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Winner of the 2014 Rural Press Club's Excellence in Rural Photography Award
'Retreat Station' by Peter Scott, Longreach

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Malcolm McCosker Memorial Address - Beef transformation – what next for Australia’s largest beef producer?
Thursday, 7 August, 2014. 6.30am for 7am start. The Royal International Convention Centre, , RNA Showgrounds .
The past year has been a challenging one for the entire northern cattle industry including Australia’s largest cattle producer, the ASX listed Australian Agricultural Company (AACo). More info and to book ....

Future farm - can robotics revolutionise farm productivity and profitability? Rural Press Club Agshow Breakast, Thursday 4 September, 2014 6.30am for 7am start.

Apps for smartphones and tablets, satellite mapping and communications, robotics, aerial drones, remote sensors, electronic tagging, intelligent data, real-time analytics and cloud-based platforms are all being touted as “the next big thing” in improving farm profitability. Can robotics make an impact on farm profitability?  Farmer and innovator Andrew Bate and researcher Craig Baillie will explore this question at the Rural Press Club’s breakfast at AgShow in Toowoomba this year. More info and to book....


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 Queensland, 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 ......

Rebecca Jennings wins Alltech Award

Congratulations to Rebecca Jennings on receiving a prestigious 2014 Alltech Young Leader in Agricultural Journalism Award.

Rebecca is from a Queensland beef producing family and worked for Queensland Country Life and AgForce before her career took her interstate.

Read more....

Fancy a wee dram and some great Angus steaks?

If you fancy partaking of some warm Scottish hospitality at the 2014 International Federation of Agricultural Journalists World Congress you had better act fast.
Bookings are now open and places are filling fast in what is shaping as an extremely popular event.

The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists is hosting the congress with the theme Innovations From a Small Island.

The main conference will be held in Aberdeen from September 4 to 8 with a pre-tour based around London and a post tour option to the Midlands and Wales.

While there will be a salute to No 1  export earner Scotch Whiskey and some great Angus steaks, the conference will also highlight the breadth of Scottish agriculture.

Visit the conference website

What will the future of Elders look like?

“175 years of Elders is not just a milestone but signifies the strength of Australia’s agricultural industry,” said Mark Allison Chairman

for Elders Limited told the Rural Press Club luncheon in Brisbane on 7 April.

 Mr Allison was appointed as the Board Chairman in June last year amid tough times for this iconic rural company which has been struggling financially and facing negative criticism in the media.  Read more...

Knowing what a difference a cake can make

We cook to celebrate and to commiserate, so when the 2011 floods hit the Lockyer Valley near Brisbane, DanielleCrismani baked a batch of muffins for the volunteers she saw on her TV screen.

Speaking at the Rural Press Club luncheon in April, Danielle Crismani told her story about how a local community fundraiser quickly turned into a movement. Within days of a mention on Facebook, hundreds of people inspired by her act of kindness - were baking for flood hit communities.  Read more....

Crawford Fund award launched in Brisbane

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


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