News & Opinion

Junk food tax could save Australia $3.4 billion annually, finds study

Junk food tax could save Australia $3.4 billion annually, finds study

19th Feb 2017 | By AgInnovators

Researchers at the University of Melbourne used large-scale survey data to model a scenario in which ‘junk food’ taxes were imposed, and fruit and veg subsidised, and found Australia would make billions in savings with no dent in household budgets.

NSW-Shandong collaboration to boost Chinese demand for Aussie beef

NSW-Shandong collaboration to boost Chinese demand for Aussie beef

19th Feb 2017 | By AgInnovators

An agreement between NSW DPI and one of Asia’s leading agricultural universities aims to boost demand in China for Australian beef.

Growers give thumbs-up to home-grown harvest-fire reduction device

Growers give thumbs-up to home-grown harvest-fire reduction device

16th Feb 2017 | By AgInnovators

A simple device for cooling headers, dreamt up by a Victorian farmer and developed with a local engineering firm, promises to cut the risk of harvest fires significantly – and it’s catching on like, well, wildfire.

New device cuts wild-prawn fishing bycatch by 35 percent

New device cuts wild-prawn fishing bycatch by 35 percent

14th Feb 2017 | By AgInnovators

A breakthrough bycatch reduction device developed by net-maker Kon Triantopoulos promises to boost the sustainability of fishing operations across Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery Industry.

Projects

Reducing Energy Costs in Dairy

Reducing Energy Costs in Dairy

NSW Farmers is working to assist the dairy industry in reducing energy costs and increasing the dollar return on energy investment.
Solar Powered Pumping Initiative

Solar Powered Pumping Initiative

The Solar Powered Pumping Initiative was funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH ) and aimed to promote the use of solar power pumping in agriculture across domestic, stock and high volume irrigation applications.
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.
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.

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

10th International Poultry Show and Seminar

10th International Poultry Show and Seminar

2017-03-01T21:00:00Z - 2017-03-04T06:00:00Z
1st Mar 2017 - 4th Mar 2017
International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), Dhaka, Bangladesh.
ABARES Outlook 2017

ABARES Outlook 2017

2017-03-06T22:00:00Z - 2017-03-08T05:00:00Z
6th Mar 2017 - 8th Mar 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT.
AUSPACK 2017: Innovation and Design

AUSPACK 2017: Innovation and Design

2017-03-06T22:00:00Z - 2017-03-10T06:00:00Z
6th Mar 2017 - 10th Mar 2017
Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW.
International Conference on Marine Science & Aquaculture (ICOMSA) 2017

International Conference on Marine Science & Aquaculture (ICOMSA) 2017

2017-03-13T21:30:00Z - 2017-03-15T06:00:00Z
13th Mar 2017 - 15th Mar 2017
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.