News & Opinion

Will the weather get worse in 2018? What the experts say

Will the weather get worse in 2018? What the experts say

2nd Feb 2018 | By Lindsay Beevers, Heriot Watt University

In a warming world, what might 2018 hold for weather across the globe? Are we destined to see more ‘unusual’ and catastrophic weather events which result in significant devastation? What effect will climate change have on our weather and will this become the new norm?

More microbial activity in organic soils, finds global meta-study

More microbial activity in organic soils, finds global meta-study

4th Jan 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Compared with conventionally farmed soils, those farmed organically contain nearly 60% more microorganisms that are significantly more active, finds a new meta-study from the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. Humus-rich organic soils also sequester more carbon, reducing harmful CO2 emissions and helping to mitigate climate change.

Australia's organics-sector boom: the stats

Australia's organics-sector boom: the stats

4th Jan 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

According to the latest Australian Organic Market Report (AOMR 2017), Australia's organic sector is expanding, exports are up - especially to Asia - and the boom is set to continue, driven by cashed-up middle-class consumers in ‘tiger’ Asian economies and by health-conscious Millennials worldwide.

Organic farming could play a key role in sustainable food security, finds FiBL

Organic farming could play a key role in sustainable food security, finds FiBL

14th Dec 2017 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

A recent study from The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) in Europe has concluded that organic farming methods could feed 9.5+billion people sustainably by 2050 if we did less of just two other things.

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

ABARES Outlook 2018

ABARES Outlook 2018

2018-03-06T22:00:00Z - 2018-03-08T05:00:00Z
6th Mar 2018 - 8th Mar 2018
National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT.
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.
GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 & The Organic Farmers’ Fair

GreenTech Amsterdam 2018 & 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.

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.