News & Opinion

Record-breaking season for SproutX

Record-breaking season for SproutX

19th May 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

On 19 April 2018, Melbourne-based SproutX ag-tech accelerator hub announced this year’s cohort of 19 start-ups – making it the world’s most active ag-tech investor.

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.

Aussie start-up goes global with blockchain tech for world’s poorest farmers

Aussie start-up goes global with blockchain tech for world’s poorest farmers

18th Feb 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Aussie start-up AgUnity, already boasting of a string of wins for its blockchain-based AgLedger app, which helps boost efficiency and income for some of the world’s poorest farmers, will go global in 2018, pitching to major investors at the World AgriTech Innovation Summit in San Fran and at the Global Future Agro Challenge in Turkey.

Sensing+™: a new microclimate data decision-making system

Sensing+™: a new microclimate data decision-making system

15th Feb 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Australian company The Yield recently launched a new microclimate predictions system for growers of wine grapes and other climate-sensitive crops. Known as Sensing+™, the system combines sensing hardware, AI and grower-friendly mobile apps to enable “faster, more informed decision-making”.

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

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).
World Water Week 2018

World Water Week 2018

2018-08-26T03:00:00Z - 2018-08-31T07:30:00Z
26th Aug 2018 - 31st Aug 2018
Stockholm, Sweden.
2018 National Farmers Federation (NFF) National Congress

2018 National Farmers Federation (NFF) National Congress

2018-10-16T22:00:00Z - 2018-10-18T06:00:00Z
16th Oct 2018 - 18th Oct 2018
Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra.
evokeAG

evokeAG

2019-02-18T22:00:00Z - 2019-02-20T06:30:00Z
18th Feb 2019 - 20th Feb 2019
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, 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.