Orica Agriculture will launch its new fertiliser business by building a multi-million dollar manufacturing plant for urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) in Moree.
Construction of the UAN plant is set to take place next to Broadbent Grain as early as next year, however, grain and cotton growers will be able to access transported UAN immediately.
Moree Plains Shire Council mayor Katrina Humphries highlighted the investment as bringing major benefits to the local region, including job creation.
“Employment is a key ‘plus’ for our community – more than 10 permanent jobs together with the potential for more than 20 jobs in the trucking industry represents a good, solid boost,” Cr Humphries said.
Tertiary ag scholarships
RURAL Bank has increased openings for applicants in its 2018 national Scholarship Program for next generation of agricultural leaders.
Up to 15 tertiary scholarships of $5000 each are available for first-time undergraduate students eager to begin careers in the agriculture sector.
Rural Bank expects that majority of applicants will come from regional communities, although where students either completed secondary schooling or plan to undertake their university studies is not part of the selection criteria.
“Almost 30 per cent of Australians live in regional areas, yet they comprise fewer than 20 per cent of university enrolments,” Rural Bank managing director, Alexandra Gartmann said.
“In an effort to bridge this alarming educational divide, Rural Bank is targeting outstanding students who are dedicated to making a significant contribution to the agricultural sector.”
Applications close on January 29 2018.
For information visit: www.ruralbank.com.au/scholarships
Austrade ag specialists
FOUR new senior investment specialists have joined the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Austrade, working with a fifth senior investment specialist, who started earlier this year, to attract more investment to Australia.
The specialists work, in partnership with the States and Territories, to grow investment into five national priority areas – agriculture and food, tourism infrastructure, resources and energy, major infrastructure, and advanced manufacturing.
Karen Caston and Anne Maree Weston share the Senior Investment Specialist Agribusiness and Food role, located in Brisbane.