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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

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.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 16th Mar 2018
Double your harvests and cut water use with new rice variety

Double your harvests and cut water use with new rice variety

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.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 15th Mar 2018
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

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.
Kieron Rooney, The University of Sydney, Published 12th Mar 2018
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?

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.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 10th Mar 2018
Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

Sustainable diets will remain a minefield until we change the way we approach food

It’s time to bring more voices to the table and take a system-wide approach to defining the collective roles and responsibilities of producers, manufacturers, retailers and consumers in delivering sustainable food.
Rural women help drive Australia's booming ag sector, says Minister Anne Ruston

Rural women help drive Australia's booming ag sector, says Minister Anne Ruston

The productivity and profitability of Australia's agriculture sector owes much to the contribution of rural women, including some notable female leaders, said the nation's Assistant Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston on International Women's Day 2018.
AgInnovators, Published 8th Mar 2018
New US fertiliser industry report shows sustainability gains

New US fertiliser industry report shows sustainability gains

According to the 2017 State of the Fertilizer Industry report from TFI, the US industry made gains in safety, sustainability and environmental responsibility in 2016, with firms along the value chain reporting improved water efficiency, lower GG emissions, less wasted heat and more research into reducing run-off.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 3rd Mar 2018
100,000+ sterile Qflies dropped on Adelaide in biotech attack

100,000+ sterile Qflies dropped on Adelaide in biotech attack

Hundreds of thousands of sterile Queensland fruit flies were dropped from planes over the Adelaide region on 2 March 2018, launching an ambitious national plan to reduce the numbers of this costly, endemic crop pest.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 2nd Mar 2018
New checklists help farmers assess their suitability for solar pumping irrigation systems

New checklists help farmers assess their suitability for solar pumping irrigation systems

Thinking of investing in a grid-connected or hybrid solar-diesel pumping system? Before you open your wallet, ensure you're buying the best system for your needs by completing NSW Farmers’ new, free checklists for solar irrigation quotes.
Merran White, AgInnovators, Published 2nd Mar 2018
Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

Method that cuts sugarcane emissions gets global prize

A Brazilian scientist who developed a method that cuts harmful nitrous oxide emissions from sugarcane cultivation by 95 percent has netted the International Fertilizer Association’s prestigious Norman Borlaug Award.
Washington Castilhos, SciDev.Net, Published 2nd Mar 2018

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