News & Opinion

CSIRO's new Food Loss Bank seeks input from broccoli, apple industries

CSIRO's new Food Loss Bank seeks input from broccoli, apple industries

17th Nov 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

CSIRO’s Food Loss Bank project, launched in August 2017, aims to help Australia turn substantial pre-retail food losses into novel food-product gains. Growers, processors, shippers and distributors from selected horticultural industries can help by completing the project’s online survey now.

6 salad vegies linked with 40% drop in ASVD risk, finds WA study

6 salad vegies linked with 40% drop in ASVD risk, finds WA study

16th Nov 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Eating just a cup of mixed salad a day could cut your risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 40 percent, finds a new study by Western Australian researchers, with high-nitrate vegetables such as spinach, beetroot, and celery topping the list of beneficial produce.

Hemp seed can now be sold as a food in Australia (and it’s super-good for you)

Hemp seed can now be sold as a food in Australia (and it’s super-good for you)

16th Nov 2017 | By Rachel Burton, University of Adelaide

From 12 November 2017, changes to Australia's Food Standards Code will permit the sale of low-psychoactive hemp seed as a food product. Jurisdictions will now need to amend their legislation to support the legal sale of low-THC hemp-seed foods.

Queensland scientists save Cavendish banana from devastating Panama disease

Queensland scientists save Cavendish banana from devastating Panama disease

16th Nov 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

In a world-first field trial, QUT researchers have successfully developed and grown Cavendish banana cultivars that are resistant to virulent soil-borne fungus Fusarium wilt TR4, also known as Panama disease. The finding is a global game-changer.

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

2017 Australasian Pig Science Association Conference

2017 Australasian Pig Science Association Conference

2017-11-18T21:30:00Z - 2017-11-22T03:00:00Z
18th Nov 2017 - 22nd Nov 2017
Grand Hyatt, Collins St, Melbourne, Vic.
TropAg2017 – International Tropical Agricultural Conference

TropAg2017 – International Tropical Agricultural Conference

2017-11-19T07:15:00Z - 2017-11-22T09:00:00Z
19th Nov 2017 - 22nd Nov 2017
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane, Qld.
ANFAB/Hort Innovation Native Produce Forum

ANFAB/Hort Innovation Native Produce Forum

2017-11-19T21:30:00Z - 2017-11-20T06:00:00Z
19th Nov 2017 - 20th Nov 2017
Carclew House, North Adelaide, SA.
Gippsland Women in Horticulture Conference

Gippsland Women in Horticulture Conference

2017-11-22T23:00:00Z - 2017-11-23T04:00:00Z
22nd Nov 2017 - 23rd Nov 2017
DEDJTR Ellinbank, Vic.