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Over the past decade and beyond, the Australian agriculture industry has benefited enormously from growth in the Chinese export market, but as we heard during the Rural Press Club’s latest edition in their RPC Online series, in 2020 it has been threatened by a series of barriers to trade on beef, barely, wine and cotton.  

The webinar, held on Wednesday 28th October, featured Australia-China trade experts, Associate Professor Ben Lyons, Dr Jeffrey Wilson and Dr Scott Waldron, together with ABC Country Hour’s Arlie Felton-Taylor as they explored recent developments in the Sino-Australian political and trade relationship, discussed new research on the causes and impacts of the barriers to trade and looked into how Australian agricultural interests can be best dealt with and managed in the current trade situation. 

A recording from this event is available on the RPC Website. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for an invitation to the Club’s next online event which will be in celebration of National Agriculture and Related Industries Day (National AgDay). National Ag Day was established to recognise the contribution agriculture makes to Queensland’s economic and social fabric. This important day doesn’t just recognise farming, but also acknowledges the industries that rely on agriculture, such as rural supply businesses, stock and station agents, accountants and other professional and trucking companies. 

This year, the Rural Press Club has secured Ms Alison Watkins, Group Managing Director of Cocoa-Cola Amatil as their guest speaker, in what will be a must attend event. Full details will be available on the Club’s website ( in the coming days.

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