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...

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

13th Jun 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.

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.

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.

Events

Sydney Markets Fresh Awards

Sydney Markets Fresh Awards

2017-07-19T08:00:00Z - 2017-07-19T12:00:00Z
19th Jul 2017 - 19th Jul 2017
Museum of Contemporary Art, The Rocks, NSW.
Agritechnica 2017

Agritechnica 2017

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

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.

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.