News & Opinion

Drone-buyers' guide: how to find the right drone for any activity

Drone-buyers' guide: how to find the right drone for any activity

7th Oct 2016 | By Cameron Owen
Whether you're a first-time flyer or in the market for a serious autonomous aircraft, you need to read our robotics engineer's guide to finding the drone that best suits your application.
12 winning innovations set to shrink farming’s water footprint

12 winning innovations set to shrink farming’s water footprint

16th Aug 2016 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Securing Water for Food is a new model of foreign assistance that employs a competitive process to identify and invest in a portfolio of global water-saving solutions. Whet your appetites for water-saving with a look at SWFF’s latest winning innovations, then submit your own solution to the recently-launched Round 4 competition.

Vast greenhouse facility run on seawater and solar power secures 10-year Coles contract

Vast greenhouse facility run on seawater and solar power secures 10-year Coles contract

8th Aug 2016 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Sundrop Farms’ high-tech hydroponic fruit and vegetable production system eliminates the need for fertile soil, groundwater or grid electricity supplies, greatly reducing input costs and environmental risks.

National Paddock Project aims to close yield gap for grain farmers

National Paddock Project aims to close yield gap for grain farmers

7th Aug 2016 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

This large-scale national survey, focused on closing the gap between potential and actual grain yields, will use data collected from 250 paddocks to identify constraints on crop yields across Australia’s key grain-growing regions.

Projects

Innovation Central connected tech laboratory

Innovation Central connected tech laboratory

CISCO, NSW Farmers, NSW Department of Primary Industry, CSIRO, and the University of NSW have partnered to establish the Innovation Central laboratory for developing machine to machine digital solutions.
Farm Energy Innovation Program (EEIG)

Farm Energy Innovation Program (EEIG)

The NSW Farmers' "Farm Energy Innovation Program" was delivered with the help of the Australian Federal Government between 2012 and 2015 under the Energy Efficiency Information Grants program (EEIG).
Next Gen Compost

Next Gen Compost

Next Gen Compost is a two-year project commenced in 2016 aimed at increasing the use of compost made from recycled organic waste in commercial vegetable production. The project is funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority under its Waste Less Recycle More Organics Market Development Grant Program.
Partner Paddocks initiative

Partner Paddocks initiative

Partner Paddocks is an AgInnovators  initiative that enables producers  and other food and fibre industry firms to express interest in research and development collaborations.

Case Studies

Cotton farm uses solar energy to boost pumping efficiency

Cotton farm uses solar energy to boost pumping efficiency

By making the conversion from diesel to electric pumping, DP Ag, a family-run cotton-farming business near Moree, has reduced its diesel consumption by 60%, saving more than $46,000 a year.

Boosting energy efficiency at a Central Tableland vineyard

Boosting energy efficiency at a Central Tableland vineyard

Interested in their options after the solar feed-in tariff ends in December 2016, the Jarretts explored the potential of investing in solar PV battery storage, electrification of its farm vehicles, a new, energy-efficient coolroom and integrated solar pumping options to reduce energy costs and help build a 'sustainable' brand image.

Solar + energy storage key to savings for Central West feedlot

Solar + energy storage key to savings for Central West feedlot

Gundamain Feedlot has identified an opportunity to combine battery storage with solar PV to maximise the savings it makes from solar.

Insights provided by fuel and electricity monitoring drive energy plans for sheep farm near Conargo

Insights provided by fuel and electricity monitoring drive energy plans for sheep farm near Conargo

Approximately 40% potential energy savings were discovered from on-site generation using a combination of solar and wind. But how will the business case stack up? Monitoring and understanding energy usage provides the key.

Events

7th International Nitrogen Initiatives Conference (INI2016)

7th International Nitrogen Initiatives Conference (INI2016)

2016-12-04T07:00:00Z - 2016-12-08T03:45:00Z
4th Dec 2016 - 8th Dec 2016
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
AgCatalyst

AgCatalyst

2016-12-05T04:00:00Z - 2016-12-06T07:00:00Z
5th Dec 2016 - 6th Dec 2016
Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, NSW.
Soil Wealth farm walk

Soil Wealth farm walk

2016-12-11T22:00:00Z - 2016-12-12T01:00:00Z
11th Dec 2016 - 12th Dec 2016
Richmond, NSW.
Compost for healthy soils, pastures and productivity: Bungendore field day

Compost for healthy soils, pastures and productivity: Bungendore field day

2016-12-13T22:00:00Z - 2016-12-14T01:00:00Z
13th Dec 2016 - 14th Dec 2016
Mulloon Creek Farm, near Bungendore, NSW.