Plant industries

With its rich natural environment and favourable climate, Queensland supports a diverse number of plant industries with a reputation for high-quality produce.

Queensland's plant industries are supported by innovative research and development. They demonstrate best-practice techniques and respond to international and domestic market signals and emerging opportunities.

Production horticulture

Queensland is renowned for producing fruit, vegetables and nuts of exceptional quality and taste. Innovations in plant varieties, cultivation, management and marketing have made Queensland's horticultural industry a world leader.

Learn more about Queensland's horticulture industries.

Find out more about biosecurity laws and the cotton industry.

Find out more about how the reef protection regulations may apply to horticulture practices.

Lifestyle horticulture

Queensland's lifestyle horticulture industry, which includes turf, flowers, landscaping, nursery and horticultural services, is one of Queensland's fastest-growing industries, contributing nearly $1 billion to our economy each year.

Field crops

Field crops include sugarcane, cotton, summer and winter grains, fodder and pulse crops. They are a significant part of Queensland's economic, social and cultural fabric. The field crop industry employs thousands of people on the land, in food processing, and in other areas along the supply chain.

Learn more about Queensland's field crop industries.

Find out more about biosecurity laws and the cotton industry.

Find out more about how the reef protection regulations may apply to practices for sugarcane and grains production.

Broadacre cropping is a regulated activity under the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014. Regulated activities may require a regional interests development approval if located within a strategic environmental area.

Learn more about applying for regional interests development approvals.


Forestry has been an important industry since the beginning of European settlement, and continues to play a vital role in Queensland's economy.

In addition to its extensive native forest estate, Queensland has more than 250,000 hectares of forestry plantations that deliver a wide range of products and services. These include commercial forest products such as wood and fibre, as well as environmental outcomes such as improved biological diversity, carbon sequestration benefits, and enhanced water quality.

Learn more about Queensland's forestry industry.

Bio-based industrial products

Bio-based industrial products (or bioproducts) are industrial and consumer products manufactured from renewable materials using advanced processes. Queensland has a wealth of natural resources to produce the feedstocks for this emerging industry, including plants such as sorghum, algae, sugar cane, short rotation woody crops and forest waste - all of which can be transformed into plastics, industrial chemicals and aviation fuels.

Learn more about bio-based industrial products.

Plant industry services

The Queensland Government supports the profitability and sustainability of Queensland agriculture. We provide a number of important plant industry services such as guides on how to manage your agricultural business and plant health inspections.