News & Opinion

Australian Government pledges $51.3m for ag counsellors to speed access to key export markets

Australian Government pledges $51.3m for ag counsellors to speed access to key export markets

17th May 2018 | By AgInnovators

The Australian Government has announced more than $50m in funding for agricultural counsellors to help pave the way for Aussie food and beverage exporters in key markets from the EU to Latin America and emerging Asian nations.

World’s largest food transporter to support agrifood-tech start-ups combating food loss

World’s largest food transporter to support agrifood-tech start-ups combating food loss

17th May 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Transport-logistics giant Maersk and accelerator Rockstart urge ag-food-tech start-ups to apply for their month-long support program in Denmark this June, part of the companies' FoodTrack initiative, aimed at combating food loss across the perishables supply chain. Act fast: applications close 20 May.

The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

16th May 2018 | By The Conversation

Currently, our main defence against crop pests is synthetic pesticides - but using them comes at a cost. By contrast, biological controls use pests' natural enemies, predators and parasitoids, to defeat them without collateral damage to beneficial insects or the environment.

Growers, get free sustainability support via the EnviroVeg Pilot Program

Growers, get free sustainability support via the EnviroVeg Pilot Program

21st Apr 2018 | By Merran White, AgInnovators

Vegie-growers nationwide can access free training, industry and tech support in transitioning to sustainable farm management – and gain industry-recognised Freshcare environmental certification – by joining AUSVEG’s new EnviroVeg Pilot Program. Apply now.

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...

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).
Next Gen Compost

Next Gen Compost

Next Gen Compost is a two-year project commenced in 2016 aimed at increasing the use of compost made from recycled organic waste in commercial vegetable production. The project is funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority under its Waste Less Recycle More Organics Market Development Grant Program.

Case Studies

Boosting energy efficiency at a Central Tableland vineyard

Boosting energy efficiency at a Central Tableland vineyard

Interested in their options after the solar feed-in tariff ends in December 2016, the Jarretts explored the potential of investing in solar PV battery storage, electrification of its farm vehicles, a new, energy-efficient coolroom and integrated solar pumping options to reduce energy costs and help build a 'sustainable' brand image.

Solar + energy storage key to savings for Central West feedlot

Solar + energy storage key to savings for Central West feedlot

Gundamain Feedlot has identified an opportunity to combine battery storage with solar PV to maximise the savings it makes from solar.

Insights provided by fuel and electricity monitoring drive energy plans for sheep farm near Conargo

Insights provided by fuel and electricity monitoring drive energy plans for sheep farm near Conargo

Approximately 40% potential energy savings were discovered from on-site generation using a combination of solar and wind. But how will the business case stack up? Monitoring and understanding energy usage provides the key.

Upgrading energy systems delivers cost savings for Wagga Wagga mixed-farming operation

Upgrading energy systems delivers cost savings for Wagga Wagga mixed-farming operation

Bulls Run Manager Scott Hughes is investigating the potential for swapping out diesel pumps for electric to irrigate selected paddocks on his 7,497-hectare lamb and cropping operation to save energy costs and water use.

Events

evokeAG

evokeAG

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