Policy Columns

Preventing the spread of COVID-19
April 7, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson It’s the question on every farmer’s lips, ‘what happens if someone on my farm tests positive for coronavirus?”…

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Putting an ounce of prevention in place
March 31, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson The work of farmers has been deemed an essential service by the Queensland and Australian Governments…

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Queensland horticulture essential for nation’s wellbeing
March 24, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson As supply chains are stretching and supermarket shelves are looking bare, the Queensland horticulture industry stands…

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Labour supply front and centre
March 17, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson Our challenges, if they weren’t already, are beginning to get biblical in their proportions.​ First came a…

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Going viral not always a good thing
March 10, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson Up until very recently “going viral” was seen as a good thing. As a phrase it…

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Piecemeal payroll relief annoys industry
March 3, 2020

By Growcom CEO, David Thomson Slowly at first, but then with alarming speed your income dries up. Push comes to shove….

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The next pest that awaits us
February 25, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson It’s perhaps a surprise to some that the fight against the Fall Armyworm is lost so…

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Profit trumps utility
February 18, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) last week released their final report into irrigation pricing, recommending higher…

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Managing risk reaps rewards
February 11, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson Horticulture has always been a risky business. Overtime those risks have only seemed to have grown,…

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Resilience a muscle that only stretches so far
February 4, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson If resilience were a muscle, then farmers as a whole would be a particularly well-toned group….

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Horticulture workers denied freedom and choice
January 29, 2020

By Growcom CEO, David Thomson Peak body for horticulture in Queensland, Growcom last year launched and led a national survey to…

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Bread and games in an election year
January 20, 2020

By Growcom CEO David Thomson Since Ancient Rome the prescription for keeping the public happy has been to supply both bread…

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