News & Opinion

SparkLabs' first intake of ag-tech start-ups join accelerator program at the GATE

SparkLabs' first intake of ag-tech start-ups join accelerator program at the GATE

16th Mar 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

The Australian arm of global tech accelerator and investor firm SparkLabs has announced its first cohort of start-ups for a seven-month accelerator program at the GATE, a DPI-backed ag-tech innovation hub launched recently in regional NSW.

Double your harvests and cut water use with new rice variety

Double your harvests and cut water use with new rice variety

15th Mar 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Australian scientists have bred a high-yielding, fast-maturing medium-grain rice variety that ups water efficiency by 10 percent and enables farmers to harvest two rice crops a year.

Yes, too much sugar is bad for our health: here's what the science says

Yes, too much sugar is bad for our health: here's what the science says

12th Mar 2018 | By Kieron Rooney, The University of Sydney

The World Health Organization recommends limiting “free sugars” to less than 10 percent of total energy intake – around 12 teaspoons daily for an average adult – but more than half of Aussie adults exceed this, often without knowing it.

Australian Government backs manuka honey throwdown: is ours better than New Zealand’s?

Australian Government backs manuka honey throwdown: is ours better than New Zealand’s?

10th Mar 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

The Australian Government has pledged AU$165,000 in funds to get new markets abuzz about what the Australian Manuka Honey Association claims is the original and arguably, the best medicinal honey on Earth.

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).

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.

Events

2018 Ceres Conference

2018 Ceres Conference

2018-04-24T04:00:00Z - 2018-04-27T04:00:00Z
24th Apr 2018 - 27th Apr 2018
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, MA.
2018 Horticultural Lighting Conference, Europe

2018 Horticultural Lighting Conference, Europe

2018-05-14T09:00:00Z - 2018-05-15T08:30:00Z
14th May 2018 - 15th May 2018
Utrecht, Netherlands.
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.