News & Opinion

Gippsland’s ‘king of salad’ wins 2017 Australian Farmer of the Year award

Gippsland’s ‘king of salad’ wins 2017 Australian Farmer of the Year award

16th Aug 2017 | By AgInnovators

Kondinin Group and ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year, Gippsland producer Andrew Bulmer, attributes his recent success – a 400% boost in production over 18 months – to innovation, best practices pre- and post-harvest, and some serious hard yakka.

'Soil Whisperer' Dr Greg Bender saves Monaro grasses with compost

'Soil Whisperer' Dr Greg Bender saves Monaro grasses with compost

28th Jul 2017 | By Pennie Scott, The Land

Dr Greg Bender and his partner at Australian Soil Management are solving complex soil problems in the simple, old-school way: holistically, with compost.

Bathurst farming family plants 16,000 trees to boost biodiversity

Bathurst farming family plants 16,000 trees to boost biodiversity

13th Jul 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Livestock farmers and Landcare participants Graeme and Wendy Ross have planted 16,000 trees and 3,000-odd seedlings on their 800-hectare property, boosting biodiversity, providing native habitat and sheltering their sheep and cattle.

Weed-detection dogs on trial in Australian paddocks

Weed-detection dogs on trial in Australian paddocks

21st Apr 2017 | By Paul Brownrigg, AgInnovators

Science and Innovation Award-winner Dr Cindy Hauser is trialling a novel and potentially important role for trained detection dogs: sniffing out weeds, pests and diseases in valuable crops and bushland.

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.
Partner Paddocks initiative

Partner Paddocks initiative

Partner Paddocks is an AgInnovators' initiative aimed at helping producers and other food and fibre industry firms to get involved in research and development collaborations.

Events

Commonwealth Bank AgQuip field days 2017

Commonwealth Bank AgQuip field days 2017

2017-08-21T23:00:00Z - 2017-08-24T06:00:00Z
21st Aug 2017 - 24th Aug 2017
AgQuip site, 6 km west of Gunnedah, NSW (access from Quia Rd or Oxley Hwy).
Vitafoods Asia 2017

Vitafoods Asia 2017

2017-09-05T00:00:00Z - 2017-09-06T07:00:00Z
5th Sep 2017 - 6th Sep 2017
Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore.
VegNET workshop: Farm biosecurity planning

VegNET workshop: Farm biosecurity planning

2017-09-07T02:30:00Z - 2017-09-07T06:30:00Z
7th Sep 2017 - 7th Sep 2017
Schreurs & Sons, 90 Twyford Road, Clyde, Vic.
2017 Science Protecting Plant Health Conference

2017 Science Protecting Plant Health Conference

2017-09-25T22:00:00Z - 2017-09-28T07:30:00Z
25th Sep 2017 - 28th Sep 2017
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane, Qld.

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.