Rockhampton shines in China

Recently Powers Agribusiness and Finance were invited to be part of a small trade delegation from the Rockhampton region to exhibit at the fifth annual Agricultural Expo in Huizhou China.

The Expo took place Huizhou City in Guangdong China on the 24th, 25th and 26th of November and the event attracted over 350 thousand visitors.
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Agriculture 2017 Wrap Up


Well, they say that as you get older, the years go quicker. It seems like only yesterday that I was giving a wrap up for the year that was 2016. To say the year has gone quickly would be an understatement.

So what were the highlights of 2017 and what have we got to look forward to in 2018?
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Client Spotlight – The Nobbs Cattle Company


From a young age, Brett Nobbs knew what he wanted to do with his future. He knew that being a beef producer and stud breeder would be part of it. What he may not have known, was just how much he would affect the beef industry and how successful he and Nobbs Cattle Company (NCC) would be.

NCC is owned and operated by Brett and his parents, Allen and Carolynne at ‘Inverrio’, Duaringa, one hour west of Rockhampton.
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An Introduction to Sedex


Powers recently attended the Australian Women in Agriculture Conference in Brisbane. The event attracted women from all over the country as well as speakers from various fields all relating to agriculture.

One of the most interesting talks was from Sedex. Sedex is an innovative company that is working with agricultural industries around the world to create a platform for supply chains.
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Investing in Agribusiness

At a recent seminar, a director of a large agribusiness company said that to make agribusiness investable, farmers need to change the way they farmed.

The key to this statement was that investors wanted a yield return for this asset class of between 7% and 10%, not dissimilar to what an investor can achieve with a medium quality industrial/office property investment.
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Regional Labour Mobility: A Win-Win for Australian Farmers

Many Australian employers from different industries require a steady stream of productive labour and often are unable to find enough local or reliable labour.

The Australian Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) fills gaps in rural labour by providing a reliable workforce that can return each season. It also boosts the economic development of 10 participating nations by providing access to workers from Pacific island countries and Timor-Leste.
The Programme enables workers from nine Pacific countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu and Timor-Leste to work in Australia for periods of six to nine months.
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Enhancing Farm Profitability

Regardless of what aspect of life we might be involved in, sometimes we all slip into the “same old, same old” trap. We do things the way that we have always done them despite the need for change.

This trap is applicable to the agribusiness industry. As commodity prices settle down, perhaps it’s time to look at other ways to enhance farm profitability.
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Agriculture Needs Innovation, Not Levies

New Zealand is currently in the grip of “Election Fever”. From the outside looking in, the financial position of our close neighbours is very similar to that of our own in 2007 just before John Howard took us to the polls.


Their economy is strong, with the growth rate of 4%, unemployment is below 5%, and Government debt has reduced significantly. Put simply, New Zealand is in a boom.
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Embracing Innovation

It seems the latest buzz words in the agricultural world are ‘sustainability’ and ‘social licence’. Achieving sustainability in farming and grazing systems is under constant scrutiny today due to the environmental aspects associated with the industry.

It is estimated that by 2050, our world population will have increased by an enormous amount. We will have to increase food production by some 70% from where it is now to feed everyone, however, there will also be a much higher demand for water and a lot less arable land available.
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