News & Opinion

Four in five Aussies forgo fruit and veg, finds CSIRO survey

Four in five Aussies forgo fruit and veg, finds CSIRO survey

22nd Apr 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

An alarming 80 percent of Australians eat less than the recommended ‘2+5 a day’, with nearly two-thirds getting insufficient vegies and more than half skimping on fruit, finds the nation’s largest-ever fruit and veg survey.

More fruit and veg improves mood and mojo

More fruit and veg improves mood and mojo

20th Apr 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

It seems that what you eat really does affect how you feel. Indeed, simply eating more salads, vegie stir-fries and apples could do more to boost your joie de vivre than quitting smoking, being married or going from dole-dependent to employed, say researchers.

Sweet potato aids organ health and weight loss in obese mice, finds Chinese study

Sweet potato aids organ health and weight loss in obese mice, finds Chinese study

20th Apr 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Beijing-based researchers have found that – in mice, and potentially, humans – sweet-potato consumption benefits kidney and liver function and can reduce obesity significantly.

The science is in: gardening is good for you

The science is in: gardening is good for you

8th Oct 2016 | By Chris Williams, The University of Melbourne (UoM)

Scientific evidence suggests gardening is as good for you as the vegies you can grow. Grab a trowel and your green thumbs and dig in.

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.