News & Opinion

Autonomous tractors on track: Case IH Magnum and New Holland NH Drive

Autonomous tractors on track: Case IH Magnum and New Holland NH Drive

12th Jan 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

A brace of award-winning autonomous concept vehicles, able to till, sow, spray and harvest, adjusting for inclines, negotiating uneven terrain, avoiding obstacles and monitoring their own performance, all without a human at the helm, will be commercially available within the next few years, promising to free agriproducers from tedious cropping tasks forever.

New large-scale study confirms key role of fruit and veg in mental health and happiness

New large-scale study confirms key role of fruit and veg in mental health and happiness

12th Jan 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

The findings of a recent study of more than 12,000 Australians has confirmed what previous studies have suggested: that for optimal mental health and happiness in the short and long term, most of us need eight or nine servings of fruit and veg a day - and that fruit consumption particularly impacts women's wellbeing.

Cover crops can moderate soil temperatures, find US scientists

Cover crops can moderate soil temperatures, find US scientists

12th Jan 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

US soil scientists have shown that perennial biofuel and cover crops can help protect valuable cash crops by buffering soils against temperature changes that could otherwise impact negatively on plant growth and yield.

Australian Organic's latest crop of champions

Australian Organic's latest crop of champions

5th Jan 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

At its 4th Annual Awards for Excellence, held in mid-November 2017, independent organics-industry body Australian Organic Ltd announced an exceptional crop of ‘organic champions’: producers, processors, retailers, innovators and products – including, for the first time, wine.

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.
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).

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

BioFach 2018

BioFach 2018

2017-02-13T22:00:00Z - 2018-02-17T06:00:00Z
13th Feb 2017 - 17th Feb 2018
Nuremberg, Germany.
ABARES Outlook 2018

ABARES Outlook 2018

2018-03-06T22:00:00Z - 2018-03-08T05:00:00Z
6th Mar 2018 - 8th Mar 2018
National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT.
2018 Ceres Conference

2018 Ceres Conference

2018-04-24T04:00:00Z - 2018-04-27T04:00:00Z
24th Apr 2018 - 27th Apr 2018
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA.
GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 & The Organic Farmers’ Fair

GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 & The Organic Farmers’ Fair

2018-06-10T22:30:00Z - 2018-06-14T07:00:00Z
10th Jun 2018 - 14th Jun 2018
Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands.