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Grains and horticulture

What will be the requirements for grain and horticulture producers?

Minimum practice agricultural standards for grains and horticulture production have not yet been developed and will not come into effect until 1 December 2022.

However, under the Reef protection regulations, from 1 June 2021 all grains and horticulture producers in all Reef regions will be required to obtain an environmental authority (permit) if commencing new or expanding cropping or horticulture activities on five hectares or more of land that does not have a cropping history. A cropping history is when the land has been used for cropping or horticulture activities during three out of the last 10 years.

For detailed information on new or expanding cropping, please refer to the new or expanding cropping page.

What is the process for developing the minimum practice agricultural standards for grains and horticulture and how can I provide feedback?

The minimum practice agricultural standards will be developed by the Department of Environment and Science in consultation with industry. They will be released for public consultation for a statutory period of at least 30 business days under section 318A of the Environmental Protection Act 1994.

The public consultation period will be advertised on the Queensland Government’s Get Involved website and on this website.

You can register to receive updates about when this information is available.

What support is available?

Programs and support tools are provided by the Australian and Queensland governments and industry organisations to help grains and horticulture producers identify opportunities to improve farming practices. For more information visit Grains and horticulture support programs.