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What lies beneath - unearthing the real value of Queensland’s soils?

Thursday, 23 April, 2015 networking from noon and lunch served at 12.30pm, Tattersall's Club, 215 Queen Street, Brisbane.
We depend upon it for our food, fibres, landscapes and lifestyles – but do we ever really appreciate the importance and contribution our soils make to our economy and our environment? This year the United Nations is seeking to change perceptions about the value of our soils to society by celebrating 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The Rural Press Club together with the Queensland chapter of Soil Science Australia has invited renowned international soil scientist Mike Grundy to unearth the secrets of Queensland soils and why they really matter to the future of all Queenslanders especially our farmers.  More information and to book

CPC to focus its beef business across Asia

One of Australia’s largest private cattle companies has embarked on an exciting new journey to focus its beef business across a range of Asian markets.

The renowned Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) is seeking to transform its cattle business from a farm gate producer to a vertically integrated, customer focused beef marketer.

CPC is owned by Terra Firma one of Europe’s leading private equity firms who acquired the business in 2009. Since then it has grown its property and cattle portfolio to now include 20 stations across Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory running 375,000 head of cattle.

CPC also holds a 50% interest in a joint venture which owns and operates two feedlots in Indonesia.

Leading the way is CPC Chief Executive Officer, Troy Setter who was appointed last July and brings with him a wealth of experience from both private and publically listed cattle businesses.

Join us for the Rural Press Club’s special Beef 2015 breakfast event in Rockhampton and hear from one of Australia’s beef industry leaders on how they are repositioning to take advantage of growing Asian markets including China and shares some insights on future challenges and opportunities.

Rural Press Club Breakfast at Beef 2015 in Rockhampton

Thursday May 7, breakfast 7–9am, Sidney Kidman Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds
Guest speaker - Consolidated Pastoral Company CEO Troy Setter
Tickets: $55PP, hot breakfast plus tea & coffee
Tickets on sale March 16 via Beef 2015 booking agency
(Please note tickets can only be purchased via Beef 2015 not RPC for this event)


New minister outlines his commitment to QLD farmers

Newly-appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Bill Byrne MP spoke about his commitment to represent Queensland producers and farmers at a packed Rural Press Club luncheon held in Brisbane on 27 March.

Mr Byrne said he has already spoken privately with Federal counterpart Barnaby Joyce, saying he wants to put politics aside for the benefit of rural Queenslanders.   Read more....

Looking forward to a year of iterning at the Rural Press Club

Please welcome Abby-Lee (Abby) Woods who is the Club’s intern journalist for 2015.

Abby is a final year student at the University of Queensland and has this to say about her internship year with us.  Read more...

Biosecurity story wins 2015 Queensland Rural Journalism Award

A story about a watermelon disease outbreak that has prompted a rethink of Australia’s biosecurity controls on imported seeds has won this year’s prestigious Queensland Excellence in Rural Journalism Award.

Queensland ABC Rural Reporter Marty McCarthy was announced as the overall winner of the 2015 Rural Media Awards at a Rural Press Club of Queensland function in Brisbane today.  Read more...

We can all be advocates for agriculture to ensure a more food secure world

International animal health executive Jeff Simmons believes everyone with an interest in agriculture has the opportunity to personally influence and

tackle the world’s growing food security challenge.

Speaking at the Rural Press Club in Brisbane on Thursday 18 February, Mr Simmons said mobile phones and activism had created more policy change in recent times than over the past 60 years and that it was time that agriculture also used these same tools. Read more...


2015 Food Security Journalism Award launched

The Crawford Fund’s 2015 Food Security Journalism award was officially launched at this month’s food security focused event hosted by the Rural Press Club (RPC) of Queensland.

Crawford Fund board member, Professor Kaye Basford, said the award aims to encourage working Australian journalists to investigate the important roles that agricultural research, training and rural development play in global food security. Read more...

Queensland votes 2015 – agriculture issues under the spotlight

The Rural Press Club of Queensland hosted a special breakfast function focused on agricultural policies of the major political parties

on Thursday 29 January – just two days out from the 2015 State election.

Guest speaker, Dr Paul Williams, a political scientist and commentator from Griffith University, provided an interesting analysis of the election campaign including a seat by seat prediction for rural and regional Queensland. Read more....

2015 Queensland Rural Media Awards - NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for the 2015 Queensland Rural Media Awards and journalists, photographers and bloggers from across Queensland and nationally are encouraged to apply.

The awards recognise stories, photographs or blogs published or broadcast from 1st January and 31st December 2014 including:

Excellence in Rural Journalism Awards – four categories (prize value $5000 to attend International Federation of Agricultural Journalists Congress in New Zealand in Oct 2014)

Excellence in Rural Photography Awards- three categories (prize value $1000)

Rural Social Media Award – one category (prize value $500)

Entries must be received by Friday, 27 February 2015. The winners will be announced in March 2015.

View full application details

Rural Press Club celebrates end of a busy 2014

Another big year has drawn to a close for the Rural Press Club of Queensland with more than 100 members and guests rolling up to the

 Club’s Xmas function at the ABC South Bank Studios on 26 November.

Many took the opportunity again to tour the facilities before enjoying the food and drinks on the ABC balcony with its spectacular views across the Brisbane River and CBD.
There were a number of special guests in attendance including the ABC Managing Director Mark Scott who was in Brisbane to brief staff on the recent budget cuts. Read more....

2015 Queensland Rural Media Awards launched

The Rural Press Club of Queensland is in search of the State’s most outstanding journalists, photographers and social media bloggers for excellence in capturing the stories and images of rural Queensland with the launch of their 2015 Rural Media Awards tonight.

The annual Awards are a key initiative of the Rural Press Club that seeks to recognise the wonderful contribution of media professionals covering rural and regional issues in Queensland.

This year’s overall winner, ABC Radio Rural Reporter Cassandra Hough from ABC Toowoomba won a national and international award for her multimedia entry about an historic cattle drive. Read more.....

Panel debates selling sustainable agriculture

In October the Rural Press Club hosted a lively panel discussion about Australia’s global contribution to sustainable farming.The panel mo

derated by James Nason from Beef Central included Cotton Australia’s Adam Kay, Tony Gleeson from Australian Land Management Group, and Queensland beef producer Ian McCamley. Mr Kay started the discussion, saying that while America is the world’s largest exporter of cotton, the nation is not Australia’s

main competitor. Read more......

A wee dram to farming success

RPC Life Member Gordon Collie attended the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) World Congress in Scotland in Septem

ber and here he offers a few first impressions of farming UK style…..

Welcome to the land of the mouldboard plough.
The Aberdeen region, venue for the 2014 IFAJ World Congress, was as pretty as a picture in late autumn with farmers dodging rain showers to h

arvest the last barley crops and get the straw baled ahead of the looming winter.  Read more......

Vale Teena Girdis – a champion for rural journalism in Qld

Longtime ABC Television producer and Rural Press Club supporter, Teena Girdis has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Teena was a champion for rural and regional journalism in Queensland and throughout her career had mentored and encouraged many young journalists.

She was the Executive Producer of the ABC 730 Queensland program for more than a decade. Read more.....

Rural journalism exhibit commissioned at Outback Hall of Fame

A new exhibit celebrating some of Queensland’s legendary rural journalists has been officially commissioned at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach.

The Rural Journalism Hall of Fame exhibit is an initiative of the Rural Press Club of Queensland to celebrate the life, work and passion of some of the state’s great rural storytellers which in turn is hoped will help inspire a whole new generation of rural journalists. Read more...

Another strong year for the Rural Press Club

The Rural Press Club experienced another strong year in 2013-14 thanks to the generous ongoing support of its members.

In his report to the Annual General Meeting held on 16 September, President Brendan Egan highlighted the Club’s achievements for the past financial year.

Mr Egan said the Club had grown its membership, event attendance, and increased the number of entries in its rural media award programs. Read more...

Four world awards come to Qld

Queensland rural journalists and photographers have continued their excellent record with four winners in the global Star Prize Awards announced at the 2014 IFAJ World Congress in Scotland in early September.
Cassie Hough from the ABC in Toowoomba won the World Star Prize category for online reporting while Peter Lewis was runner up in television.
Both finalists represented Australia as winners in the 2014 Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.
Rabobank also sponsored the world broadcast awards this year.
Two Queensland photographers were also recognised in Aberdeen.
Paula Heelan from Clermont won the World Star Prize production category while Peter Scott from Longreach was runner up in the nature/landscape category. Read the full news release

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