News & Opinion

Summary: Next Gen Compost project field trial findings

Summary: Next Gen Compost project field trial findings

7th Jun 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Crop trials conducted as part of the EPA-funded Next Gen Compost project provided scientific evidence of soil and productivity benefits following the application of recycled-organics compost to soil used to grow capsicums and corn.

Award-winning Australian climate scientist predicts ‘droughts and flooding rains'

Award-winning Australian climate scientist predicts ‘droughts and flooding rains'

2nd Jun 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

According to Melbourne-based climatologist Dr Joëlle Gergis, co-recipient of the 2014 Eureka Prize, the recent drenching of Australia’s east coast in the absence of La Niña conditions likely resulted from climate change – and may well be the pattern of the future.

Latest Musk venture: urban farming?

Latest Musk venture: urban farming?

19th May 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Direct from vertical farm to city workers: this smart new Brooklyn-based startup co-founded by Elon’s bro Kimbal Musk cuts food miles by growing GMO-free greens right in New York City, delivering them to offices nearby.

Cool new way to convert coffee waste to clean biofuel – cheaply

Cool new way to convert coffee waste to clean biofuel – cheaply

17th May 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Researchers at the University of Lancaster have developed a breakthrough one-step process for turning spent coffee grounds that would otherwise end up in landfill into clean, green, cost-effective biofuel.

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.