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GrainGrowers has welcomed news that the European Commission (EC) has confirmed Australian canola meets the strict new feedstock requirements for European Union (EU) biodiesel.

GrainGrowers Economics and Trade Manager, Luke Mathews, said legislation passed last Friday by the EC had secured ongoing access to the EU for Australian canola after 1 January 2018.

"Europe is the single largest export destination for Australian canola," said Mr Mathews.

"Passing this legislation was critical for both ongoing market access and the profitability of Australian canola growers."

Mr Mathews said a report prepared by the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC), the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF), and CSIRO had confirmed Australian canola growers met Europe's Renewable Energy Directive and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) savings requirements.

"GrainGrowers applauds this work and congratulates these organisations for ensuring market access for Australian canola in the years ahead," he said.
 
Mr Mathews said that canola was a crucial cash and rotational crop for Australian grain growers, particularly in southern growing regions. Australia produces 3 to 4 million tonnes of canola each year, valued at $1.5 - $2.3 billion, making canola our third most important grain, oilseed or pulse crop.

"Australia exports roughly two-thirds of its canola crop each year, generating export returns of $1-2 billion (FOB).

"In 2016, nearly 90 per cent of Australia's canola exports were destined for Europe.

"The European market is worth roughtly $1.0 billion to the Australian canola industry, with virtually all Australian canola in Europe used for biodiesel production.

"Australian canola growers will rejoice at this timely Christmas present to help secure their future market access and incomes."

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Monday 18 December 2017

Timely Christmas present for Australian canola growers

National grain farmers' representative body, GrainGrowers, today welcomed news that the European Commission (EC) has confirmed Australian canola meets the strict new feedstock requirements for European Union (EU) biodiesel.

GrainGrowers Economics and Trade Manager, Luke Mathews, said legislation passed last Friday by the EC had secured ongoing access to the EU for Australian canola after 1 January 2018.

"Europe is the single largest export destination for Australian canola," said Mr Mathews.

"Passing this legislation was critical for both ongoing market access and the profitability of Australian canola growers."

Mr Mathews said a report prepared by the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC), the Australian Oilseeds Federation (AOF), and CSIRO had confirmed Australian canola growers met Europe's Renewable Energy Directive and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) savings requirements.

"GrainGrowers applauds this work and congratulates these organisations for ensuring market access for Australian canola in the years ahead," he said.
 
Mr Mathews said that canola was a crucial cash and rotational crop for Australian grain growers, particularly in southern growing regions. Australia produces 3 to 4 million tonnes of canola each year, valued at $1.5 - $2.3 billion, making canola our third most important grain, oilseed or pulse crop.

"Australia exports roughly two-thirds of its canola crop each year, generating export returns of $1-2 billion (FOB).

"In 2016, nearly 90 per cent of Australia's canola exports were destined for Europe.

"The European market is worth roughly $1.0 billion to the Australian canola industry, with virtually all Australian canola in Europe used for biodiesel production.

"Australian canola growers will rejoice at this timely Christmas present to help secure their future market access and incomes."

 
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GrainGrowers is pleased to announce the five new Western Region representatives on the organisation's National Policy Group (NPG).

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National grain farmers representative body, GrainGrowers, today announced participants in the 2018 Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP).

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GrainGrowers has noted ABARES' December Crop Report clearly highlights the seasonal challenges that plague Australian grain growers. 

Released today, ABARES Crop Report estimates total winter crop production at 35.1 million tonnes, down 41 per cent from the record 59.5 million tonnes crop produced in 2016/17.  Wheat production is forecast at 20.3 million tonnes, down from 35.0 million tonnes in 2017/18, and the smallest national wheat crop since 2007/08.   

GrainGrowers Trade and Economics Manager, Luke Mathews, said that the 2017 winter cropping season had been particularly challenging for many of Australia’s grain growers. 

“Different challenges have affected different farmers in different regions at different times of the year,” said Mr Mathews.

“Severely low rainfall plagued much of the national cropping belt early in the season. Conditions improved for many WA farmers in spring, but by contrast, dryness persisted across NSW and Qld.

“The seasonal challenges have continued through harvest.  Widespread rainfall has been recorded in November and early December, slowing harvest progress and resulting in quality issues." 

A full copy of GrainGrowers' review of the ABARES December Crop report is available at the following link: http://www.graingrowers.com.au/policy/resources