News & Opinion

Even 1°C of global warming will reduce key crop yields significantly, say researchers

Even 1°C of global warming will reduce key crop yields significantly, say researchers

20th Oct 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

With each additional 1°C rise in global temperature, we can expect a 3.1 to 7.4 percent reduction in yields of the world’s four major food crops – corn, wheat, rice and soybeans – finds a broad meta-study of climate-change impact experiments, models and analyses.

Australia's $134m Smart Farms Program to facilitate sustainable ag practices

Australia's $134m Smart Farms Program to facilitate sustainable ag practices

19th Oct 2017 | By AgInnovators

The Australian Government has pledged $134m in funding over six years to Landcare’s new Smart Farms initiative, which aims to protect natural resources including soil, water vegetation and biodiversity through encouraging sustainable farming practices.

European Commission gets serious about sustainable water use in agriculture

European Commission gets serious about sustainable water use in agriculture

6th Oct 2017 | By AgInnovators

With pressure on this key resource increasing, the EC has committed to implementing short- and long-term actions to increase water-use efficiency by its ag sector.

New nanotechnology could cut crops’ water use in half

New nanotechnology could cut crops’ water use in half

5th Oct 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

A Spanish start-up has developed sophisticated nanotechnology that it claims can reduce agricultural water usage by up to half – and lessen the need for pesticides and fertiliser, too.

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

Creating value from vegetable waste: broccoli ‘extrusion’ demo

Creating value from vegetable waste: broccoli ‘extrusion’ demo

2017-10-24T04:00:00Z - 2017-10-24T05:00:00Z
24th Oct 2017 - 24th Oct 2017
Fresh Select, 610 Duncans Rd, Werribee Sth, Vic.
IDF World Dairy Summit 2017

IDF World Dairy Summit 2017

2017-10-30T06:30:00Z - 2017-11-03T06:30:00Z
30th Oct 2017 - 3rd Nov 2017
Belfast Waterfront, Belfast, UK.
Agritechnica 2017

Agritechnica 2017

2017-11-11T22:00:00Z - 2017-11-18T07:00:00Z
11th Nov 2017 - 18th Nov 2017
Hannover Fairgrounds, Hanover, Germany.
2017 Australasian Pig Science Association Conference

2017 Australasian Pig Science Association Conference

2017-11-18T21:30:00Z - 2017-11-22T03:00:00Z
18th Nov 2017 - 22nd Nov 2017
Grand Hyatt, Collins St, Melbourne, Vic.

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.