2
Innisfail 65.83308.4
Tully 65.83308.4
Ingham 23.82863.6
Ayr 5.8865.8
Proserpine 10.0850.6
Mackay 44.4892.4
Maryborough 24.4455.8
Ballina 5.01181.6
Yamba 7.01189.2

Link between warmer ocean temperatures and March 2021 big wet

17 June 2021 | Farm Online

Aquatic ecologist Dr Keith Bishop has recognised a connection between the arrival of tropical marine surprises, higher water temperatures, and the 2021 big wet.

Dr Bishop noticed a correlation between ocean temperatures becoming warmer, and the 'big wet' of March 2021 which caused one in 100 year floods on the Mid North Coast of NSW and flooding in outer Sydney. More...