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Tuesday, 21 December 2017
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1.  New Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources

Hon. David Littleproud MP, Member for Maranoa, Queensland, is new federal Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources.

GrainGrowers looks forward to meeting with Mr Littleproud in the new year and updating him on the Australian grain industry’s key priorities.

Former Agriculture Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce moves to the portfolio of Infrastructure and Transport.

Senator Bridget McKenzie and Dr John McVeigh have been elevated to the Cabinet in the portfolios of Regional Telecommunications, and Regional Development, Territories and Local Government respectively.

Senator Anne Ruston will continue as Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources.

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2.  RRRCC welcomes Government’s USO reform plan

The Regional Rural and Remote Communications Coalition (RRRCC) has welcomed the Federal Government’s Plan for Telecommunications Universal Service Obligation (USO) reform through a new Universal Service Guarantee.
 
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3.  Timely Christmas present for Australian canola growers
 

GrainGrowers has welcomed news that the European Commission (EC) has confirmed Australian canola meets the strict new feedstock requirements for European Union (EU) biodiesel.

GrainGrowers Economics and Trade Manager, Luke Mathews, said legislation passed by the EC had secured ongoing access to the EU for Australian canola.

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4.  ABARES Agricultural Commodities Report – December Quarter 2017

ABARES’ latest Agricultural Commodities Report was released last week. The report showed the gross value of crop production is forecast to decrease by 16 per cent to $29.4 billion in 2017-18. This largely reflects a forecast fall in crop production following exceptionally high yields in 2016-17 but is close to the average value of crop production over the five years to 2016-17.

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5. National Residue Survey results released

The key results for this year’s National Residue Survey (NRS) for grains are:

  • In 2016–17, the overall compliance rate against Australian standards was 99.2 per cent
  • Australian primary producers and grain handlers continue to demonstrate a high degree of good agricultural practice
  • The consistently high compliance rates help maintain the reputation and integrity of Australian grain in international and domestic markets.
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Great footage taken from a drone of the harvest of wheat and barley on a farm near Bolgart, WA. (Credit: Kindred Sounds Media Group.)
 
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This is the last edition of PulseCheck for the year. The next issue will be in your email on 23 January.
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