What we're working on
Capable supply chains
AgForce Grains is working with all levels of government (local, state and federal) to ensure the transport infrastructure in Queensland can handle the freight task, efficiently and effectively. This involves advocating for sensible regulation, targeted infrastructure funding and innovation in the supply chain.
Functional crop insurance
To make it easier for grain growers to manage risk, AgForce Grains is working towards the introduction of functional crop insurance. Crop insurance that works for farmers needs to be affordable, it needs to ensure risks outside of the control of farmers such as low rainfall, and it needs to be financially sustainable for insurance companies.
North Queensland crop development
To create a future for the grains industry in Northern Queensland, AgForce Grains is partnering with other stakeholders to investigate how to create a viable broadacre cropping industry in the North.
Oversized agricultural machinery movements
AgForce has successfully advocated reducing red tape when moving large agricultural vehicles. The Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice came into effect in April 2019. The Notice increases mass and dimensions exemptions meaning many farmers will no longer need to apply for permits, it reduces the number of designated agricultural zones and it simplifies border movements.
Efficient grain transport
The Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) recognises the difficulty of in-field and on-farm loading of cereals, pulses and legumes with varying moisture contents and densities. GHMS provides flexibility above normal regulation mass limits when field loading bulk commodities. GHMS functions each year from 1 July to 30 June the following year. The scheme benefits the grain industry, the community and the road transport industry. AgForce administers the scheme on behalf of industry.