National soil information system proving vital to agriculture’s future

Nurturing the food we eat and the plants we grow and for the animals native to our land soil is a fundamental pillar in the sustainability, productivity and growth of our agricultural industries. What might seem like simple dirt to many, is the key component to maintaining a strong agricultural industry and thriving rural and […]

Sugar industry says farewell to dedicated QSL leader

CANEGROWERS has wished long-time Queensland Sugar Limited (QSL) chief executive Greg Beashel a wonderful retirement following today’s announcement that he would step down from the role of CEO and Managing Director on 30 June 2024. “Greg has been a tremendous servant to the industry during his time with QSL, especially while being in the top […]

Record number apply for cotton industry leadership program

Participants have been revealed for the 2024 Australia Future Cotton Leaders Program (AFCLP) after a record number of talented individuals applied for the prestigious opportunity. Organisers were presented with a challenge when 46 people applied, resulting in the extension of the participant number from 15 to 16 (see list below) due to the quality of […]

Veratin partners with vegetablesWA to develop its soil fertiliser supplement further

Veratin Limited, a stock market listed multi-industry manufacturer with a suite of sustainable high-quality products has announced that it has signed a trial partnership agreement with vegetablesWA (“Partnership”) to perform demonstrations and trials with vegetable growers in Western Australia. Veratin partnership with vegetablesWA will include performing demonstrations and trials with WA vegetable growers to look […]

United States certifies irradiation for horticulture trade pathways

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has certified Australia’s Steritech Merrifield irradiation facility for the export of horticulture produce with approved irradiation trade pathways to the United States. Acting Head of Trade at the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Nicola Hinder said US approval of the Merrifield facility in Victoria was an […]

Correction on forecasts called by ABARES as La Nina retreats and El Nino looms

The overall value of the agriculture sector is set to contract by 14% in 2023-24 due to drier-than-normal conditions after three record harvests during wetter conditions La Nina years. Executive Director of ABARES Dr Jared Greenville said the reduction was to be expected after the records broken in the past three years. “The value of […]

Have your say on the National Soil Action Plan

Public consultation is now open on Australia’s first national action plan on soil. First Assistant Secretary of Portfolio Strategy and Climate Policy at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, Nick Blong, invited all stakeholders across the broad range of sectors supporting healthy soils to have their say and help shape the final action plan. […]

Growing the vegetable industry has revealed a $4.7 billion increase in value

The Australian vegetable industry has grown significantly by taking advantage of changes in consumer incomes and tastes. ABARES Executive Director, Dr Jared Greenville said their latest research shows that vegetable industry growth has significantly outpaced the overall agricultural sector over the past five decades. “The vegetable sector has seen growth through a shift toward higher […]

Why it is important to containing lumpy skin disease outbreak in Indonesia

Australia stands at the ready to assist Indonesia following the confirmed detection of lumpy skin disease there. Indonesia notified the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) of detection of lumpy skin disease in cattle across 31 villages in Riau Province. The Federal Government says it will examine all available options to contain the spread of […]