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20191217 - RGA Still at the Table

Posted on 17/12/2019
Today the Minco ministers meet to address ongoing concerns about the implementation of the MDB Plan. The RGA were a significant contributor in the setting of these priorities and pressed hard for the inclusion of their member's policies.


Posted on 1/12/2019
The RGA is outraged that state and federal authorities are planning to ram through NSW water sharing and resource plans by the end of the year, ignoring stakeholder pleas for further consultation – again.

20191126 Further water related job losses in the Rice industry

Posted on 26/11/2019
SunRice announce a further 100 job losses and release an independent report highlighting the eroded water rights for General Security water entitlement holders in the southern Murray-Darling Basin

20190916 Welcome News: Nationals reject further water recovery

Posted on 16/09/2019
The National Party’s rejection of further water recovery up to another 450 GL finally acknowledges that our industries and communities cannot endure further negative impacts on our economic viability.

20190904 The RGA welcomes a new president

Posted on 14/09/2019
“I want to see our rice industry continue to proposer well into the future. There are very few agricultural industries that can boast the complete supply chain and marketing strategies achieved by the Australian rice industry.” - Rob Massina

20190822_New Role for RGA President

Posted on 22/08/2019
Jeremy Morton has been elected as a SunRice Grower Director and will be stepping down from his position as president of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia.

20190819_Murray-Darling Basin Plan Review a NoGo ScoMo

Posted on 19/08/2019
It would appear that the Morrison Government has chosen to abandon Murray-Darling Communities when an opportunity for leadership presented itself. The commentary from Water Minister David Littleproud that the Basin Plan “provides certainly” is quite

20190725 Time for Water Ministers to have faith in Murray Darling Communities

Posted on 25/07/2019
The State and Federal Water Ministers have an opportunity next month to be honest with themselves and the Australian people and admit all is not well with how water reforms of the past 25 years are unfolding.

20190722 Next steps for the rice R&D levy proposal2019

Posted on 22/07/2019
The next step in our submission is to provide all Levy Payers with the opportunity to lodge an objection to the Levy Proposal. The Objection Period commenced on Monday 24 June 2019 and will expire at 5pm on Monday 5 August 2019.

20190709 4Corners Cash Splash - Shallow facts

Posted on 9/07/2019
The RGA has long sought that water be recovered for the environment through Infrastructure Programs rather than direct buy-backs. These programs facilitate communities and irrigation industry adjustment to a future with less water for production.

20190509 Murray Darling outcomes not numbers - stop killing our Rivers & Communities

Posted on 9/05/2019
The ‘450GL Up Water Program’ that Tony Burke wants to fast track is deeply flawed and will not only fail to deliver environmental outcomes, but actually risks significant environmental damage while simultaneously hammering a final nail into the coffi

20190413 Time to Cut the Crap on the Murray Darling Basin Plan

Posted on 13/04/2019
The constant push to highlight the different views rather than focus on the common ground may suit a political outcome but it is ripping Murray Darling Basin communities apart. Time to cut the crap o the MDBP.

RGA encourages growers not to burn stubble during Easter and Anzac Day public holidays

Posted on 12/04/2019
The RGA,, Griffith City Council, Leeton Shire Council, Murrumbidgee Shire Council, and the Irrigation Research and Extension Committee (IREC) remind farmers who are planning to burn stubble, to do so responsibly.

Murray communities shortchanged by increasing River losses.

Posted on 2/04/2019
“The Ricegrowers Association of Australia (RGA) has been concerned about losses required to run the Murray River for some time and this report confirms our worst fears with a 39% increase in losses when compared to similar years.” RGA President Jerem

Basin Communities are Cannon Fodder in Labor's quest for power

Posted on 29/03/2019
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) is absolutely disgusted that Murray Darling Basin Communities are seen by the Australian Labor Party as nothing more than cannon fodder in its quest to become the next Federal Government. “The media

Next Season’s Water Availability – NSW Murray and Murrumbidgee

Posted on 15/02/2019
In response to member concerns, the RiceGrowers’ Association (RGA) has contacted the NSW Department of Industry – Water, to seek clarification in the event dry conditions prevail, that any General Security carry-over water will be fully available in

RGA's response to the SA Royal Commission report on MDBP

Posted on 5/02/2019
The RiceGrowers’ Association has always argued that social and economic considerations must be given equal weight with environmental consideration in the Murray Darling Basin Plan (MDBP). Consequently we reject the South Australian Royal Commission

Scholarship application period extended

Posted on 2/02/2019
We are extending the scholarship application period by a week, so if you are eligible and have oniy just heard about this great opportunity - apply now!

Troy Mauger appointed as new Rice Extension Coordinator

Posted on 24/01/2019
Graeme Kruger, Executive Director of the Ricegrowers’ Association (RGA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Troy Mauger at the helm of the Rice Extension Team. Rice Extension is a program funded by AgriFutures Australia and administered by th

Ricegrowers' Association Tertiary Scholarships Applications Open

Posted on 9/01/2019
Applications are open until 31st January 2019 for the Greg Graham Memorial Scholarship valued at $10,000 to assist with the costs of Tertiary education, and the Peter Connor Book Award which provides $3,000 to assist with the cost of books and course

Funding for Women's Leadership Development: Farming and Agricultural Sectors

Posted on 9/11/2018
Women & Leadership Australia invite all women currently employed in the Australian farming and agricultural sectors to apply for a limited pool of scholarship funding that has been provisioned for the specific intent of providing powerful and effecti

NFF Calls on Farmers to ACE their spray

Posted on 22/10/2018
The Ricegrowers' Association of Australia support the National Farmers Federation, who is today reminding all producers to take care when applying herbicides and pesticides this summer spraying season.

There's a hole in the bucket - The RGA questions the equity of water sharing

Posted on 16/10/2018
The RGA is extremely concerned that the Murray-Darling Basin Agreement has resulted in less water being available to the NSW Murray following the 15th October water allocation statements.

Rice Industry Established Leaders Announced

Posted on 27/09/2018
The RGA is very happy to announce the successful applicants for the 2017 - 2020 Rice Industry Leadership Program.

RGA encourages Shareholders to make their vote count

Posted on 13/09/2018
The RGA is encouraging all Shareholders to make their vote count when it comes to voting on the SunRice ASX Proposal at the Annual General Meeting next Thursday the 20th of September.

No allocation – not for the lack of trying

Posted on 3/09/2018
SRI, RGA, MVPD and MI are continuing to work with the Federal and NSW ministers, governments and their agencies to source water for General Security water holders in the NSW Murray Valley.

RGA states support for SunRice ASX Proposal

Posted on 22/08/2018
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) supports the SunRice ASX Proposal and believes that this proposal will enable SunRice to raise the capital it requires to implement its 5-year Growth Strategy.

RGA states support for SunRice ASX Proposal

Posted on 22/08/2018
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) supports the SunRice ASX Proposal and believes that this proposal will enable SunRice to raise the capital it requires to implement its 5-year Growth Strategy.

RGA Water Availability Position

Posted on 16/08/2018
The RGA is currently working to ensure members clearly understand the current position of General Security allocations and is exploring opportunities to gain access to additional water for members.

RGA Welcomes Drought Assistance Packages

Posted on 8/08/2018
The Ricegrowers Association of Australia (RGA) welcomes the recently announced State and Federal drought assistance packages.

RGA 2018 Annual Conference Success

Posted on 6/08/2018
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia Inc. (RGA) has enjoyed a successful 2018 Annual Conference in Moama/Echuca on the 2nd and 3rd August.

RGA Annual Conference “Locally Owned – Globally Focused"

Posted on 9/07/2018
The 2018 Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) Annual Conference will be held in Moama, NSW on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd August at the Rich River Golf Club.

Rice Industry Leadership Program participants selected

Posted on 21/05/2018
The RGA has selected the participants for the first program in their Rice Industry Leadership Program 2018-2020.

RGA welcomes bipartisan support for Basin Plan amendment

Posted on 8/05/2018
The projects that offset water recovery will be rolled out through to 2024 and are subject to a reconciliation process to ensure they deliver the environmental outcomes envisaged.

Critical Decision for Basin Plan

Posted on 4/05/2018
The RGA is calling on the FG and opposition to continue their historic bi-partisan approach towards the Murray Darling Basin Plan and allow the SDLAM amendment as recommended by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

RGA encourages growers not to burn stubble during Anzac Day public holiday

Posted on 23/04/2018
With the 2018 summer harvest underway, the RGA, GCC, LSC, the IRECMI remind farmers who are planning to burn stubble, to do so responsibly.

Rice Industry Leadership Program Launched

Posted on 17/04/2018
Today the RGA is launching the Rice Industry Leadership Program 2018-2020.

RGA encourages growers not to burn stubble during Easter and Anzac Day public holidays

Posted on 27/03/2018
With the 2018 summer harvest underway, the RGA, GCC, LSC, the IR and ECAMI remind farmers who are planning to burn stubble, to do so responsibly.

2018 Annual Rice Scholarships Awarded

Posted on 22/02/2018
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) has announced the recipients’ of their 2018 tertiary scholarship awards.

Labor Betrays Basin Plan and Environment by Supporting Greens Disallowance Motion

Posted on 15/02/2018
The Australian Labor Party have betrayed the people of the Murray Darling Basin while short-changing the environment at the same time.

Labor’s decision to undermine rural Australia for political expediency

Posted on 7/02/2018
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) is appalled with the Labor Party’s decision to vote down the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s recommendations to the Federal Government.

Labor must not support Basin Plan disallowance motion

Posted on 5/02/2018
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) has called on the Australian Labor Party to vote down any disallowance motion relating to the Murray Darling Basin Plan’s Northern Basin Review or the SDL adjustment.

No socio-economic impacts is everything

Posted on 25/01/2018
The Ernst and Young’s (EY) report released on Friday highlights the need to abandon any recovery of the 450GL from productively held water.

Rice Scholarship Applications Closing Soon

Posted on 11/01/2018
The RGA reminds all rice growers that applications for the 2018 tertiary scholarships close soon.

Careers - Leadership Project Coordinator

Posted on 8/01/2018
Reporting to the RGA Policy Manager, the Rice Industry Leadership Project Coordinator will work with the Rice Industry Leadership Taskforce to determine the leadership needs of the Rice Industry and design and deliver a program that meets those needs