AGenda newsletter

Our goal is to invest in research that is going to create real value and impact for our farmers and the broader agricultural industry.

Making operations more profitable, sustainable and efficient can only be achieved when practical and meaningful research is produced and released ready for uptake and adoption. In this issue, we highlight some of the agricultural research extension programs and projects we are running to help accelerate this adoption process. From our highly successful Producer Technology Uptake Program, to in-field pest management in the ginger industry, we aim to bring our research to life and into the hands of those that matter - our farmers and producers. 

And if you have ideas on how we could have an even greater impact, and if you are a levy payer for one of our industries, we encourage you to take our AgriFutures Australia Annual Stakeholder Survey. Your feedback is important to ensure we continue to look for improvements in how we do business.

Ginger growers inspecting a ginger crop

Quick action to combat pests

When the Australian ginger industry saw its first infestation of fall armyworm early last year, immediate action was needed. In response, the AgriFutures Ginger Program swiftly harnessed the expertise of agronomist Bhargav Rayeni. Bhargav visited ginger farms and showed growers how to identify fall armyworm and then how to control it, particularly in its early stages of development.

Uncover our other dedicated extension projects working to increase the adoption of research and development for our levied industries. 

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Sally Martin

Putting research into action

Meet three inspiring rural women who have embraced careers in agricultural extension. AgriFutures Rural Women's Award Alumni, Sally Martin, Jeanette Gellard and Danielle England explain how the work they do, along with others in extension, is vital in helping our agricultural industry to innovate, become more sustainable and prosper.

"Supporting farmers to understand what research is telling us about best practice and how that can contribute to their sustainability, profitability and productivity is a key part of extension,” Jeanette says.

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Emma Harbison and Ulicia Raufers

Addressing barriers to growth across rural industries

1,300 producers are currently taking part in our Producer Technology Uptake Program. The Program is designed to support producers overcome barriers to technology adoption on-farm. 

“We have already seen first-hand the huge leaps they have made in not only adopting technology, but also in building capacity and confidence across their region’s producer network to look for new solutions," says Ulicia Raufers, AgriFutures Australia Manager, Innovation. 

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Introducing our Emerging Industries Technical Advisory Group

Ten members with a diverse skill-set have been appointed to the Emerging Industries Technical Advisory Group (TAG). The Group has been established to provide technical investment advice and recommendations on research projects and outputs for our organisation.

It’s an exciting opportunity for the Group to be involved in Australia’s new and emerging rural industries and we are looking forward to working with them throughout the course of the year. 

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Fiona Taylor


A new approach to buying a farm

How do young people from non-farming backgrounds pursue a career on the land? And an even harder challenge, how can the same people eventually buy a farm

Inaugural AgriFutures Rural Women’s Acceleration Grant recipient, Fiona Taylor has a scheme which is set to attract more young people on the land and keep the ones who are already here


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Tim Hyde, CEO and Founding Director, SWAN Systems

Taking water and nutrient management to the cloud – and the world

“We generally find water and nutrients make up for about 80 per cent of a crop’s success, realistically making it the greatest determining factor in efficiency and production, so it is incredibly important to get this right” - Tim Hyde, CEO and Founding Director, SWAN Systems.

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Thomas Tadrowski, Founder, Geo Apsis

Six cutting-edge agrifood startups ready to drive impact across the supply chain

“With its remote and communications challenges, Australia is absolutely the right place to do this. The evokeAG. Startup Network will enable us to find the right people to go to the next level and give us connectivity to all sorts of other skills and potential investors” - Thomas Tadrowski, Founder, Geo Apsis.

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2020 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award Winner Cara Peek

Tickets are now on sale: join us at the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner

“We understand the crucial role we play to support emerging female leaders so they can turn projects and businesses into opportunities that benefit rural industries and communities” - Stephen Hannan, National General Manager Agribusiness, Westpac.

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AgriFutures Australia is the trading name for Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC), a statutory authority of the Federal Government established by the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989.