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.
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.
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.