News & Opinion

Cutting-edge weed-ID tool to cut herbicide use Down Under

Cutting-edge weed-ID tool to cut herbicide use Down Under

13th Jul 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

A high-tech weed-mapping and identification tool known as the H-Sensor, developed in Germany and currently being adapted by SPAA researchers for Australia, will benefit growers, the environment and consumers’ health by cutting herbicide use.

Bathurst farming family plants 16,000 trees to boost biodiversity

Bathurst farming family plants 16,000 trees to boost biodiversity

13th Jul 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Livestock farmers and Landcare participants Graeme and Wendy Ross have planted 16,000 trees and 3,000-odd seedlings on their 800-hectare property, boosting biodiversity, providing native habitat and sheltering their sheep and cattle.

Biofortified bananas to save thousands of lives

Biofortified bananas to save thousands of lives

12th Jul 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Bananas genetically modified by QUT researchers to be higher in vitamin A are being grown in Uganda in a breakthrough initiative hoped to save the lives of thousands of east African children a year.

Deputy PM backs farmers, innovation in FAO address on food security

Deputy PM backs farmers, innovation in FAO address on food security

10th Jul 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Australia’s Deputy PM and Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, addressing July 2017’s FAO Ministerial Conference in Rome, said the world must act now to meet growing global food demand – and that doing so means backing farmers, innovating and improving infrastructure and trade.

Projects

Reducing Energy Costs in Dairy

Reducing Energy Costs in Dairy

The Reducing Energy Cost in Dairy project was funded by Australian Dairy Farmers to assist farmers in increasing their dollar return on energy investment.  The project built on previous work by NSW Farmers and Dairy Australia. Activities...

Water & Energy Nexus Initiative

Water & Energy Nexus Initiative

In 2014, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage funded NSW Farmers to conduct a study into the connection between energy costs and usage, and water-efficient irrigation practices.

The project involved desk top research coupled...

Direct Beef Export to China

Direct Beef Export to China

The Direct Beef Export to China project investigated the potential for cattle producers to export premium beef products to China using advanced paddock-to-plate marketing and ecommerce platforms.
Partner Paddocks initiative

Partner Paddocks initiative

Partner Paddocks is an AgInnovators' initiative aimed at helping producers and other food and fibre industry firms to get involved in research and development collaborations.

Case Studies

Farm trials show next-gen compost benefits for vegie growers

Farm trials show next-gen compost benefits for vegie growers

Trials at the Greater Sydney Demonstration Farm show that adding high-grade recycled-organics composts to soils prior to planting has a number of potential benefits for vegetable growers.

Bathurst farmer grows sweet corn using 'next gen' compost

Bathurst farmer grows sweet corn using 'next gen' compost

Bathurst mixed-farming operator Jeff McSpedden, who grows corn commercially for Simplot, turned to next-gen compost to replace biosolids, deemed a health risk.

Sydney vegie growers improve soil and yields using 'next gen' compost

Sydney vegie growers improve soil and yields using 'next gen' compost

Second-generation vegetable farmers Sam and Val Micallef switched to recycled organics compost augmented with slow-release nitrogen to produce more and better vegies for Sydney Markets.

Rejigged tariffs and equipment fixes to boost Riverina dairy farm's bottom line

Rejigged tariffs and equipment fixes to boost Riverina dairy farm's bottom line

An energy audit of Carramar dairy farm in Womboota found significant savings could be made by renegotiating the electricity tariff for the property’s water pump, optimising the performance of its power-hungry plate cooler, recovering waste heat from the chiller and installing LEDs. Simple.

Events

Agritechnica 2017

Agritechnica 2017

2017-11-11T22:00:00Z - 2017-11-18T07:00:00Z
11th Nov 2017 - 18th Nov 2017
Hannover Fairgrounds, Hanover, Germany.
2017 Australasian Pig Science Association Conference

2017 Australasian Pig Science Association Conference

2017-11-18T21:30:00Z - 2017-11-22T03:00:00Z
18th Nov 2017 - 22nd Nov 2017
Grand Hyatt, Collins St, Melbourne, Vic.