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WELCOME TO THE SEPTEMBER 2019 ISSUE OF 'CANE NEWS'


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DATE CLAIMERS
 
September
Friday 20th            Proserpine Young Farmers info night: Grand Central Hotel, Proserpine, 5.30pm
Tuesday 24th        Agricultural Innovation Masterclass: Grand View Hotel, Bowen, 9am to 4pm
Tuesday 24th        Wilmar Crushing update: Whitsunday Gold, Bruce Highway Proserpine, 4.30 to 6.30pm

November
Friday 22nd           SSP & Canegrowers Proserpine 2018/19 AGM: Hotel Metropole
 
                               
2019 CRUSH UPDATE

Proserpine’s 2019 crushing season passed the halfway mark during the week. While Wilmar revised the crop down to 1.58 million tonnes in early August, the crop is currently cutting around 98% of original estimate. Week 12 (ending 14 September) should end on around 830,000 tonnes, or 51% of the crop harvested.

Despite the early wet weather interruption and several days of unscheduled stops to address mechanical issues, the mill currently remains on track to complete the crush by 11 November.

CCS this year has been a bit of a mixed bag. Initial supply was affected by the unexpected heavy rain in July. However, since mid-August, CCS has been trending higher each week giving some hope the district will exceed a seasonal average of 14 units before completion.

Average CCS for the current week sits at 14.41 which has lifted the season-to-date average to just on 13.50. If the dry conditions continue, CCS should exceed the Collective’s interim payment CCS (the 5-year rolling average of 14.25).

Average bin weight for the season is currently 9.28 tonnes and has been slowly improving as harvesters encounter younger classes of cane and more favourable field conditions.

CANEGROWERS continues to conduct weekly audits of the weighbridge and laboratory with no abnormalities identified. The tippler is cleaned regularly, however last Wednesday’s clean was a credit to staff responsible.

The old NIR unit is still providing data and oversight to the lab with cut-over to a new state-of-the art NIR expected in either Week 13 or 14.

The mill’s next scheduled maintenance day is Wednesday, 25 September.

RATOON STUNING DISEASE UPDATE
Over the course of the last few months SSP has been collecting juice samples from paddocks throughout the district to test for RSD. The first round of tests was conducted purely at random and targeted older ratoons. In the first round of tests several positive results were obtained. The seed source of the positive blocks was then tested, and further positive results obtained. At this stage a survey of the district was planned, and testing commenced.  It was decided to target larger growers who never, or occasionally collected clean seed from the SSP plots. The results of the testing can be seen in the table below.

                                            

 

The incidence of the disease found on farms tested in the survey is slightly higher than the overall figure. This could be explained by the fact that the overall figures included some growers who regularly get clean seed. From a district point of view, it would be fair to say that we are looking at 10 -15 % farms having one or more blocks infected with the disease.

Now is a timely reminder to all growers that harvester sterilisation is of paramount importance and that all growers need to seriously consider their clean seed requirements in the coming year.

Clean planting material is the only way to get on top of the disease. SSP is planning to have a seed source testing programme in the New Year when the cane is a minimum of six months of age.

For further information please contact Frank or Laurie at SSP.

WEED SMART WEEK - EMERALD, 2019

WeedSmart is a national initiative promoting long term sustainability of herbicide use. Recently WeedSmart ran WeedSmart Week in Emerald, a 3-day event providing practical information about controlling weeds. Day one was a forum with speakers talking about a range of herbicide issues and experiences. Among the presentations were talks on herbicide resistance, optical spraying, using drones to develop weed maps and green-on-green camera spraying. Technology is moving fast and autonomous weed control will be common in the near future. 

Day two included several farm tours. Don Sampson demonstrated his 70-foot blade plow which he is using in conjunction with other weed tactics such as chemicals to kill herbicide resistant and hard to kill weeds. It is interesting how farmers who have been moving towards zero till farming systems are now turning to some level of tillage in the fight against herbicide resistance.

At the final stop Alex Olsen from Autoweed demonstrated green-on-green camera spraying technology. This technology allows spray nozzles to be turned on and off as particular weeds are detected. Thousands of photos of target weeds are collected and labelled and this information is fed into the computer system allowing the cameras to detect the difference between weed and non-weed species. This technology will be very useful for spot spraying. Compared to applying a blanket spray, this technology can reduce chemical usage dramatically. Many companies are working on this technology, however, Autoweed are making a system which can be retrofitted to the sprayer you already have, rather than having to purchase a whole new boom. 

On day three we visited Swarm Farm Robotics at Gindie. Swarm Farm has a range of commercialised autonomous vehicles which can perform tasks such as spraying. We watched an autonomous vehicle spraying weeds and had the run down on how it worked and what the technology can do. Swarm Farm also demonstrated the mechanical Weed Chipper which also uses WEEDit technology but instead of spraying weeds with herbicide it digs them out with a tyne. Swarm Farm has a swarm of other autonomous vehicles which are used both commercially and for research purposes. These vehicles are now available for lease and are being used across a range of industries including broad acre cropping, horticulture and turf farms.

Find out more about Weed Smart here: https://weedsmart.org.au/

PROSERPINE YOUNG FARMERS GROUP

A group of young people in the Proserpine area have started ‘Proserpine Young Farmers’ (PYF) a group where young people involved and interested in the agriculture industry can get together to share ideas, learn from one another and get out and about to see new things. Make sure you like their Facebook page “Proserpine Young Farmers” (https://www.facebook.com/proserpineyoungfarmers/) where they will share photos, videos and info about interesting things they see and learn.

The group will be holding an info night at Grand Central Hotel, Proserpine Friday 20th September from 5.30pm (nibbles included, RSVP to Molly 0439 619 082). All ages can come along to find out what PYF is all about and what they will be getting up to. However, if you are interested in becoming a member and coming along to farm tours and other events we hold, you need to be under 40!
                                                                                              

       
PRODUCTIVITY UNIT INCREASES CAPACITY WITH NEW APPOINTMENTS

             

                                                   Christine Peterson - Smartcane BMP Facilitator


Christine Peterson started with Sugar Services Proserpine in 2016, after having held the BMP Facilitator role with CANEGROWERS Proserpine since 2013.  Christine had previously worked for the Proserpine Cane Protection and Productivity Board and then BSES in both the Proserpine and Burdekin districts.

Her previous roles included farm resource planning, water use efficiency and change management systems (controlled traffic farming). Christine has also been involved with natural resource management as Catchment Coordinator, working with Whitsunday Catchment Landcare and Reef Catchments on pest control projects, sustainable farming, native vegetation management, water quality, and property planning and rehabilitation.

Christine can be contacted on 0429 467 615 or Christine.peterson@sugarpros.com.au.

 

 

                                                                         SRA Proserpine Adoption Officer Molly O'Dea


Earlier this year, SRA has welcomed Molly O’Dea to their adoption team. Molly is from South Australia, where she grew up on a Merino sheep and broadacre cropping farm. She completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at The University of Adelaide and brings to the team a keen interest in agriculture, teaching and adoption.  Molly is based in Proserpine, where she will be working closely with the Sugar Services Proserpine team and is continuing the 'pathways to water quality improvement in the Myrtle Creek sub-catchment' program started by SRA in 2018.
 
Molly can be contacted on 0439 619 082, by email: mo'dea@sugarresearch.com.au or by visiting the Sugar Services Proserpine office.

JOURNEY TOWARDS BETTER SOIL HEALTH

Terrain NRM has invested in a series of videos and published them online to share the journey toward better soil health and useful ground cover, embraced by growers located in the Wet Tropics.

These videos are narrated by agroecologist David Hardwick and sugar cane farmers who have spent countless hours of research, trials and dollars to fine tune what works for their business. Of course, this is an ongoing journey. SRA is also hard at work to produce a soil health toolkit for the industry, looking at the effect of various cover crop mixes in different farm systems, regions and soil types.

While the Wet Tropics have a higher annual rainfall, the distribution of this rainfall through the year is similar to the Proserpine area. There is no or little irrigation available and they experience extended periods of drought with no to little rainfall until the next wet season. The timing and intensity of the heavy wet seasons can also prevent going in and doing any fallow work – for example this last summer many growers could not get in to plant their cover crops. Timing for cover crop termination is also important and can depend on the weather. If you own cattle, it is a good idea to graze your cover crops, unless you intend on harvesting a cash crop (rice or other).

With the context set, we would like you to hear directly from these growers, who have farmed conventionally light to heavy soils. Why does cover cropping and soil health matters to the profitability of their enterprise, lifestyle, and what steps should be considered to improve soils for long term returns. Keeping in mind that each farm, paddock and system is different, each farmer has different goals, as part of our soil health awareness program in the district, we will be facilitating the uptake of cover cropping by providing agronomist advice, baseline assessments, one-on-one extension, site monitoring and peer to peer learning. There is already a group of local growers giving it a go this year and we will be keeping track of their experience. Are you interested? If so, SSP would like to hear from you. Our goal is to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability of the local industry, and we believe that a core group of early adopters is needed to further investigate this topic (and put economics behind it).

In this first video of 7 minutes “Cover cropping: Getting your cover crop strategy right”, the different strategies for fallow management are explained by cane growers, using cover crops and particularly mixed species cover cropping. This video answers the basic question: what’s in it for your soil and ultimately for you? 

The next video titled Minimum Tillage: How to save dollars and improve soil health using minimum till” is also of 7 minutes. It focuses on minimum tillage and land preparation with a strong focus on the role of cover crops in this system. Various strategies to manage termination and crop residues are also explained, as well as how they go about planting (using bed renovators,  double disc openers planters, etc). Importantly you can watch implements designed and used by these growers. The goal is to improve soil structure, reduce compaction (a major driver for yield loss), increase root volume and density, reduce time cost of land preparation, wear and tear, reduce waterlogging in the wet times while improving soil moisture and nutrient retention in the dry times. This video is full of useful tips from growers willing to share knowledge with others, so you can learn from their journey and results.

Soil health is a vast topic, but there are a few simple things that we know for sure will improve soil health and crop growth:

  1. Having the right soil pH (often the soil is too acidic because the problem was never addressed): this is fixed by lime applications based on a soil test early in the fallow. Ideally. You need to maintain a pH of 6.5 (and not be below 5.5) for fertiliser to work and cane to grow to its potential. If the soil is too acidic, this also effect soil biology including inoculants used on nitrogen fixing legumes such as soybeans, cowpeas etc.
  2. Increasing soil organic carbon – this will reduce the need for urea in your fertiliser blend, thus reducing your fertiliser bill. Soil organic carbon in its long term form is like a sponge holding nutrients, reducing leaching, and improving both drainage and moisture retention.
  3. Nutrient cycling: this is achieved by having life in your soils: microbes, fungi, soil fauna such as earthworms (and many others). When bugs move and poop in the paddock, that’s fertiliser for your crops! In particular, decomposer fungi and mycorrhizal fungi are important but because tillage damages them, a change in land preparation strategy may be advised such as zonal tillage, controlled traffic and light bed renovation prior to plant cane (as you can see from the videos, cover crops tend to make ground preparation a lot easier allowing for new options, and less time in the paddock).
  4. Mixed species cover crops in the fallow can promote all of the above and change the properties of your soil for the better. The roots of some cover crops (for instance, sunflowers) can also host bacteria that help mine phosphorus otherwise locked in the soil, and from deep in the subsoil make it available in the topsoil. Each paddock should have a customised strategy, as there is no such thing as a single answer to a complex problem. Each species play a different role.
  5. With soil pH being too acidic in the majority of the district, and overall declining yields, it is a good idea to conduct soil testing and try rectify the problem. This is not just for legislation purposes! Liquid lime, granulated lime and mill mud are often talked about but generally cannot have the desired pH correction effect due to low neutralizing value and inappropriate application rates. Superfine lime or lime (calcium carbonate) with a  high neutrlaising value is needed.  The only cost effective and efficient way to lift your soil pH is to apply lime from the truck, broadcast of banded, early in the fallow as it takes 6 months to start working well. If your soil test finds a deficiency in silica, then opt for a “blend 3” which is 35% calcium and 13% silica. Also, at low pH, aluminium, cadmium and other metals become soluble and toxic for our crops. This is a problem already found in the district.
  6. Providing balanced nutrition (plant available silicon, copper, zinc, calcium etc) is also key to growing a good cane crop, properly equipped against pests, diseases and extreme weather conditions. Mill mud at 100t wet/ha will provide about 4kg/ha of copper and zinc. We have found many paddocks which are deficient and require 10 kg/ha of each. It is an extra expense and headache to try and incorporate these with fertiliser blends. Being metals, they are immobile and should be ideally incorporated at plant.
  7. Calcium to magnesium ratio: if you do not apply enough calcium, and magnesium starts becoming too predominant in the soil solution, this will have negative effect on your soil structure (hard crusting) and prevent sugar cane from taking up the right nutrients.
We thank Terrain NRM and their speakers for their work in the videos. SSP is committed to promote and support soil health and cover cropping in the district. Please contact us for more information and keep an eye out for the next newsletter for further information.
NEW WEBSITE FOR SUGAR SERVICES PROSERPINE
SSP has a new website!

Please check it out and let us know what you think – good or bad.
The website is still a work in progress and we will continue to add content which is relevant to you.
You can find the website at:
www.sugarpros.com.au
BIOSECURITY PLANNING TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY
If an unauthorised person enters your property, call the police on 000 if it is an emergency or PoliceLink on 131 444 if there is no immediate threat. Nobody should ever enter anyone else’s property unless they have been given permission, are authorised under legislation or a contract, or have a valid reason. A valid reason includes emergency services for emergency situations and essential service organisations to maintain safe and reliable services. Unauthorised entry at places where animals are kept can pose biosecurity risks. This includes the spread of diseases from infected people to animals and the spread of diseases and pests carried on people (e.g. clothing, footwear), vehicles or equipment moving onto a property.

An amendment to Queensland biosecurity regulation came into effect on 26 April 2019 to address potential biosecurity risks of unauthorised entry to places where animals are kept. Under the amendment, anybody that enters your property must comply with your biosecurity management plan when they enter or leave and while they are on your property.

To support the security of your property under this regulation, primary producers are encouraged to:
  • ensure you are registered as a biosecurity entity with Biosecurity Queensland
  • have an up-to-date biosecurity management plan in place for your property that aligns to the biosecurity regulation:
  • If you already have a biosecurity plan in place, a checklist is available to support you in upgrading this plan to ensure it aligns to the legislation.
  • If you don’t have a plan in place, a template for developing a biosecurity management plan which aligns to the regulation is available from Animal Health Australia
place a sign at the front gate and other access points that:
  • advises a biosecurity management plan is in place
  • tells visitors how they can contact you during business hours
  • keep all doors, gates and other entry points locked when staff are not present
  • keep records of audits, staff training and biosecurity procedures up-to-date and at hand
  • consider installing security measures such as CCTV video surveillance
  • carefully consider applicants and terms of employment before hiring new staff.
Biosecurity management plan property signs

If you have a biosecurity management plan for your property, we recommended that you erect signs near or at entrances to management areas on your property to alert visitors of their biosecurity obligations. For example, visitors may need to follow rules about the use of wash down stations for footwear and vehicles, or stay away from some areas. It is an offence for someone entering, being present on, or leaving a management area on your property to not to comply with the biosecurity management plan for your property.

Download an approved sign. If you prefer, you may make your own sign. Suggested dimensions of the sign are 900mm x 600mm. For more information call us on 13 25 23.
SMARTCANE REACHES THE TON! 100,000 ha ACCREDITED
Since 2014, Smartcane BMP has been working with cane farmers across Queensland to record and verify their practice improvements. This has helped set the record straight and secure growers’ reputation as stewards of the land. BMP Smartcane focuses on three core modules, so growers can become accredited and be independently recognised for their management of soil health and nutrients, irrigation and drainage, and weeds, pests and diseases. Becoming accredited in these modules remains the gold standard for Smartcane BMP and we’ll continue to focus on supporting growers to assess their practices, and collect and collate farm records and other required evidence to achieve accreditation.

With support from the Queensland Government, Smartcane BMP’s target is for 92% of the cane area in the Wet Tropics Region to be benchmarked and 51 per cent accredited by 2022. At June 2019, growers had already benchmarked 82 per cent of the cane area while 40 per cent had passed an accreditation audit. The Burdekin region paints a very similar picture, while the Mackay-Whitsunday region is almost halfway to its accreditation target with growers on a waiting list for independent third party auditors to become available.

Proserpine currently has 15 accredited growers covering just over 4000 hectares, with more growers nearing the audit-ready stage.

Congratulations to our latest accredited growers: Vella Farming Co.; Salisbury Plains Grazing and Wilmar Sugar Australia (Gibson Creek).

To discuss Smartcane BMP, please contact Christine Peterson – 4945 0516.
                                                                                                                                 
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WILMAR LAUNCHES BONUS PROGRAM FOR 2020
Wilmar has stepped up its competitive offer for GEI sugar nominations with a new bonus program. The 2020 Nomination and Referral Bonus Program offers cash bonuses for new GEI marketing nominations and referrals. 

The innovative offer provides:
  • Bonuses for nominations from new GEI marketing customers
  • Bonuses for increased nominations from existing customers
  • Bonuses for a person or organisation who refers a new GEI marketing customer to Wilmar
  • Rewards for GEI marketing customers who nominated Wilmar in 2019 and again in 2020
The bonuses and rewards are funded by Wilmar, not pools or other growers. Grower Marketing and Pricing Manager PJ Gileppa says the program gives growers even more reasons to choose Wilmar’s highly competitive market offering.

“Wilmar is proud of its position as an innovator in the grower pricing, pooling and marketing space. We offer a highly competitive range of products and services delivered by an expert team. Growers who market with us value the personalised, face-to-face service our consultants provide,” he said. “The bonus program provides an additional incentive for growers to exercise their marketing choice and give Wilmar a go in 2020.”

For new GEI marketing customers, it means they could receive a Nomination Bonus of up to $2 a tonne on all GEI tonnes nominated to Wilmar in 2020. The person or organisation who refers that grower to Wilmar is eligible for a Referral Bonus of the same value. Referrers may choose to donate their Referral Bonus to a charity or community organisation of their choice, and Wilmar is happy to facilitate this.

For more information about Wilmar’s 2020 Nomination and Referral Bonus Program, please call your local Grower Marketing Consultant, Angus McKerrow on 0419 238 536.

                                                       
QSL SEPTEMBER UPDATE
QSL Reminder: Important QSL pricing dates ahead
By Bryce Wenham, QSL Executive Manager Supplier Relations and Systems

September brings a number of important dates for QSL Growers with uncompleted 2019-Season grower-managed pricing, as well as those considering nominating tonnage to QSL’s 2020 Early-Start Actively Managed Pool and/or 2020 Self-Managed Harvest.
 
2019-SEASON PRODUCT DEADLINES:
  • 2019 QSL INDIVIDUAL FUTURES CONTRACT: The Pricing Completion Date for the Individual Futures Contract’s October 2019 contract is 16 September 2019.  Any tonnes remaining unpriced beyond this date will be priced by QSL at the next market opportunity.
  • 2019 QSL SELF-MANAGED HARVEST: The Pricing Completion Date for the Self-Managed Harvest’s October 2019 contract is 23 September 2019. Any tonnes remaining unpriced beyond this date will be priced by QSL at the next market opportunity.
  • 2019 QSL TARGET PRICE CONTRACT: Growers who have unpriced 2019-Season tonnes in the QSL Target Price Contract will have these automatically rolled forward after 20 September 2019 and costs may apply. These costs are not a charge imposed by QSL, but the cost of transferring unfilled pricing exposure from the Oct19 contract to the Mar20 contract and the difference in values between the two. Any costs from this Oct19-Mar20 roll will be in addition to the existing $1.22/tonne already incurred from the Jun19-Oct19 roll. You can find an estimate of the Oct19-Mar20 roll cost on the bottom of the Indicative ICE 11 Prices table published on the QSL website (www.qsl.com.au) and featured in our daily pricing email.
2020-SEASON PRODUCT DEADLINES
  • 2020 QSL EARLY-START ACTIVELY MANAGED POOL: Nominations for the 2020 QSL Early-Start Actively Managed Pool open on 1 September 2019 and close on 31 October 2019. This QSL-managed pricing option targets the best return for participants by pricing in an active manner designed to exploit short-term market opportunities. As its name suggests, it starts pricing earlier than the standard QSL Actively Managed Pool, giving the pool managers an additional six months in which to price this pool’s tonnage.
  • 2020 QSL SELF-MANAGED HARVEST: Nominations for the 2020 QSL Self-Managed Harvest open on 1 September 2019 and close on 31 October 2019. This grower-managed pricing option is designed to give growers the opportunity to manage their own production risk. To participate, growers must have a minimum of 300 tonnes and 35% of their GEI Sugar with QSL allocated to the QSL Harvest Pool. They are then responsible for pricing the entirety of their QSL Harvest Pool allocation against each of the four futures contracts available each season (July, October, March and May). Pricing restrictions remain in place for 20% of each participating grower’s nominated tonnage in the Self-Managed Harvest in order to maintain their production buffer. 
For more information regarding any of the pricing products outlined above, please read the full Pricing Pool Terms available at www.qsl.com.au or from any QSL office.
 
DISCLAIMER: These articles contain information of a general or summary nature only and should not be relied on to make any pricing or pool selection decisions. This information does not constitute financial or investment advice, and growers should seek their own independent advice before making any such decisions, in addition to reading the full Pricing Pool Terms which are available on QSL’s website.  Information about past performance should not be relied on as an indication of future performance, nor should anything in relation to these articles be taken to include representations as to future matters.
WILLS & ESTATE ADMINISTRATION   with Bogie & Co. Solicitors, Proserpine & Cannonvale
A great deal has been written about and will continue to be written about this subject. Some people have the view that the ultimate end is many years away and therefore a will can be written up later in life. This does not take into account the uncertainties of life. Other people find it difficult to face the ultimate reality and therefore defer any decision to make a will.
 
A will is a legal document which provides for disposal of your assets on death. Such assets are referred to as your estate. Inevitably assets can change throughout lifetime and therefore the document deals with such assets in fairly general terms.
 
A will deals with appointment of a person or people who will be responsible for administering an estate as well as making the ultimate decisions regarding funeral and other personal matters (your executors.)
 
A will also deals with any specific bequests you choose to make, any pecuniary legacies to named parties including charities and then ultimately with disposal of the assets left (the residue.)
 
A will can deal with appointment of guardians for children under 18 years of age.
 
In certain cases, a will can also set up a trust for defined purposes which allows for payments over a period and then ultimately distribution of the fund.
 
A well constructed will contains various powers given to the executors e.g. to make capital distributions to any beneficiaries under the age of 18 years for education and maintenance when the inheritance is not to be paid until that person reaches majority.
 
The will also should deal with the funeral intentions of the person making the will.
 
An experienced solicitor can make the process fairly straightforward. Frequently, a solicitor will be able to identify any problems with an estate and suggest helpful solutions. More complex estates involve a clear understanding of such things as legal structures, particularly in farming communities.
 
Whilst Queensland Law does make provision for distribution of an estate when there is no will (intestacy), there is no guarantee that a person’s assets will be distributed in the way they would prefer.
 
For anyone who already has a will, it is essential to ensure the will is updated on a change of circumstances such as marriage or divorce as well as entering or leaving a de facto relationship or civil partnership. Changes can also be necessitated on the birth of children or grandchildren, on a financial change of circumstances, if a beneficiary should pass away or in various other circumstances.
 
Having a will is one way to ensure you deal with matters which can cause family problems at the end of the day.
 
 
MANAGING DECEASED ESTATES 
 
If you are the executor in a deceased’s estate, you will be required to carry out the instructions of the deceased person according to their will or distribute that estate under the law of intestate succession if there is no will. In many cases, you will be required to obtain either a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration from the Supreme Court. This gives you the power to collect and deal with the assets in the estate. 
 
A solicitor can assist you in:- 
  • Working to identify the assets and liabilities in the estate;
  • Advising you as to how the will determines the treatment and distribution of those assets; 
  • Advising you on the treatment and distribution of assets where there is no will;
  • Preparing an application to the Court and explaining the process to you;
  • Assisting you to give effect to the intentions of the deceased whether by converting the assets into cash or transferring specific assets to the beneficiaries; 
  • Ensuring you complete the administration of the estate according to law; and
  • Protecting you, wherever possible, from claims by creditors or relatives of the deceased.
DISCLAIMER
This article contains information about wills and administration of an estate.  The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such.  You must not rely on the information in this article as an alternative to legal and financial advice from an appropriately qualified professional.  If you have any specific questions about any legal and financial matters you should consult an appropriately qualified professional.
AGRICULTURAL INNOVATION MASTERCLASS - BOWEN, SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2019
Farmers2Founders (F2F) and regional economic development body Greater Whitsunday Alliance (GW3) are presenting a masterclass workshop to help local agtech innovators take their idea and turn it into commercial reality.
 
F2F Director Dr Christine Pitt said the masterclass is focussed on providing practical tools and support to realise an innovation dream.
 
“Agriculture is predicted to become Australia’s next $100bn industry by 2030 and we want to ensure producers across the Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday play a key role. 
 
F2F will help producers build entrepreneurial and technological skills via tools, resources, coaching and support so they can participate directly in bringing their new agtech, foodtech, and food ventures to market,” says Dr Pitt.
 
GW3 Interim CEO Ms Kylie Porter, said the masterclass was a great opportunity for regional farmers and innovators to tap into an exciting training opportunity.
 
“GW3 through the Queensland Government’s Advancing Regional Innovation Program is excited to be delivering this masterclass workshop in Bowen. 
 
We know that our region’s agricultural sector contributes more than $1.6B to the national economy and there are entrepreneurs, growers and producers in our region who are working on innovative ideas, solutions and products every day.  This masterclass will provide them with the skills to potentially take them to the next level,” said Ms Porter.
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