News & Opinion

7 global megatrends every farmer should prepare for

7 global megatrends every farmer should prepare for

21st May 2015 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

They’re big, unstoppable and game-changing, for agriculture and the world: They’re megatrends – and they’re coming to a farm near you, says CSIRO scientist Dr Stefan Hajkowicz. Get ready...

Australia's booming ag sector grows 23% in a year

Australia's booming ag sector grows 23% in a year

7th Sep 2017 | By AgInnovators

In the 2016-17 financial year, agriculture became the Australia’s fastest-growing economic sector and biggest single-sector contributor to national GDP growth, with ABARES’ latest estimates putting the gross value of farm production at a record $62.8 billion over the period.

Organic food sector now worth AU $100 billion following double digit growth

Organic food sector now worth AU $100 billion following double digit growth

25th Aug 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

According to the latest FiBL-IFOAM report on organic farming worldwide, the global market for organics continues to grow, supplied by more than 2.4 million producers in 179 countries and 50-plus million hectares of organically farmed land – nearly half of it in Australia.

CoOL change: companies pioneer new food labelling rules

CoOL change: companies pioneer new food labelling rules

24th Jul 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

From 1 July 2018, Australian businesses will be required by law to affix new, detailed country of origin labelling to all 'priority' foods, with the government ramping up efforts to promote the new CoOL system to producers and consumers ahead of the mandatory adoption date.

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).

Events

Creating value from vegetable waste: broccoli ‘extrusion’ demo

Creating value from vegetable waste: broccoli ‘extrusion’ demo

2017-10-24T04:00:00Z - 2017-10-24T05:00:00Z
24th Oct 2017 - 24th Oct 2017
Fresh Select, 610 Duncans Rd, Werribee Sth, Vic.
IDF World Dairy Summit 2017

IDF World Dairy Summit 2017

2017-10-30T06:30:00Z - 2017-11-03T06:30:00Z
30th Oct 2017 - 3rd Nov 2017
Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, UK.
Agritechnica 2017

Agritechnica 2017

2017-11-11T22:00:00Z - 2017-11-18T07:00:00Z
11th Nov 2017 - 18th Nov 2017
Hannover Fairgrounds, Hanover, Germany.
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.

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.