News & Opinion

Australian natives promise natural pest control

Australian natives promise natural pest control

21st Jan 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

NSW DPI scientists have identified essential eucalyptus oils with the potential to combat agrochemical resistance in major weeds and crop diseases – one of farmers’ key challenges this decade.

Seeking farmer hosts for new agritourism trial

Seeking farmer hosts for new agritourism trial

21st Jan 2017 | By AgInnovators

NSW DPI is looking for farmer hosts for a two-month trial period of its new agri-tourism platform Visit My Farm in early 2017. Register now: applications close Tuesday 24 January.

Australian wine industry seeking future leaders

Australian wine industry seeking future leaders

9th Jan 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Applications are now open for the Australian wine industry’s Future Leaders 17 program. Entrepreneurs, innovators and communicators from all parts of the industry are encouraged to apply.

BeeConnected now!

BeeConnected now!

8th Jan 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

A new, free app developed by AHBIC and CropLife Australia helps farmers and beekeepers connect online to better protect pollinators and crops.

Projects

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.
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

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

Ravenstone-Glengarry Field Day: Compost for healthy soils, crops and pastures

Ravenstone-Glengarry Field Day: Compost for healthy soils, crops and pastures

2017-01-23T22:00:00Z - 2017-01-24T01:00:00Z
23rd Jan 2017 - 24th Jan 2017
‘Ravenstone’, Glengarry, via Ganmain, NSW.
Select Harvests Field Day: Compost for healthy soils, crops and pastures

Select Harvests Field Day: Compost for healthy soils, crops and pastures

2017-01-24T22:00:00Z - 2017-01-25T01:00:00Z
24th Jan 2017 - 25th Jan 2017
Belvedere Farm, Narrandera, NSW.
Webinar: The effect of pesticides on beneficial insects

Webinar: The effect of pesticides on beneficial insects

2017-01-25T01:30:00Z - 2017-01-25T02:30:00Z
25th Jan 2017 - 25th Jan 2017
IPM Technologies, Hurstville, Vic.
Webinar: Biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production

Webinar: Biofumigation cover crops in vegetable production

2017-01-31T01:30:00Z - 2017-01-31T02:30:00Z
31st Jan 2017 - 31st Jan 2017