e-Newsletter | March 2015                                     

Cane conference a sweet success
20 March 2015 | Matt Sherrington

A demographically diverse group of 164 sugar cane industry professionals ranging from those just beginning their careers to others starting to think about succession plans convened at Palm Cove on March 16-18 for the 2015 Case IH Step Up! Conference. More..

VIDEO: Cane farmers Step UP! with technology
27 March 2015 | New Farm Machinery

New Farm Machinery attended the recent Case IH Step UP! 2015 conference in Palm Cove and have put together a video highlighting some key messages. View here...

Yarding family farms with small business
25 March 2015 | QLD Country Life

Australia family farms may soon be classified as small businesses by the federal government, with the creation of a new ombudsman. More..

Sugar yield not effected by less fert
23 March 2015 | Matt Sherrington

Early trial results show a new approach to fertiliser application in Wet Tropics cane farms is ultimately boosting the quality of water heading downstream, with minimal effect on cane tonnage or sugar content. More..

Applications for 2016 Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships open on 1st April

Applications for the 2016 Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships will open on 1st April. There are more than 20 scholarships open to primary producers and managers, which includes a Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC), Global Focus Program (GFP) and individual study program. More..

Growers to benefit from QCS sugar pricing course
27 February 2015 | QCS

Queensland Commodity Services (QCS), Mackay Sugar’s licensed commodity business, has partnered with Rural Training Queensland to offer cane growers a nationally recognised training course focussed on sugar pricing and risk management. More..

Historic Queensland sugar shipments set sail for Japan
23 March 2015 | Charlie McKillop & Carmen Brown

A new chapter in the history of Queensland sugar is being written at the Cairns wharf, with two historic sugar shipments leaving the port destined for Japan. More..
Soil Health Symposium: Burdekin

Are you a farmer or grazier who wants to know more about soil biology?

NQ Dry Tropics invites you to a Soil Health Symposium to hear about the latest science around soil health and how it affects you as a producer. Take the opportunity to access researchers who are working directly with landholders to determine how you can boost your soil biology to improve productivity and reduce costs.

Time: 9am – 5pm
Date: Thursday 21 May 2015
Venue: PCYC, Macmillan Street Ayr
More info

Sugar Mills confront crisis in energy security
26 March 2015 | ASMC

Members of the Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC) have met for 2 days in Brisbane to consider critical issues around long term energy security and the emerging crisis of electricity prices. More..

AgForce concerned with Queensland's unstable Government
30 March 2015 | Lydia Burton

The Queensland Government's turmoil has rural lobby group AgForce concerned.

Over the weekend it was announced that Queensland's minority Labor government is in jeopardy, after member for Cook, Billy Gordon, was sacked from the party over a string of undeclared criminal offences. More..

Talks turn to sugar marketing future
27 March 2015 | Daily Mercury

Canegrowers regional collectives and Wilmar Sugar have met to discuss future sugar marketing arrangements. More..

Queensland farmers renew fight for cheaper power as uncertainty hangs over Agricultural Energy Council
27 March 2015 | ABC Rural

A major question mark is hanging over the future of an energy council designed to give farmers more say in power pricing. More..

Case IH Step UP! 2015 links

Thank you to all of you who attended, sponsored, exhibited and presented at Case IH Step UP! 2015 which was held in Palm Cove recently. Please see below for links to presentations and pictures from the event.

Speaker presentations
Event gallery

Bundaberg Sugar signs two-year contract with Coles
24 March 2015 | Queensland Times

Bundaberg Sugar has signed a two-year contract with Coles to supply about 20,000 tonnes of sugar a year. More..

Burdekin welcomes new SRA development officer
17 March 2015 | SRA

Cane growers in the Burdekin are looking forward to working with energetic and well-respected research operative, Belinda Billing, who joined the Sugar Research Australia (SRA) team today as the new Development Officer based in Ayr. More..

Last chance to enter 2015 Queensland Training Awards

Queenslanders are being urged to act quickly to nominate for the 2015 Queensland Training Awards which close on 10 April.

Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath said Queensland’s highest honours for vocational education and training were up for grabs at the seven regional finals and then at the state final in September. More..

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