WITH grain harvest in full swing and just a week to go before the grains industry “night of nights” at Emerald in Central Queensland, Queensland grain growers are being urged to get in quickly to book their place at the annual event celebrating the sector’s successes.
AgForce Grains president Wayne Newton said the Queensland Grains Gala Dinner was being held at the Woolshed at AgGrow Emerald next Friday, November 25, and he encouraged anyone with an interest in the industry to join in the celebrations.
“The Queensland grains industry is enjoying a season for the ages with high prices and high yields, with chickpea producers in particular reaping the rewards,” he said.
“After all the hard work of the harvest, the Queensland Grains Gala Dinner gives the entire industry, and those who prosper from it, an ideal moment to celebrate grains.
“It’s a fabulous event where everyone with an interest in the industry – plant breeders, researchers/scientists, suppliers, consultants, producers, traders and buyers – can come together in one place for one night.”
Mr Newton said the gala dinner would be the culmination of a big two days for the grains industry with the AgForce Grains Board holding their annual general meeting and a range of industry tours also planned.
“The Women in Ag Tour and the Ag Landscape in CQ Tour will feature multiple stops and fascinating speakers showcasing an array of exciting agricultural developments in Central Queensland,” he said.
“The tours will stop at Swarm Farm to see their world-leading robotic farming technology, as well as call in to a grape farm, a compost manufacturer, a feedlot and a turf farm.
“It’s all about acknowledging the significant role the Central Queensland region plays in the state’s grains industry, and shining a light on the diversity and quality of the region’s produce.”
Mr Newton thanked all the sponsors who had helped make the event possible, including IOR Petroleum, Swarm Farm, GrainCorp (Gold), Rabobank, Fitzroy Basin Association, Vanderfield (Silver), Pioneer, Farmarco, CQ Ag Services, Suncorp and Ritchie Brothers (Bronze).
To book tickets and for more information about the dinner and industry tours, log on to AgForce’s website at www.agforceqld.org.au