e-Newsletter | September 2014                                     

Next Gen takes part in MOVEMBER 2014

Next Gen is looking for people to join our 2014 #Movember team! The STUBBLE SHAVERS will be supporting #Movember by helping raise awareness and funds for prostate & testicular cancer as well as mental health.

One million Aussie men live with depression or anxiety. They’re our fathers, brothers and mates and they need our help!!

To find out more, visit our website
Landline features Bonsucro & NSW this Sunday

This coming Sunday Landline will feature a piece on NSW Sugar and their production of certified sustainable sugar.

It will outline NSW’s involvement in Bonsucro and the benefits of being a member. It will show how NSW is the first in the world where the farming, milling and refining of sugar is all audited and certified by Bonsucro. 

Sunday 28th September
12:00 PM
Mackay Sugar employee seriously injured at Mossman Mill
25 September 2014 | Mackay Sugar

At approximately 8.30am this morning, a male Mossman Mill employee received serious injuries to his right foot while working within the mill’s cane receival area.  More..

El Nino still 'teasing' climatalogists
25 September 2014 | Matthew Cawood

The emergence of a climatic event that can be categorised as El Nino remains as elusive as it was a month ago, but El Nino-like conditions look more likely than not to plague eastern and northern Australia through summer. More..
Farming's future shaped by generations of Australian Nuffield farm scholars
19 September 2014 | Rose Grant

The latest crop of Nuffield scholarship winners have been announced at the association's national conference in Launceston. More..
Farm leaders and research on show at National Nuffield Conference in Launceston
18 September 2014 | Sally Dakis and Rosemary Grant

The National Nuffield Conference is underway at Launceston and has attracted participants from around the country to discuss farm advocacy, best practice farming and food labelling among other things. More..
Strong Women stand tall at rural awards
18 September 2014 | Queensland Country Life

The Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) announced the winners of their coveted annual Strong Women Awards at a gala dinner at their state conference last night. More..
Farmers given ambitious targets to reduce nutrient runoff into the Great Barrier Reef
16 September 2014- Craig Zonca

Farmers along Queensland's east coast will need to halve their fertiliser runoff in the next five years to meet the water quality targets set for the Great Barrier Reef. More..
Irrigators meet to discuss solution to rising energy bills
15 September 2014- Catherine McAloon

Irrigators from around the country have met to discuss how they can cope with rising electricity prices. More..
Have you checked our Case IH Step UP! 2015 website yet?

If not, jump on nextgenstepup.com to check it out. The site will be updated as the program and speakers are confirmed. Stay tuned!
SRA's latest CaneClips

Catch up on Sugar Research Australia's (SRA) latest CaneClips on their website by clicking here.
QSL Update
26 September 2014

QSL Industry Relationship Manager, Carla Keith and Cathy Kelly have issued their latest update for week ending 26th September 2014. View..
Young farmers a dying breed
4 September 2014-Emily Smith

Looking at the rolling hills and big sky every day has 36-year-old Lindsay Penney happy he made the decision to become a farmer. More..
QSL welcomes senate inquiry into marketing arrangments
4 September 2014

Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) today welcomed the announced senate inquiry into current and future raw sugar marketing arrangements in Australia. More..
This Twenty-Something Hopes to Unleash the Next Green Revolution
29 August 2014- Andrew Jenner

In 2010, a young man on a quest for enlightenment walked into the office of Jerry Hatfield, director of the USDA’s National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa. His name was John Kempf, and he was eager to learn more about Hatfield’s plant physiology work, which deals with the complicated interactions of plants, soils and the atmosphere. More..
Proposed farm code
Dept. Housing & Public Works

To cut costs and reduce red tape for expanding farm industries, Building Codes Queensland (BCQ) in the Department of Housing and Public Works has developed a proposed new part of the Queensland Development Code (QDC) specifically for the construction of new farm buildings. More..
Creating heat and electricity on farms
2 September 2014- Brett Worthington

Australia is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to turning agricultural waste into heat and electricity, according to an international bioenergy organisation. More..
Science and Innovation Awards
Department of Agriculture

Grant applications are now open for the 2015 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. More..

Expectations rising for 32 million tonnes sugarcane crop for Australia
19 September 2014 | ASMC

With just over half of the 2014 sugarcane crop now crushed, the Australian sugar industry looks to be heading for its highest crush since 2006 with current forecasts putting the crop at about 32 million tonnes. More..
Banks commit to providing more information on rural debt
24 September 2014 | Lucy Barbour & Craig Zonca

The National Farmers' Federation says banks have agreed to start providing more detail on the extent of rural debt across Australia. More..
QUT forges pathway to new Australian biorefinery industry
22 September 2014 | QUT

Australia has a multi-billion dollar opportunity to establish a new manufacturing industry based on biorefineries to create high-value products from agricultural wastes, according to a new study commissioned by QUT, officially launched by the Federal Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP today. More..
Research into nitrogen to make fertilising easier
17 September 2014 | Steven Schubert

A research project by the CSIRO could help broadacre farmers know exactly how much nitrogen fertiliser they need to apply to their crops. More..
Rural youth reaching their potential through the Heywire network
16 September 2014- ABC Rural

For sixteen years, Heywire has been providing a platform for young Australians from rural communities to share their stories of life and the issues that face them. More..
Overcoming the real barriers to change
17 September 2014 | Sally White

For years Pip Job has worked to ensure farm families – her own included – leave a positive footprint on their land. More..
Agricultural export earnings down 7 per cent from last year in ABARES latest forecast
16 September 2014- Sarina Locke

Australian farm export earnings are forecast to fall by 7.7 per cent this financial year. More..
Boost for ag as dollar dives
15 September 2014- Mark Mulligan

The Australian dollar could be headed below US90c for the first time in six months, after a week in which softening commodity prices added to growing expectations of an early US interest rate rise to drive the greenback higher. More..
SRA Annual General Meeting

The inaugural Annual General Meeting of Sugar Research Australia Limited will be held on Wednesday, 22 October 2014 at SRA's offices commencing at 2:00pm. More..
Sydney students swap school for a week of farming
15 September 2014- Laurissa Smith

When Rabobank asked high school students how much they knew about agriculture earlier this year, their responses alarmed the rural bank. More..
Young people think outside the box to work towards a life on the land
8 September 2014- Kathleen Calderwood

Three young Central Queenslanders are working together, to get a foot in the door in agriculture. More..
Researchers encouraged to bring their best ideas to the Australian sugarcane industry 
5 September 2014

Sugar Research Australia Ltd (SRA) is calling for applications for research projects that will help build the productivity, profitability and sustainability of the Australian sugarcane industry. More..
SRA Industry Update
1 September 2014- Neil Fisher

In August the SRA Board met with our members, industry representative bodies and wider stakeholders in the Burdekin and Central regions. At a number of meetings and informal events the SRA Board heard first-hand about the issues that are of primary concern to your businesses. More..
ABC Mental As…
9 September 2014

The ABC is launching Mental As… The biggest ever cross-platform programming event conducted by the ABC, for Mental Health Week, 5-12 October 2014. More..

QSL Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) is scheduled to be held on Monday 20th October 2014 at 2:00 pm at Christie Conference Centre. More..
International Rural Women's Day
Women in Sugar Burdekin

Women in Sugar Burdekin invites you to attend the Women in Sugar Burdekin Inc International Rural Women’s Day morning tea at Swae & Ivy on October 15th at 10 am. More..
Cane growers welcome inquiry into sugar marketing changes
5 September 2014- Suzannah Baker

A Senate committee inquiry will examine the current bitter marketing battle that has divided the Australian sugar industry. More..
It's a dangerous life for men in rural and remote Australia
ABC Bush Telegraph- 2 September 2014

Living in the country is killing Australian men.

Life expectancy for men in rural and remote areas is about eight years less than for men living in cities, 72.1 years compared to 79.8. More..

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