Let us not forget that our farmers are resilient, innovative and incredibly optimistic. And it will rain!
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Farmer made of lego in drought-stricken paddock

Resilience in the face of adversity    

As an organisation dedicated to the long-term prosperity of our rural industries, and based in Wagga Wagga, Riverina NSW, we see and feel the impact of the current devastating drought all around us.

Recently, travelling from Wagga Wagga to Armidale, I was shocked by the impact the drought is having on some of our most productive districts around Gunnedah and the Liverpool Plains.

And we all know when the land is hurting, so too are our farmers, their families and our rural communities. 


Although there will never be a perfect solution to drought (other than rain), AgriFutures Australia is investing in projects to improve farmers’ resilience like the research we are supporting to develop drought resistance pasture seed varieties and a new rice variety which uses less water.  

The Australian Government’s drought relief in the form of tax write-offs, low interest loans, faster processing of applications for help and support for regional communities are welcomed. Australian Government drought assistance measures and state and territory government drought agency contacts can be accessed on the Australian Government's Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

"Let us not forget that our farmers are resilient, innovative and incredibly optimistic. And it will rain!" These encouraging words and the image above comes from Aimee Snowden, our
Rural Women's Award Alumni and founder of Little Brick Pastoral, a series of LEGO® photographs which aim to educate our urban cousins about life on the land ... including when it's tough!

John Harvey
AgriFutures Australia Managing Director 

 
Latest news & events
Four evokeAG speakers
Early bird tickets on sale and speakers announced for evokeAG 2019 
Early bird tickets are officially on sale for evokeAG, offering a 25% saving for the inaugural international agrifood technology event. Early bird tickets are on sale until 30 October 2018. 

A world-class line-up of speakers such as Israel’s Dror Tamir, co-founder of Hargol FoodTech, the world’s first commercial grasshopper farm, will feature on stage during the February event in Melbourne.  

For information on speakers, program discussion topics, partners and early bird tickets, head to 
www.evokeag.com
2018 Rural Women’s Award finalists walking down a path
A new Alumni Program for our Rural Women’s Award finalists and winners
For more than two decades, we have celebrated the achievements of hundreds of rural and regional women and the positive work they do in our communities.

To foster a vibrant and active Rural Women’s Award (RWA) community and to raise the profile of the Award, AgriFutures Australia launched the National RWA Alumni Program. This will be a wonderful opportunity for Alumni to connect, network, share and learn on a national level.

The Alumni Program will involve a Facebook group, a directory as well as AgriFutures Australia events which will connect, mobilise and inspre our Alumni community. 
Man in paddock using iPad
Have your say: AgriFutures Australia Independent Performance Review 
We are required by the Australian Government to undertake a comprehensive, independent review of our performance against our statutory funding agreement.

This review is important to us as we continually look for opportunities to enhance the impact of our investments and to improve our internal processes.

All of our stakeholders have the opportunity to make a submission about our performance online before Friday, 28 September.
2017 Rural Women's Award finalists Tanya Dupagne and Simone Kain
Rural Women's Award Gala Dinner tickets on sale 
Time is running out to buy tickets for the 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner.

The Canberra event will be hosted by Tanya Dupagne, our 2017 National Rural Women's Award Winner. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of our seven state and territory winners and announcing our National Winner and Runner Up of the 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award.

The black tie event in October will be attended by Rural Women's Award alumni, industry leaders, parliamentarians and media from across Australia. Your ticket includes a three course meal, beverages and entertainment.