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.
Can we protect honeybees against viral attack and possible colony collapse by infecting them with symbiotic bacteria? Dr Emily Remnant, recipient of this year’s top Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, is hoping the answer is yes.
The National Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry recognise “big ideas from young rural innovators”, with this year’s winners set to explore topics ranging from immunising honeybees to turning pig poo into tractor fuel.
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.
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.
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.
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.