Policy Columns

Crunch time for critical work
January 10, 2022

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard For the most part over the last two years, impacts of COVID-19 on the horticulture industry…

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Eighty job placement opportunities, with a dash of diversity
December 14, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Happy New Year! However you plan to celebrate New Year – with a drink or two,…

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Managing risk to recover quicker
December 14, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard As we prepare for a feast this Christmas, spare a thought for the hard slog a…

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Leadership legacy positions horticulture for the future
December 14, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard At the recent Growcom annual general meeting we celebrated the contributions of two fantastic, long-serving leaders…

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Producers plan for COVID arriving before Santa Claus
December 7, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard It has just been confirmed that Queensland will be opening its borders earlier than first anticipated,…

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Pacific labour programs on the improve
November 30, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Last weekend the ABC’s Landline gave the Pacific labour programs and their current challenges the sort…

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The smart state for horticulture
November 23, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard It was back in 1998 that then Premier Peter Beattie caught many of us by surprise,…

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Conditions ripe for greater collaboration
November 16, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard Looking forward over the year ahead, many growers can only see a further, unsustainable squeeze on…

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Growers and workers alike wear the cost of piecemeal piecerate decision
November 8, 2021

By Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard The Fair Work Commission last week acceded in their draft determination to all variations the Australian Workers…

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Agtech value depends on data
November 1, 2021

By Growcom Chief Executive Officer Stephen Barnard This week marks the start of Queensland AgTech Month, an annual initiative to highlight…

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Future Fields in a town near you
October 26, 2021

By Growcom Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Barnard Last week over 120 industry experts and opinion leaders descended on the Brisbane Markets at…

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Lifting lockdowns but supply chain pain remains
October 18, 2021

By Growcom Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Barnard Growers in the north of Australia, by and large, have weathered a pretty average…

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