Practice change on-farm is where we see the real value of Research and Development
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Viand rice harvest

Practical outcomes highlight the real value of R&D

Investing in cutting edge research and innovation to ensure our rural industries thrive is at the heart of what we do, but practice change on-farm is where we see the real value of research and development (R&D). 

This month we share a number of industry R&D highlights. The launch of the new rice variety called Viand has been a major win for the rice industry which is continuing to make innovative and exciting gains in the R&D space. Our newest levied industry, Tea Tree Oil, has "emerged" with a new RD&E Plan to map out research priorities over the next five years. The buffalo industry is expecting a renaissance following changes to legislation in New South Wales and Victoria. Finally, as part of the Australian Government Rural R&D for Profit program we’re busy tackling 10 target weed species across the country. 

Delivering research that has practical outcomes for growers is key to our organisation. Our aim is to help farmers make informed decisions which in turn brings positive impacts on their business. 

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Latest news & events
Tea tree oil dropper
Tea Tree Oil RD&E Plan released after the industry's new "emerged" status
Tea Tree Oil is the newest levied industry in AgriFutures Australia's portfolio. Improving supply and increasing demand is top of the industry agenda. Learn about the industry priorities in the new AgriFutures™ Tea Tree Oil Program RD&E Plan.
Horizon Scholar sees the workings behind a successful agtech business
Robo-chooks, investor meetings and veterinary science were just some of the things AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholar Xavier Burton from Glenrowan West in Victoria experienced at his annual industry work placement at MimicTec.
Buffalo in field
Bringing back the buff: Five things you need to know about buffalo
Changes to New South Wales and Victorian biosecurity legislation means new opportunities to grow the buffalo industry are on the horizon. We're bringing back the buff; learn about the latest project updates, industry insights and growth potential for this industry. 
Rice Industry Field Day 2018
New rice variety maximising grower returns  
Viand, a new variety of rice launched at the Rice Industry Field Day offers growers up to 10 per cent water-use efficiency gains on existing varieties. Viand highlights the true value of R&D in our rural industries.