e-Newsletter | January 2017


3 February 2017 | QSL

QSL Weekly Update
Your overview of QSL news and information, week ending 27 January 2016 Link
QSL Monthly Market Report
QSL's overview of recent raw sugar market activity and what lies ahead current as at 10 January 2017 Link

Market Snapshot
Current as at 3 February 2017 Link

QSL Weekly Marketing Update
Current as at 30 January 2017 Link

Cane families pay price of contract dispute
1 February 2017 | North Queensland Register

“It’s about the small businesses contributing to the economies of Queensland’s regional areas, that supply the eight Wilmar sugar mills,” Mr Galligan said. 

“Without them, their hard work and capital, there is no sugar industry in Queensland. This drawn-out process is taking its toll.”


1,500 Queensland farmers with lives and businesses on hold
1 February 2017 | CANEGROWERS

Peak sugarcane farming organisation CANEGROWERS is urging Wilmar Sugar, QSL, the Queensland Government and the community to remember that 1,500 mostly family farming businesses are at the heart of the current impasse over contracts for the 2017 season.

Millers reject threat of 'sugar strike' and more federal intervention as marketing divide deepens
1 February 2017 | ABC

The Australian Sugar Milling Council has labelled talk of a sugar strike as disappointing, and threats of more government intervention in the ongoing marketing dispute as "unhelpful".

Range of products earmarked from Far North sugar cane stalk
1 February 2017| Herald Sun

Pharmaceuticals, plastics and even cosmetics products could soon be created from the humble Far Northern sugarcane stalk.

MSF Sugar, which owns the Tablelands, Mulgrave and South Johnstone sugar mills, is already turning its attention towards electricity production.

Sunshine Sugar Training Local Youth
1 February 2017 | Sunshine Sugar

As a proactive supporter of employment-based learning for local youth, Sunshine Sugar takes on multiple apprentices and trainees across its three sites each year.

Drought Statement
3 February 2017 | BoM

No Drought Statement was issued this month. An update on recent conditions is available on the Bureau's website.
  • Rainfall was very much above average for Western Australia, the Northern Territory and South Australia during January
  • January rainfall was below average east of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria and southeastern New South Wales, as well as other patches of New South Wales and southeastern Queensland
  • Areas of rainfall deficiencies persist at three and four-month timescales in southeast Queensland and pockets of coastal New South Wales

Bureau of Meteorology forecasts drier than average three months in eastern Australia
27 January 2017 | ABC

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) is forecasting February to April rainfall is likely to be below average in much of eastern Australia and above average in parts of the north-west and the northern NT.

New Hope Group backs Australian agriculture, plans to invest $1b by 2020
2 February 2017 | ABC

Chinese investment in Australian agriculture is usually a magnet for controversy, but one Chinese company has remained immune from criticism, with plans to invest $1 billion by the end of the decade.

Momentum and commitment needed to make multi-peril a reality
17 January 2017 | Queensland Country Life

As if almost like clockwork, during the lead-in to every new year’s cropping season there is the inevitable discussion about crop insurance, in particular multi-peril crop insurance (MPCI). For many in the agricultural sector, the prospect of an attractive and affordable multi-peril insurance product is nothing more than an ‘old chestnut’ rolled time and time again.

Rainfall Statistics
3 Februaryy 2017 | Weatherzone

Town Feb (mm) YTD (mm
Mossman 137.6 544.8
Mareeba 21.4 299.6
Innisfail 88 1161
Ingham 48 271.1
Ayr 23 257.8
Proserpine 21.4 605
Mackay 10 617.4
Bundaberg 0 56.4
Maryborough 0 16
Beenleigh 0 145.6
Murwillumbah 0 203
Ballina 0 90.8
Yamba 0 268
Weekly Rainfall Update Link

Farmonline Weather and Climate

News & Updates, Warnings, Rainfall Forecasts, Drought Report, and Resources.

AgChem Conference: Chemical Safety, Dangerous Goods and How to Comply with the Globally Harmonised System (GHS)

14th March 2017. Oakwood Apartments. Brisbane, Australia

Click to view full brochure

Climate Adaptation Workshop

"We're also partnering with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to run a Climate Adaptation Workshop in Bundaberg, 21 February.  Presentations from climate scientists on regional climate change impacts and climate risk methodology..."

Sugar Industry Calendar

Upcoming Events here

November | Next Gen

Tickets to Case IH Step UP! 2017 are now available through our event website, HOWEVER, we only have a limited number of tickets available so get in quick to avoid missing out!

New Strategic Plan Consultation: Let’s hear your thoughts
January 2017 | SRA

SRA is seeking levy payer and industry stakeholder input into the future direction of SRA and the development of its new Strategic Plan.

You are invited to share your views and have input into our planning process either through attendance at an upcoming Regional Forum, completing our online survey or by providing us with a written submission.

Click to view full-sized poster:

SRA appoints Executive Manager, Technology
25 January 2017 | SRA

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has announced the appointment of Dr Frikkie Botha to lead its research division, filling the pivotal role of Executive Manager, Technology, within the industry-owned company.


SRA welcomes new engineer to harvest efficiency team
25 January 2017 | SRA

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has added new engineering expertise to its team that is working with the Australian sugarcane industry to improve the efficiency of the harvest.

Chemical free water treatment cleans up Thai sugarcane processing
31 January 2017 | Foodmag

Computer-generated frequencies are being charged through wastewater to help sugarcane-processing plants in Thailand meet environmental standards.

Hydrosmart is a South Australian company that uses a unique water treatment process to improve water quality without the addition of chemicals.

Scientists hope wetland carbon storage experiment is everyone's cup of tea
3 February 2017 | The Guardian

Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world. They are hoping others will sacrifice a few cups of tea and join in to discover how efficient different wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide.


Natural solution restores critical wetlands in Queensland's cane country
22 January 2017 | ABC

Critical wetlands on farms in north Queensland's Burdekin region are being revived by drying them out and allowing nature to once again take its course.

Fang’s Chilli Sauce director wants Far North farmers to change crops
30 January 2017 | Cairns Post

Cane farmers in the Far North could have another crop option up their sleeve with the Cairns-based Fang’s Chilli Sauce factory on the hunt for locally-grown ingredients.

Sweet success in Queensland could crack the world chocolate shortage
29 January 2017 | Brisbane Times

Rather than throwing away nature's chocolate wrapper Queensland scientists may be able to use them to solve the world's chocolate shortage.


Far North Queensland cacao industry to benefit from harvest research
30 January 2017 | Queensland Country Life

A Far North Queensland cocoa grower says new harvest research will help boost yields in the industry.

Gerard Puglisi grows two hectares of cocoa on his property at Mossman. 

India likely to need higher sugar imports, says leading refiner
25 January 2017 | Reuters

India's sugar production is likely to be lower than government estimates this season, raising the possibility of higher imports by the world's biggest consumer of the sweetener, the chief executive of leading Indian refiner Shree Renuka Sugars told Reuters.

Tougher quad bike laws introduced, but debate continues about safety issues
1 February 2017 | ABC

Children under the age of eight in Queensland have been banned from riding as passengers on quad bikes and wearing helmets made mandatory on roads and stock routes under a shake-up of state's traffic laws.


National ATV Safety Conference – 30 & 31 March 2017

The aim of the 2017 National ATV Safety Conference is to raise awareness of ATV safety and bring together all stakeholders from end users, industry groups, regulators, ATV trainers, Manufacturers and Government Department heads in the interest of discussing the following topics:

Support for farmers in the Great Barrier Reef catchment
1 February 2017 | The Morning Bulletin

The Queensland Government announced in Rockhampton on Monday it will boost extension and support for farmers to improve farm practices in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments.

Tender Demonstration Workshop

For more information on this project and how to apply, please visit the website: or contact NQ Dry Tropics on  0417 024 818 or

Click to view full brochure

What’s your farm safety story?
25 January 2017 | Australian Farmers

Inaugural farm safety student video competition for high school and university or agriculture college students aged between 13 and 21: Primary Industries Health and Safety Partnership

Fight the power! Farmer takes energy into his own hands
18 January 2017 | News Mail

Power prices are pushing many cane growers to the edge. With the battle against rising prices and the threat of tariffs striking fear into many, some irrigators are taking long term action to mitigate the impact of costly electricity.

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The views or opinions expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect  the views or opinions of Australian Cane Farmers Association Ltd or the Next Gen program.


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