News & Opinion

New checklists help farmers assess their suitability for solar pumping irrigation systems

New checklists help farmers assess their suitability for solar pumping irrigation systems

2nd Mar 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Thinking of investing in a grid-connected or hybrid solar-diesel pumping system? Before you open your wallet, ensure you're buying the best system for your needs by completing NSW Farmers’ new, free checklists for solar irrigation quotes.

Home biogas: turning food waste into renewable energy

Home biogas: turning food waste into renewable energy

15th Feb 2018 | By Samuel Alexander, University of Melbourne (UoM)

Home-produced biogas is a promising technology that could “provoke a ‘domestic green energy revolution – if we let it”, contends Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute Research fellow Samuel Alexander, who trialled it in his household.

$14m project to turn livestock waste into profitable bioproducts

$14m project to turn livestock waste into profitable bioproducts

13th Jul 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

QUT will head up the research on a $14 million national project that aims to further Australia’s burgeoning bioproducts industry and help win the global war on waste.

WA’s world-first ‘solar glass’ set to power self-sustaining agri-oases

WA’s world-first ‘solar glass’ set to power self-sustaining agri-oases

16th Jun 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

A revolutionary nanotech film developed by researchers at the Electron Science Research Institute in Perth promises to power next-gen greenhouses that can grow food sustainably and self-sufficiently virtually anywhere on Earth.

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

Casino Beef Week 2018

Casino Beef Week 2018

2018-05-18T22:30:00Z - 2018-05-29T07:00:00Z
18th May 2018 - 29th May 2018
GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 and The Organic Farmers’ Fair

GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 and The Organic Farmers’ Fair

2018-06-10T22:30:00Z - 2018-06-14T07:00:00Z
10th Jun 2018 - 14th Jun 2018
Amsterdam RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Hort Connections 2018

Hort Connections 2018

2018-06-17T23:00:00Z - 2018-06-20T13:00:00Z
17th Jun 2018 - 20th Jun 2018
Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre, Queensland.
AgQuip field days 2018

AgQuip field days 2018

2018-08-20T23:00:00Z - 2018-08-23T06:00:00Z
20th Aug 2018 - 23rd Aug 2018
AgQuip site, 6 km west of Gunnedah, NSW (access from Quia Rd or Oxley Hwy).

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.