What a great couple of weeks for promoting Central Highlands agriculture, with highlights including a visit from Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk promoting chickpeas, the Central Highlands Cotton Growers & Irrigators (CHCG&IA) Awards dinner, launch of the ‘Central Highlands Agriculture – more than you expect’ short film, and CHDC’s Farm to Fine Dining event during the Ekka week.

CHCG&IA Awards Dinner
Congratulations to the volunteers from the CHCG&IA who hosted another fantastic Awards Dinner last Friday, attended by nearly 250 people at the Emerald Town Hall.

Cowal Agriculture won the award for the highest irrigated cotton yield with an amazing result of average yields above 11 bales/hectare across three properties in Emerald: 11.87 bales/hectare at Jabiwarra, 11.18 bales/ha at Trawalla, and 11.07 bales/ha at Braylands.

Other awards presented include:
• 2nd Irrigated cotton yield: Emerald Agricultural College
• 3rd Irrigated cotton yield: Scott Russell, Consuelo, Rolleston
• Dryland cotton yield: Neek and Robyn Morawitz, Windy Hill and Argoon, Comet (4.69 bales/ha green area and 2.35b/ha total area)
• 1st prize Quality: Max and Lyn Mayne, Mayneland, Rolleston
• 2nd prize Quality: Emerald Agricultural College
• 3rd prize Quality: Ross Burnett, Barkool, Emerald

Quiet contributors were awarded the prestigious Service to Industry Awards, with the Grower Award presented to Catherine Galea of Figs Grove, Emerald for her volunteering with the Awards Dinner, Teach the Teacher and other educational events for more than 15 years. The Agribusiness Awards were presented to DAF’s Sharna Holman, Gayle Spargo and Dr Paul Grundy for their Cotton Research Development Corporation (CRDC)-funded work on early planting times, which provided significant yield and quality increases last season.

Check out some great photos from Kelly Butterworth at Queensland Country Life here.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk visit to Capella
Earlier this month, Premier Palaszczuk visited the Gersbach family at their property Kurrajong, specifically to check out its chickpea crops and to show her Government’s support for the development of chickpeas, and the Grains Research Development Corporation (GRDC) research undertaken locally by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) research agronomists and technical staff to boost farm profits and exports.

Pictured are Gary Gersbach, Premier Palaszczuk and Cr Paul Bell

‘Central Highlands Agriculture – more than you expect’ showcase film
The second major initiative to be completed by the Central Highlands Accelerate Agribusiness (CHAA) initiative, a five-minute film was launched at the CHCG&IA Dinner. As I write this, the YouTube clip has had more than 1400 views already – I know it’s even made London! It’s a free resource and all businesses are welcome to use it to promote the region and what we do here. You can view the film here. Please share and spread the word! Thanks again to our marvellous producers, researchers and businesses who helped out, Digital Black who shot the footage, and DAF, CHRC and the CHCG&IA for their financial support.

CHDC’s Farm to Fine Dining Event in Brisbane
During the recent Ekka season, CHDC hosted influential guests in Brisbane to celebrate and promote the Central Highlands and its products to people outside our region. The CHAA Advisory Group attended after a full day meeting to consider the findings from the Central Highlands Agribusiness Stocktake and build strategic action to grow the region’s agricultural and business economy.

Special thanks to those producers who donated product, notably 2PH Farms (lemon, limes and mandarins), Stanbroke’s Flinders Natural certified grass-fed beef, the Cunzolo family from Comet (Atlantic potatoes) and the Peanut Company of Australia (seasoned Picky Picky Peanuts). So many people said it was the best beef they had ever tasted.

I would also like to extend special thanks to the producers who attended and spoke personally and passionately about the region and their products: Tracey and Jason O’Loughlin from Fair Dinkum Meats, Springsure, Blackwater and Emerald (award-winning sausages); Ian McCamley, Rolleston (grass-fed beef); and Taylor Pressler, 2PH Farms.

Contact Liz Alexander for more information E: agribusiness@chdc.com.au or M: 0429 471 511

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