Next Gen E-Newsletter, February 2014

Next Gen Farmer E-Newsletter       
February 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott to offer drought package within days
17 February 2014

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has praised Australian farmers for their resilience battling drought and their “have-a-go” ethos, identifying rural Australia and the bush as an iconic part of the “national consciousness.”

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Abbott to inspect drought-stricken regions
13 February 2014
Anna Vidot

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott will inspect drought-affected areas of NSW and Queensland this weekend.

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Young dairy farmer optimistic about the future
13 February 2014
Brett Worthington

On paper, it's hardly a glamorous life - very early mornings, late nights and a variable income.

But for 24-year-old dairy farmer Paul Howe from Naringal in Victoria's south-west, he couldn't imagine doing anything else.

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GIVE 2014

GIVE 2014 has launched its webpage telling you all about the expo and how to register to attend this year's event in Innisfail. 

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Joyce wants everyone involved in white paper 
11 February 2014
The Inverell Times

Now is the time for those interested in agriculture to have their say on how Australia can build a sector that grows and delivers a greater return to our nation and the farm gate.

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Yellow Canopy Syndrome identified in the Mackay sugarcane region
7 February 2014
SRA Media Release

Sugar Research Australia Limited (SRA) has confirmed the presence of Yellow Canopy Syndrome, an undiagnosed condition affecting sugarcane crops, in the Mackay region.

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Women in Sugar Bundaberg to host conference next month
7 February 2014

Bundaberg will host the 2014 Women in Sugar Conference, March 11-12.

Dianne Bailey said the two-day program was an opportunity for women involved in the sugar industry to meet like-minded women from other areas.

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Funding debate over control of exotic weed
7 February 2014
Suzannah Baker


It's the problem the sugar and grains industry didn't want, but one they are going to have to pay for.

Red witchweed was first confirmed in Australia last July. It was found on four Mackay cane farms in north Queensland.

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Gerard is back on the road

Next Gen Officer, Gerard Puglisi, will be hitting the road again very soon in the Cane Captiva to visit key sugar regions throughout QLD & NSW. Gerard is keen to catch up with Next Gen farmers so keep an eye out for where he is headed.

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Korea free trade details revealed
17 February 2014
Anna Vidot

The Federal Government will today release the full details of its free trade agreement with South Korea.

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Nuffield Scholar profile; Bryan Granshaw
23 January 2014

A search for more diversity in his cropping program on his north Queensland sugarcane farm led Bryan Granshaw to a Nuffield scholarship in 2012, and a world of opportunity. The Dalbeg farmer used his scholarship to research intercropping, or a combination of two crops growing simultaneously in the same field.

To see Bryan's profile in full, please click here.


QSL Update
Week Ending 14.02.14
Carla Keith & Cathy Kelly

QSL Industry Relationship Managers, Carla Keith & Cathy Kelly, have issued their weekly update for week ending 14th February 2014.

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Business Planning and Cash Flow Management course- it's not too late to register!

There are a few places left on the Bundaberg, Mackay, Ayr and Ballina Business Planning & Cash Flow Management workshops.

This course is aimed at young farmers and will provide you with the knowledge about how to better understand and manage your business to help you make informed decisions about your farming future.

The course will be held over one day and will cover topics such as Business Structures, Government Regulations, Legal and Taxation Issues, Income & Cash Flow Projections, Profit & Loss and Break-Even Projections.

The course also includes 3 months support from the facilitator.

More information on the course and how to register is available here.
New model for Australian agriculture
13 February 2014
Jim Turnour

When most Australians think about farmers, one image still springs to mind: a family in Akubras and Blundstones, battling the elements with a Blue Heeler by their side. That’s still the image invoked by politicians when calling for more financial support for farmers, including for a new drought package discussed inside the Coalition party room this week.

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Soaking rain on the way
12 February 2014
Brett Dutschke

Rain is set to spread across more than 95 per cent of Australia for the first time since La Nina, soaking parts of each state and territory.

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SRA release latest CaneClips

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has recently released a new Cane Clips called 'A healthy crop starts with a clean seed'. 

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History made at sugar mill
9 February 2014
Daily Mercury

History was made at Wilmar Sugar's Proserpine Mill when long-time local Fergus Briskey celebrated 50 years of service last month.

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