Policy Columns

We can’t afford to be the frog waiting to boil
April 12, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard There’s an urban legend that says if a frog is put in tepid water which is…

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New look agvet chemical database unveiled
March 29, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Pest management and biosecurity are of critical concern in the horticulture industry. Pesticides play a vital…

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New trade key to economic recovery
March 23, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Expanding existing and creating new trade relationships is going to be essential if agriculture is to…

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Minister and industry leaders set new agenda for horticulture
March 16, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Ahead of the state election last year Minister Furner committed to quarterly meetings with the Queensland…

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Never a better time for workforce reform
March 9, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard If there’s going to be any silver lining from the disruption caused by COVID-19 in agriculture…

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Networked for success
March 2, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard There are many things we do better in Queensland agriculture than anywhere else. And frankly, as…

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Living downstream of government
February 22, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard There’s a common phrase, originating in the military, that suggests manure moves downhill. It gets across…

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Following science except for regional quarantine
February 15, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Last week Tony Blakely, Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne, said this about our…

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The hidden cost of lost crops
February 9, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Back in December the National Farmers’ Federation in collaboration with Growcom launched the National Lost Crop…

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Health rating risks leaving a sour taste for growers
February 2, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard The Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation will meet on 12 February. The…

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Welcome to the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables
January 25, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Here at Growcom we celebrate horticulture and seek to promote its value to the economy and…

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Harping on about over regulation
January 19, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard As you read the paper today, know that there could be quite literally a thousand bureaucrats…

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