Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne has welcomed activation of Category B assistance for primary producers in a further seven local government areas.
Transcript of interview with Craig Turner and ABC's Charlie McKillop about the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements which have been activated following Cyclone Debbie.
Disaster assistance has been activated for producers affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in the Whitsunday and Mackay Regional Council areas.
Queensland primary producers have taken up a record $120 million in QRAA’s First Start and Sustainability Loans during 2016-17.
Queensland producers now have access to grants of up to $2500 to help tackle family business and succession planning thanks to the Queensland Government.
Banks will not be able to foreclose on Queensland farming properties without offering mediation from July 1.
The Palaszczuk Government has approved an additional $50 million to be provided to primary producers as concessional loans following an unprecedented uptake for financial assistance and to support prawn farmers affected by the white spot disease to rebuild their businesses.
Queensland primary producers will continue to benefit from low interest rates to help them improve profitability and build their businesses, with QRAA announcing their latest rates effective 1 January 2017.
One month since the introduction of the Australian Government’s Drought Assistance Concessional Loans, the beef industry is leading the herd and taking advantage of savings the loans provide – accounting for more than 76 per cent of applications received by QRAA.
- Interest rates for existing concessional loans will be slashed from 1 February 2017.
- The revised rates will deliver savings of up to $5,900 over a year.
- A better deal for farmers affected by drought and the retrospective farmgate milk price cuts by Murray Goulburn and Fonterra.
- New Farm Business Concessional Loans Scheme opens today to support farm businesses dealing with and recovering from drought
- Loans provided at 2.47 per cent interest rate for 10 year term
- Concessional loans available in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia until 30 June 2017
Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson has welcomed improved financial assistance available for drought-affected Queensland primary producers.
QRAA’s Sam Spina is looking forward to helping Queensland producers find ‘Pay Dirt’ at the upcoming National Biological Farming Conference.
QRAA are set to share new ways their productivity loans can help macadamia growers face foreign competition, at the Australian Macadamia Industry Conference in Caloundra.
The Palaszczuk Government is delivering on its promise to improve access to low-cost funds for primary producers.
Over $124 million was approved to Queensland’s drought-stricken producers, innovative farmers and cyclone-affected businesses by QRAA in the last financial year.
QRAA Client Liaison Officers (CLOs) Kate Dunk and Tony Koch are looking forward to helping rural women with their agricultural business goals at the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) Conference in Roma from 6-8 October.
The Australian Government has allocated an additional $15 million to assist Queensland’s drought-affected producers access loans of up to $2 million as the state finally begins to recover from prolonged drought.
13 September 2016: Drought workshop for central west graziers – finding the right finance for recovery
With recent rainfall and conditions improving for restocking, graziers interested in QRAA’s drought recovery finance are invited to attend a series of finance workshops across central west Queensland in the coming weeks.
QRAA Client Liaison Officers (CLOs) will be helping dairy farmers look ‘outside the box’ to make the most of their operations, at the third and final Queensland Dairy Industry Forum for 2016.
As a strong supporter of Queensland’s agricultural future, QRAA is looking forward to celebrating International Youth Day this month.
The Palaszczuk Government today announced a second round of voluntary licence buybacks for commercial fishers associated with the State’s new net-free fishing zones.
Primary producers wanting to put their drought recovery plans into action can now access concessional loans of up to $1 million with interest rates at a record low 2.66 per cent.
Queensland’s primary producers are using QRAA’s low interest Sustainability Loans to value-add to their existing operations and provide lasting benefits for their farming enterprise.
Younger farmers are taking advantage of the Palaszczuk Government’s upgrades to a loans scheme that helps producers improve productivity and sustainability.
QRAA Client Liaison Officer for Darling Downs Kate Dunk is getting ready to help Lockyer Valley producers bring their farming goals to life at the 2016 National Horticulture and Innovation Expo in Gatton on 27 and 28 July.
With stamp duty on family farm transfers removed and interest rates on QRAA’s First Start Loans dropping as low as 3.11 per cent on 1 July, rural succession has become a more affordable reality for Queensland producers.
Queensland primary producers continue to benefit from low interest rates to assist them increase productivity, improve profitability and make their start in agriculture, with QRAA announcing their latest rates effective 1 July 2016.
Burnett Region primary producers are welcoming long term partnerships with QRAA in order to start, improve and advance their farming businesses, according to Client Liaison Officer for Burnett and Sunshine Coast, Bill Fletcher.
The Coalition Government today renewed its commitment to supporting drought-affected farmers by extending the application period for 2015–16 drought-related concessional loans to 31 October 2016.
Drought-affected farmers across Queensland now have until 31 October to apply for loans of up to $1 million
QRAA Client Liaison Officers were among the many exhibitors inspired by the atmosphere of resilience, optimism and excitement at this year’s CRT Farmfest.
Producers attending the Richmond Field Days event have a perfect opportunity to learn how partnering with QRAA can provide lasting benefits for their agricultural business.
Mount Quincan Crater Retreat is the perfect destination for a secluded getaway. Hidden in lush rainforest on the slopes of an extinct volcano on the Atherton Tablelands, the property is a sanctuary for a unique variety of wildlife including the Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo.
Longreach graziers are no strangers to overcoming challenges. From the current drought to dealing with feral animals, locals have adopted smart farming practices to increase productivity.
Producers attending the upcoming CRT FarmFest event in Toowoomba have a great opportunity to learn how partnering with QRAA can help them make a start in farming and improve productivity.
Primary producers in Queensland Local Government Areas that are no longer state drought declared are reminded they may still be eligible to access low interest drought loans from QRAA that will aid in their drought recovery.
Producers attending the North Queensland Field Days in Townsville can meet with their local QRAA Client Liaison Officers to find out how partnering with QRAA can help them make a start in farming, improve productivity and work towards drought recovery.
Local producers attending the Innisfail Field Day are encouraged to meet with QRAA’s Client Liaison Officer for the Far North and Gulf region of Queensland, Sam Spina, and discuss the advantages of partnering with QRAA.
Farmers in the Wide Bay and Fraser Coast region who have experienced below average rainfall in recent years should take advantage of the $45 million available in concessional finance, according to QRAA Client Liaison Officer, Mark Barrett.