Farmers encouraged to complete 2016 AgCensus

Burdekin Shire Council is encouraging its primary producers to participate in the 2016 Agricultural Census. Every five years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics measures the pulse of Australia’s agriculture industry, and it’s happening right now. The Agricultural Census gathers and provides information on the production of key agricultural commodities, land management practices, and information on natural resources.

Approximately 103,000 agricultural businesses across Australia are asked to participate in the Agricultural Census, making it Australia’s largest business-based collection.

The information gathered in the Agricultural Census supports policy and planning by Commonwealth and state and territory governments, industry bodies, research organisations and the farming community.

The Agricultural Census is transforming in a number of ways, following consultation with industry bodies and agricultural businesses. Information booths have been popping up at agricultural events across the country, and a streamlined online form enables quicker and easier completion of the Agricultural Census forms.

Head to abs.gov.au/Agriculture for the Australian Bureau of Statistics Agriculture portal.

Head to abs.gov.au/2016AgCensus to complete the AgCensus survey.

Seminar to inform producers on value-adding opportunities

Burdekin Shire Council will host a value-adding seminar for primary producers in an effort to boost the region’s economic base.

Council Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said value-adding was the manufacturing processes that increased the value of existing primary agricultural commodities and was a significant rural development strategy.

“Opportunities exist in our shire to further value add to existing crops and there are companies in the Burdekin right now value-adding to our primary resources,” he said.

“Value-adding could mean organic produce, identity preserved grains, non-traditional crop production, bio-fuels and agri-tourism.

“We will have a number of speakers from a wide variety of organisations who are value-adding to our industry right now or have plans to value-add.”

Mr Scott said the Rabobank Burdekin Value-adding Seminar was an opportunity for Burdekin farmers and other interested parties to explore how they could value-add to their product.

“We have a wide range of speakers lined up for the seminar including representatives from Rabobank, SunRice, Wilmar and Blue Ribbon Grains and Pulses,” he said.

“Our master of ceremonies will be Moore Stephens Queensland principal and Burdekin Economic Development Strategic Advisory Board Chairman Danny Horan.

“There are also opportunities for exhibitors to promote their businesses to attendees in the foyer and theatre forecourt.

“The registration forms are on Council’s website, so just download, complete and return to Council to secure your seat.”

Interested exhibitors should contact Eliza Lovell on 4783 9800.

The Value-Adding Seminar will be held on Friday, May 15, 2015, from 8.30am-4pm at the Burdekin Theatre, Ayr.

 

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