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Reminder: farmers and beekeepers urged to use BeeConnected. Cotton Australia has joined with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) in calling on all farmers and beekeepers to use BeeConnected to better communicate with each other to protect bees and crops. Details: ow.ly/DGPg308RsAb
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Falls when accessing fuel tanks, pump sites, channels, stops and other irrigation structures, including access to dam and irrigation gates, contributes towards a high number of back injuries when workers fall. Each year, there are many serious injuries associated with falls from steps and ladders. See Cotton Australia’s CottonSafe resource for practical safety information: ow.ly/PV8R308Rth9
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Growers and contractors who have imported the CP and CS 690 John Deere pickers this season are advised that they will need to apply for a Class 1 permit for these vehicles in both NSW and Queensland. Due to the model name change, these pickers are not covered by the Queensland Class 1 Heavy Vehicles (Cotton Harvester) Mass and Dimension Exemption Notice 2016 (No. 1). Details: ow.ly/Sal8308RrIE
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Cotton Australia is holding forums to update growers, farm managers and transport contractors about transport issues. The forums - at Dalby (Feb 15), Goondiwindi and Mungindi (Feb 16) and St George (Feb 17) - will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss a range of transport issues related to the cotton industry’s harvest period, as well as broader transport issues, too. Registration is essential for catering purposes. Dates and registration details here: ow.ly/jzPN308PnxU
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Neek Morawitz was among many cotton growers to take advantage of the wider planting window created by the addition of the latest generation of biotechnology traits in cotton - Bollgard 3. His family owns and runs a mixed enterprise property named Argoon, located outside Comet in Central Queensland. The property spans 2700ha, with 700ha of irrigated land. Full story with Jessica Dorey from the Central Telegraph: http://ow.ly/4Y7w308B9k0
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Growers, irrigators, business owners and community members have only 9 days left to lodge a submission to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority to tell them that enough is enough - water recovery must stop. Take action now (the process is simple and quick). Visit: www.farmers.org.au/MoreThanFlow #MoreThanFlow
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Make your voice heard on water buybacks @NationalFarmers @QldFarmers #morethanflow LODGE A SUBMISSION www.farmers.org.au/morethanflow 9 days to go
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Dirranbandi Ag Spares owner Peter McCosker encourages people in his community and across the Northern Basin to be heard on the impacts of water buybacks, and says "we've been affected drastically by these buybacks". 

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Tax rates for working holiday makers (backpackers) with visa sub-class 417 and 462 change from January 1, 2017. The Australian Tax Office (ATO) requires all businesses employing (or planning to employ) working holiday makers (backpackers) to register by January 31, 2017. Details: ow.ly/mCDE308vEm5
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