News & Opinion

Growers, get free sustainability support via the EnviroVeg Pilot Program

Growers, get free sustainability support via the EnviroVeg Pilot Program

21st Apr 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Vegie-growers nationwide can access free training, industry and tech support in transitioning to sustainable farm management – and gain industry-recognised Freshcare environmental certification – by joining AUSVEG’s new EnviroVeg Pilot Program. Apply now.

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

9th Mar 2018 | By Chris West, Bob Doherty and Tony Heron, University of York

It’s time to bring more voices to the table and take a system-wide approach to defining the collective roles and responsibilities of producers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers in delivering sustainable food.

New US fertiliser industry report shows sustainability gains

New US fertiliser industry report shows sustainability gains

3rd Mar 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

According to the 2017 State of the Fertilizer Industry report from TFI, the US industry made gains in safety, sustainability and environmental responsibility in 2016, with firms along the value chain reporting improved water efficiency, lower GG emissions, less wasted heat and more research into reducing run-off.

Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

2nd Mar 2018 | By Washington Castilhos, SciDev.Net

A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that cuts harmful nitrous oxide emissions from sugarcane cultivation by 95 percent has netted the International Fertilizer Association’s prestigious Norman Borlaug Award.

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.