News & Opinion

Latest Musk venture: urban farming?

Latest Musk venture: urban farming?

19th May 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Direct from vertical farm to city workers: this smart new Brooklyn-based startup co-founded by Elon’s bro Kimbal Musk cuts food miles by growing GMO-free greens right in New York City, delivering them to offices nearby.

Innovation Central Sydney opens new IoT hub

Innovation Central Sydney opens new IoT hub

19th May 2017 | By AgInnovators

Building on the success of its ATP Redfern site, Innovation Central Sydney has expanded its capabilities by opening a second hub on the UNSW campus in nearby Randwick.

Government pledges $8.3m to boost efficiency, cut red tape for livestock exporters

Government pledges $8.3m to boost efficiency, cut red tape for livestock exporters

19th May 2017 | By AgInnovators

The Australian Government will contribute $8.3m over four years to help industry implement the new Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP), a scheme designed to cut red tape for Australian livestock exporters and boost trade efficiency and competitiveness.

Farmers join forces to boost farmgate returns

Farmers join forces to boost farmgate returns

18th May 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Farming Together, a federally-funded pilot program in collaborative agriculture, helps primary producers across Australia form cooperative business structures, securing their farms’ futures by pooling capital and spreading risk.

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

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.

Energy audit leads to substantial savings for Dubbo dairy enterprise

Energy audit leads to substantial savings for Dubbo dairy enterprise

An energy audit of Skinner Partnership, a dairy operation in Dubbo, Central New South Wales, found that substantial savings could be made by upgrading pumps, installing a variable speed drive on the milk vacuum pump, and adding heat-recovery units to the dairy’s plant and vat washes.

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.

Events

2017 Farming Together Forum

2017 Farming Together Forum

2017-06-05T22:00:00Z - 2017-06-06T07:00:00Z
5th Jun 2017 - 6th Jun 2017
Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, SA.