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  • Members - You are invited to come along to the Mackay Show Sugar Pavilion (P4 - just inside the main gate). Along with the annual sugar cane competition and our very popular sugar juicer there will be an Industrial Drones Australia technology exhibition, a continuation of Australia South Sea Islanders exhibition of 150 years, a rest area with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits, Sarina Sugar Shed products, Pioneer Valley machinery display, Pioneer Valley art group sugar-themed art competition and exhibition and much more.  Bring the kids along to see the hay minions (farmers) and there will be a colouring in table and free fairy floss at different timeslots. A reminder to enter your cane into the sugar cane competition to win some excellent prizes.  Click here to view the schedule.
  • Ten trainees graduated from the 15th CANEGROWERS Mackay's haulout course, a small but positive step towards filling a shortfall in haulout operators in the region again this year.   More....
  • As Mackay Sugar’s three mills and Wilmar’s Sarina mill prepare for the crushing, CANEGROWERS Mackay would like to remind residents and travellers to be aware and safe as activity on our roads ramp up with the start of the annual cane harvest season.    More.......
  • Past students, locals and friends are invited to attend celebrations of the 125th anniversary of Chelona State School.  There is a Dinner Dance on 30 June and the Family Fun Day on Sunday 1 July 2018.   More.......
  • Queensland's sugarcane growers are ramping up preparations for the 2018 harvest, proud of the natural product they supply to the world.  More......
  • CANEGROWERS Mackay stands with the Queensland agricultural sector in its disgust at a parliamentary committee's recommendations to pass the Palaszczuk Government's controversial vegetation management laws.   More.......

  • Participants can expect to learn more about weed identification, form and function.  More......
  • Farmers!  Start looking for your best cane varieties and get your entry in this year to win some fantastic cash prizes and trophies.    More......
  • The development of solar farms in cane growing regions has been of concern with the possible use of good agricultural land and other consequences such as drainage. The Qld Government has released draft Queensland Solar Farm Planning Guidelines https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/4953/view.html for comment, intended to support local councils in planning for and assessing solar projects under the Queensland Planning Framework and educate local communities and project developers about good standards of development practice. This is a positive step welcomed by the QFF. Consultation closes on 11 May and growers are invited to attend a community forum in Mackay – 2 May.  If you have any concerns you would like to bring to CANEGROWERS attention, please contact your local CANEGROWERS office.
  • Farm Business Management Skill Sets - This fast-tracked agribusiness short course is designed for Queensland farmers and managers of agricultural operations as well as those seeking employment in, or recently introduced to an agribusiness role.  This is a heavily subsidised course for cane growers and will only cost $244. For more information and/or to register for this great course please go to:  https://www.qatc.edu.au/courses/course-finder/farm-business-management/ or phone Lorelle Stables from Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network on 0423 370 368.  Course is on 31 May and 1 June.
  • CANEGROWERS members will join farmers from other industries voicing their anger at State Government moves to change Queensland’s vegetation management laws as a Committee reviewing the amendments travels to regional areas this week.  More.....
  • Ag businesses throughout the regions of Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday are being urged to book their sites early for the CANEGROWERS Mackay Ag Trade Expo at Wests Leagues Club, with the second annual event just months away.   More.....
  • CANEGROWERS is warning the Queensland Government that it is risking the sugarcane industry’s contribution to the state’s economic growth with changes to vegetation management laws.   More......
  • A series of CANEGROWERS workshops in March aims to keep large farm machinery moving through the complex map of rules and regulations for accessing public roads.  More......

  • A unique work of land art is being launched in Mackay this week. Watershed: The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Land Art Project is the creation of Wollongong artists Lucas Ihlein and Kim Williams, in collaboration with a host of local farmers and community organisations.   More.....
  • At the Plane Creek Area Committee Annual Information Meeting held on 20 February, concerns were expressed over mill capacity with a proposed 150,000 additional tonnes of cane to be supplied by 2019.   More...
  • 12 February, 2018
    The Plane Creek Area Committee Information Meeting will be on Tuesday 20 February 2018 at the Sarina RSL. Guest Speaker will be Dr Barry Salter, Leader KFA2 Soil Health, Nutrient Management and Sustainability, Sugar Research Institute.
  • Queensland’s cane growers are starting 2018 with their eyes firmly set on meeting increasing market demands for sustainably produced sugar.  More.....
  • The Queensland sugar industry is set to receive increased access to Japanese, Canadian and Mexican markets after the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement was agreed to in Tokyo this week.   Known as TPP 11, the multi-trillion-dollar deal has 11 participants: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.   More.....
  • CANEGROWERS Mackay is calling on the next state government to commit pre-election to resolving the tangled web that is the current permitting system for the movement of oversize agricultural vehicles on the public road network.  More.....
 
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