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An unlikely activist – tackling the global food security challenge

Wednesday, 18 February, 2015 networking from noon and lunch served at 12.30pm, Tattersall’s Club, 215 Queen Street, Brisbane.
Jeff Simmons is the President of Elanco, the animal health division of the Eli Lilly and Company, and is leading an international campaign to encourage greater dialogue, science based policies and innovation to ensure we will have enough… without using too much of our resources.
Join us to hear from this unlikely activist about his perspectives on food and agriculture and the need for urgent solutions to global food security. More information and to book


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


Proving bigger isn't always better: ag robots steal the show

Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to the use of robotics and automation in improving the productivity and profitability of broad acre agriculture in Australia.

Does size really matter? This was just one focus in a lively discussion about the role of robotics in agriculture at this year’s Rural Press Club’s Breakfast held at the Toowoomba Ag Show on September 4. Read full story...


ABC Landline’s Pip Courtney wins 2014 Clarion for rural journalism


ABC Landline’s Pip Courtney’s confronting animal welfare story about the dehorning of calves and the northern beef industry’s efforts to find a painless genetic solution has won this year’s Queensland Clarion Award for rural journalism. The judges’ commented that Pip’s winning entry “Horns of a Dilemma” clearly stood out for its courageous coverage. They said the story bravely shone a light on an issue rarely reported, and Pip Courtney’s tenacity across 20 years in trying to report on the issue paid off, fulfilling one of the key tests of journalism. Read more...



AACo focuses on premium beef at a premium price in Asian markets

The future of the beef industry looks promising for producers, with Australia’s leading agricultural company now targeting the Asian middle class as th

eir primary market and selling their premium product at a premium price.

Jason Strong, Managing Director of Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) delivered this year’s Malcolm McCosker Memorial Address at the Rural Press Club’s EKKA breakfast, with a record 370 people in attendance. Read more...


Qld rural storytellers celebrated with new exhibit at Ekka

Three of Queensland’s legendary rural journalists have been recognised in a special new exhibit unveiled for the first time at this year’s Royal Queensland Show in Brisbane.

The 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....

RPC applauds Clarion Award rural journalism finalists

Four finalists have been announced for the rural journalism category of Queensland’s media industry awards known as the Clarions.
The rural journalism category is sponsored again this year by the Rural Press Club of Queensland to acknowledge and help foster the profession of rural journalism.  Read more...

QSL responds to sugar marketing challenge

In July, the Rural Press Club hosted Greg Beashel, CEO of Queensland Sugar Limited, to discuss developments in sugar marketing in Queensl

and, where Wilmar Sugar and two other millers have confirmed they will withdraw from the current single desk for exports in 2017,

despite objections from growers.

Read more....

Rabobank presents prize to rural broadcast winner

The Rural Press Club’s July event also included a special presentation to ABC TV rural journalist Peter Lewis who won this year’s Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.

Peter won the national award for his story on the devastating effect that wild dogs are having on the sheep industry in western Queensland. Read more...

Healthcare professionals debate the future of rural medicine

In June, a panel of medical experts joined Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg MP to discuss the future of rural and regional healthcare.

The panel included Dr Sue Masel, President of the Rural Doctors Association of Queensland (RDAQ) and Professor Richard Murray, President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and head of the School of Rural Medicine and Dentistry from James Cook University in Townsville.  Read more....

Wild Dog Attacks on Qld Sheep Industry TV story wins national broadcast journalism award

ABC TV Landline’s Peter Lewis has won the 2014 Rabobank Australian Star Prize for Rural Broadcasting.

Peter’s story Born to be Wild’ examined the devastating effect wild dogs are having on the sheep industry in western Queensland.  Read more.....

Meet Annabelle Amos - the Rural Press Club’s new journalism intern

The Rural Press Club of Queensland has announced final year journalism student Annabelle Amos as its latest intern.

Find out more....


Crawford Fund award launched in Brisbane

Last chance to enter - Closes Monday, June 2!

Queensland rural journalists are encouraged to enter an excellence award related to food security which carries an overseas trip for the winner.

The Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists has again joined with The Crawford Fund in search of outstanding reporting.

Entries are now open for the 2014 Crawford Fund Food Security Journalism Award which offers a “seeing is believing” trip to a developing country to the winner. Read more......

Agricultural exports take off from Toowoomba

In May, the Rural Press Club welcomed Toowoomba businessman and entrepreneur John Wagner to introduce Queensland’s first privately built but publicly used airport, Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport.

The airport located on the western outskirts of Toowoomba will be opened to the public in October 2014. 

Read more....

Outback image wins national photo award

An image which captures the stark beauty of the Australian outback is the winner of the 2014 Australian Star Prize for Rural Photography.
The unusual aerial photo was snapped from a mustering helicopter by freelance photographer Peter Scott who is based at Longreach in western Queensland.
The national title carries a cash prize of $1000, provided by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists (ACAJ).
Another freelancer Paula Heelan from Clermont in Queensland took out the people award for an action campdrafting photo.
Fiona Harding from the Townsville Bulletin entered the winning production photo of a girl sorting cattle in a dusty pen.

Read the full news release......

New exhibit to celebrate rural journalism and the bush.


An exciting new initiative of the Rural Press Club (RPC) is underway with the construction of special interpretative exhibit to celebrate the history and contribution of rural journalism in Queensland. The exhibit will appropriately be based at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach. Read more ......

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