An Eventful 2017

It is often difficult to fathom how quickly the year passes. It often feels as if it is going slowly and then all of a sudden it is close to the end of 2017.

Reflecting back on the year that was, it is fair to say that it is has been a successful year for Powers Financial Group.
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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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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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