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

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.

Energy audit leads to substantial savings for Dubbo dairy enterprise

Energy audit leads to substantial savings for Dubbo dairy enterprise

An energy audit of Skinner Partnership, a dairy operation in Dubbo, Central New South Wales, found that substantial savings could be made by upgrading pumps, installing a variable speed drive on the milk vacuum pump, and adding heat-recovery units to the dairy’s plant and vat washes.

Energy efficiency supports the viability of a family-run dairy near Wagga Wagga

Energy efficiency supports the viability of a family-run dairy near Wagga Wagga

Price pressures in the dairy sector are forcing dairy farmers to look for ways of cutting costs to retain reasonable margins and remain viable. “We need to increase our herd and our yield to remain in business,” says Norman McCure, owner of Binowee Dairy in New South Wales. The challenge for the McCures is to achieve improvements in yield and volume at a lower cost per litre of milk. If this challenge is met, the business could not only survive but thrive, providing sufficient motivation for taking on the additional risk and hard work that the expansion will entail. An investigation into more efficient hot water and refrigeration systems and the possibility of generating biogas on site may lead to further options for optimising Norman’s investment and delivering an estimated 30% increase in production.

Events

evokeAG

evokeAG

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