News & Opinion

11 new ag award winners to tackle key industry challenges

11 new ag award winners to tackle key industry challenges

26th Mar 2017 | By AgInnovators

The National Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry recognise “big ideas from young rural innovators”, with this year’s winners set to explore topics ranging from immunising honeybees to turning pig poo into tractor fuel.

$800,000+ to SMEs to solve water market and biosecurity challenges

$800,000+ to SMEs to solve water market and biosecurity challenges

24th Mar 2017 | By AgInnovators

Nine Australian SMEs have received more than $800,000 in initial grant funds under the federal government’s Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) to develop potential solutions to pressing water and biosecurity challenges over the next three months.

NT business grants fuelling ag-friendly innovations

NT business grants fuelling ag-friendly innovations

23rd Mar 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Since 2014, the Territory Government has been supporting Top End entrepreneurs through its Business Innovation Support Initiatives, with many BISI grant recipients developing innovations of benefit to farm workers, growers and graziers.

New crop of Nuffield Scholars explores the future of farming

New crop of Nuffield Scholars explores the future of farming

23rd Mar 2017 | By Pauline Tan, AgInnovators

This year’s Nuffield Scholars are keen to help create a better, brighter future for primary producers, across Australia and the world. Here, we introduce you to a handful of 2017’s bumper crop.

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

Soil Wealth Webinar: The effect of pesticides on beneficial insects

Soil Wealth Webinar: The effect of pesticides on beneficial insects

2017-03-29T01:30:00Z - 2017-03-29T04:30:00Z
29th Mar 2017 - 29th Mar 2017
IPM Technologies, Hurstville, Vic.
Waste Less, Recycle More: Compost and Recycled Organics Breakfast Seminar

Waste Less, Recycle More: Compost and Recycled Organics Breakfast Seminar

2017-04-11T21:30:00Z - 2017-04-12T01:00:00Z
11th Apr 2017 - 12th Apr 2017
The Fiddler, Rouse Hill, NSW.
Soil Wealth webinar: Cultural control options for pest management in vegetable crops

Soil Wealth webinar: Cultural control options for pest management in vegetable crops

2017-04-27T02:30:00Z - 2017-04-27T03:30:00Z
27th Apr 2017 - 27th Apr 2017
International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) Australia 2017

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) Australia 2017

2017-05-04T23:00:00Z - 2017-05-12T19:00:00Z
4th May 2017 - 12th May 2017
Australia-wide.