e-Newsletter | September 2016


Mackay Next Gen Meeting
7 October 2016 | Next Gen

When: 10th of Oct at 7:30pm
Where: at West Leagues Club, Walkerston.

Mackay Next Gen Group will be hold meeting to discuss topics such as:
  • Information about the 2017 Step Up Conference
  • Industry Training course that have been offered to the Next Gen Group, and
  • Some member of the McKay Sugar Board will be in attendance to give a company update and to answer any question. 
For more information and to RSVP contact Phil on 0417 796 468.

Grower Choice wins through
30 September 2016 | ACFA

The signing of an On-Supply Agreement (OSA) between QSL and MSF Sugar has enabled growers with a Cane Supply Agreement with MSF Sugar to choose QSL as the marketer of their Grower Economic Interest in sugar (GEI Sugar) and access QSL’s pricing products for the 2017 Season and beyond.

Ingham sugar cane growers try growing rice to improve soil health
28 September 2016| ABC

An Ingham sugar cane grower is investigating whether growing rice for the past two years has improved the soil health on his farm.

Stephen Accornero planted 6 hectares of rice in his first trial two years ago, and has since increased that to 20 hectares.

Could this be the biggest harvesting revolution since the end of hand cutting?
26 September 2016 | North Queensland Register

A Queensland company plans to revolutionise Australia’s cane harvesting operations, dramatically increasing the quality and quantity of cane reaching the mill, while driving up incomes for growers and harvesting contractors.

Mysterious syndrome destroying Queensland sugarcane forces growers to diversify
25 September 2016| ABC

A mysterious and growing scourge of Queensland sugarcane is prompting some long time canegrowers to diversify to stay afloat.


Cane Mystery
24 September 2016| ABC

A mysterious syndrome affecting sugar cane has scientists baffled.

Watch here

Landcare evolves in a time of budget cuts and political uncertainty
23 September 2016 | ABC

It's one of the longest running environmental movements and has shown a unique ability to unite the most hardened remote farmers with inner city green campaigners.


Meet the new tribe that's taking Landcare to a younger generation

30 September 2016 | ABC

A youthful evolution to an old environmental movement is changing what people think of Landcare.

Media Release: Sugar Tax
23 September 2016 | Sunshine Sugar

It was very positive to see Barnaby Joyce coming out strongly against a sugar tax.
As with most things in nutrition it's about a balance and as much about what and how much you do include as what you don't and how much exercise you have. It’s pretty simple but that's just way too sensible for some.

Sugar industry's kanaka history revealed on trip to Vanuatu
23 September 2016 | ABC

A group of volunteers helping improve a hospital in remote Vanuatu have discovered an unsettling link to Australia's cane-farming history.

Local irrigation scheme boards backed by farmers
15 September 2016 | North Queensland Register

Queensland farmers have welcomed the board appointments of the eight local management irrigation schemes by the State Government.


Irrigated agriculture in Australia now worth more than $15 billion
15 September 2016 | ABC

The value of irrigated agricultural production in Australia has hit more than $15 billion.

Figures released by the Bureau of Statistics this week show that in 2014-15, the Gross Value of Irrigated Agricultural Production (GVIAP) rose by 3 per cent, or $509 million.

Rainfall Statistics
7 October 2016 | Weatherzone

Town Oct (mm) YTD (mm) 
Mossman 84 1625.6
Mareeba 7.6 410.2
Innisfail 21.8 2638.8
Ingham 5.5 1717.2
Ayr 0 460.6
Proserpine 1.2 1190.4
Mackay 1.8 1340.4
Bundaberg 2.4 780.4
Maryborough 8.2 730.4
Beenleigh 16.8 528.6
Murwillumbah 3 1254.2
Ballina 2.8 1113.6
Yamba 2.4 983.4
Weekly Rainfall Update Link

Farmonline Weather and Climate

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

Qld places second in young farmer challenge
12 October 2016 | Queensland Country Life

Victoria has edged out Queensland has placed second in a nail biting finish at the Australian Young Farmers Challenge.

A spirited awardee and a newbie
20 September 2016 | Echo

You might have heard about the blue gin that turns pink. But have you heard about the rum that is produced in the same northern rivers distillery?

The rum is also different. ‘Ninety-nine per cent of rum is made from molasses'

AgCatalyst - Creating opportunities for agriculture and food
September 2016 | AgCatalyst

When: 5 - 6 Dec 2016
Where: Australian Technology Park, Sydney, NSW

Register your interest to attend by 10 October, 2016.

Sugar Industry Calendar

Upcoming Events here

30 September 2016 | QSL

QSL Update
Your overview of QSL news and information, week ending 23 September 2016 Link
QSL Monthly Market Report
QSL's overview of recent raw sugar market activity and what lies ahead current as at 6 September 2016 Link

Market Snapshot
Current as at 30 September 2016 Link

QSL has finalised its On-Supply Agreement (OSA) with MSF Sugar, ushering in a new era of Marketing Choice for Queensland cane growers.
30 September 2016 | QSL

Announcing the finalisation of the OSA contract today, QSL CEO Greg Beashel said the new agreement enabled growers with a Cane Supply Agreement with MSF Sugar to choose QSL as the marketer of their Grower Economic Interest in sugar (GEI Sugar) and access QSL’s pricing products for the 2017 Season and beyond.


Position Available: Grower Relationship Officer - Burdekin
7 October 2016 | QSL

An opportunity exists to join QSL’s Supplier Relations team as a Grower Relationship Officer (GRO). This role has a strong client engagement focus, with ongoing responsibilities to build enduring, trustedrelationships with cane growers in the Burdekin region.

SRA research cracks the mystery on Chlorotic Streak Disease 
26 September 2016 | SRA

Researchers at Sugar Research Australia (SRA) have made a major breakthrough in determining the cause of a sugarcane disease that has remained a mystery for 87 years.


Chlorotic streak disease breakthrough
26 September 2016 | North Queensland Register

Researchers have made a major breakthrough in determining the cause of a sugarcane disease that has remained a mystery for 87 years.

Biggest Queensland cane harvest in 10 years faces weather delays
26 September 2016 | Courier Mail

Queensland canegrowers are looking forward to their biggest crop in a decade, but wet weather is threatening to stymie efforts to get the harvest to mills.

Augmented reality finding new fans on Queensland farms
23 September 2016| ABC

The Pokemon Go craze is bringing augmented reality games into the mainstream.

And now it is making its way on to farms.

Impact Fertilisers and Dr Ken Peverill recognised in Fertilizer Industry Environment Awards
21 September 2016 | Fertilizer Australia

Impact Fertilisers and Dr Ken Peverill were presented with Environment Awards, by Yvonne Harz-Pitre from the International Fertilizer Association at the Australian Fertilizer Industry Conference gala dinner in Cairns. The Platypus Award recognises Impact Fertilisers leadership role in the successful north Queensland fertilizer bag recovery pilot project.

Supporting farmers in reef catchments
19 September 2016 | Queensland Country Life

Growcom had the pleasure of attending the Rural Press Club of Queensland's lunch this month which focused on farming alongside the Great Barrier Reef.


Videos celebrate cane’s reef commitment
21 September 2016 | Queensland Country Life

A video competition has shone a bright and proud spotlight on the efforts of sugarcane farmers to safeguard the Great Barrier Reef.

Crush Statistics
Week Ending 2 October 2016
Week  Mill Crush (t) % CSS
Date STD Week STD
2/10/16 Mossman 614,284 11.84 11.41
2/10/16 Tableland 601,738 14.28 13.11
2/10/16 Mulgrave 874,995 11.26 10.78
2/10/16 Sth Johnstone 857,601 11.8 11
7/10/16 Tully 1,672,322 12.45 11.85
1/10/16 Victoria 1,578,902 12.64 11.87
1/10/16 Mackande 738,751
1/10/16 Invicta 1,705,534 14.99 13.68
1/10/16 Pioneer 961,796 14.96 13.62
1/10/16 Kalamia 890,386 14.17 13.05
1/10/16 Inkerman 971,018 14.38 13.25
2/10/16 Proserpine 878,596 12.85 12.58
2/10/16 Mackay 2,836,680 13.28 12.54
1/10/16 Plane Creek 659,619 13.24 12.77
1/10/16 Bundaberg 1,095,214 14.45 13.72
  Isis n/a    
30/09/16 Maryborough 533,713 14.59 13.51
  Rocky Point n/a    
2/10/16 Harwood 460,480 12.47 11.75
2/10/16 Broadwater 549,406 11.66 11.26
2/10/16 Condong 339,270 12.34 11.64
TOTAL 18,820,305      

New guide to managing risks of carcinogenic chemicals in the workplace
23 September 2016 | Safe Work Austraklia

Safe Work Australia has published a Guide to Managing Risks of Exposure to Carcinogens in the Workplace. The guide provides information on how to manage health and safety risks associated with the storage, handling, use and disposal of chemical carcinogens in the workplace

Register shows who owns our land
7 September 2016 | George Christensen MP

The first report from the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land was released by the Liberal National Government today. I have long been an advocate for the register and this report provides the basic transparency needed to ensure oversight and confidence in agricultural investment.

Call for Papers: 2017 Conference
21 September 2016 | ASSCT

The Annual Conference and Industry Equipment Exhibition of the Society will be held at:

Sugar Week begins Tuesday 2nd May 2017
and includes the
ASSCT conference (Wed 3rd-Fri 5th May)
Theme: Our vision, our future

The submission deadline for outlines of papers, poster papers and extended abstracts for the 2017 Annual Conference is 21st October 2016.

National Biological Farming Conference and Expo: Pay Dirt Wet Tropics Soilcare, SoilCare Inc and Terrain Natural Resource Management

Registrations now open for the 
$350 plus GST

2017 Science and Innovation Awards
September 2016 | Australian Government

Grant applications are now open! Applications are now open for the 2017 Science Awards.  If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 (inc GST) to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. 

Push to grow young SA farmers
3 October 2016 | Australian Government

Young farmers are being actively pursued by the state’s agriculture sector as it develops new programs to attract the “brightest and the best” and pull down the average age of primary producers.

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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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