e-Newsletter | December 2014                               

Next Gen would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and best wishes for a prosperous 2015.  

Sugar raises the bar
19 December 2014 | Melody Labinsky

Throughout the International Sugarcane Forum, a clear message was conveyed - that there have been major inroads in developing a sustainable, collaborative sugarcane industry. More..
Bundaberg Sugar invests in more energy efficient irrigators
19 December 2014 | Eliza Rogers

Sugar miller Bundaberg Sugar plans to slash its power bill and increase its crop after buying more energy efficient irrigators. More..
Federal Agriculture Minister reveals terms of reference for sugar marketing code of conduct taskforce
10 December 2014 | Suzannah Baker

The terms of reference of a new taskforce investigating a code of conduct for marketing sugar have been revealed. More..
Switched on to ag energy costs
18 December 2014 | Ashley Walmsley

A new body with a direct line to the Queensland Cabinet has been established to tackle the issue of agricultural electricity costs. More..
SRA Update
16 December 2014 | Neil Fisher

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) CEO, NEil Fisher, has issued his latest industry update. To view, please click here.
Smartcane BMP newsletter

Smartcane BMP have published their December newsletter which features a program update along with regional articles. To view, please click here.
New varieties top Sugar Research Australia's priority list as canegrowers seek productivity gains
16 December 2014 | Charlie McKillop

Sugar Research Australia has nominated developing new cane varieties as its top priority. More..
Japan Free Trade Agreement to come into force in January
16 December 2014 | Lucy Barbour

The Federal Trade Minister Andrew Robb has announced that Australia's free trade agreement with Japan will begin on January 15. More..
QSL says government intervention vital
11 December 2014 | Queensland’s sugar

marketing arrangements have suffered a market failure and need government intervention now, Queensland Sugar Limited Chief Executive Officer Greg Beashel said today. More..
Irrigators rejoice at scheme reforms
11 December 2014 | Melody Labinski

St George irrigator Scott Armstrong has described changes to eight of the State's channel irrigation schemes as "a wonderful Christmas present". More..
Global Sugar Alliance push for trade reform
8 December 2014 | Robin McConchie

Biggest trade challenge? Free trade in sugar?

Agriculture, continues to be a key challenge in the development of both multi-lateral trade agreements and bi-lateral agreements such as those between Australia and China, Australia and Japan and Australian and South Korea. More..

Case IH Step UP! 2015 welcomes new new sponsor and exhibitors

Next Gen is pleased to welcome Mackay Canegrowers on as a sponsor for Case IH Step UP! 2015 taking place at Palm Cove in March next year. 

Next Gen is also happy to announce Soils First NQ and Advanced Nutrients will be exhibiting at the event.
Farmers keen to improve water quality in the Great Barrier Reef
18 December 2014 | The Hon. Greg Hunt MP

Queensland’s cane farmers have responded enthusiastically to a call for expressions of interest in the Australian Government’s $5 million Reef Trust Tender—Wet Tropics programme. More..
Barnaby pressures big four banks
18 December 2014 | Colin Bettles

He promised a rural debt roundtable in Canberra in late September would not become a bank bashing exercise, but Barnaby Joyce's political rhetoric since then has escalated dramatically. More..
Machinery breakdowns and mass tonnage plagues Mossman Mill with problems as crushing continues
15 December 2014 | Anika Hume

Weekly machinery breakdowns and product overload have left Mossman Mill in a tonne of trouble, with more than 100,000 tonnes of sugarcane likely to go to waste as crushing continues into the wet season. More..
Renewable Energy Target uncertainty stops hydro-power project, north Queensland irrigators dissappointed
15 December 2014 | Carmen Brown

The company charged with developing a major hydro power project in north Queensland has walked away from the proposal, leaving local irrigators and graziers dissappointed. More..
QSL Market Update
15 December 2014 | Matthew Page

QSL's Treasury Analyst, Matthew Page, has released his latest market update, current as at 15 December 2014. To view, please click here.
Cane cleaning trial in the Herbert investigates ways to reduce cane loss
Phil-Anthony Patene | SRA

The Australian sugar industry has constantly sought to find a balance between effective cane cleaning and cane loss. With losses between 5-25 per cent this is a multimillion dollar cost to the Australian sugar industry. More..
Changing marijuana laws could pay off for North Queensland cane farmers
9 December 2014 |  Suzannah Baker

North Queensland cane farmers are well placed to grow marijuana if new laws are passed to allow its use for medicinal purposes. More..
2014 sugarcane crush exceeds 32 million tonnes
5 December 2014 | ASMC

Australia’s sugarcane crush for the 2014 season is drawing to a close with only four mills still to complete the processing of this year’s crop. More..
Sugar miller moves to boost production at its Queensland mills
3 December 2014 | Marty McCarthy and Charlie McKillop

Australia's third largest sugar miller has wasted no time signalling its intentions about its future in the sugar industry, with plans to boost processing at its mills in all corners of Queensland. More..
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