New beginnings, new research and new ideas
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From left to right: The Hon. David Littleproud MP, Darrylin Gordon, Krista Watkins and Kay Hull AM

New beginnings for our AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award National Winner and Runner Up 

More than 500 guests gathered in the Great Hall at Parliament House on Monday, 15 October 2018 to celebrate the seven AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award National Finalists. 

The theme for the event was 'new beginnings' - and it certainly will be a new and exciting journey for
2018 National Winner Krista Watkins from Walkamin, Queensland and National Runner Up, Darrylin Gordon from Halls Creek, Western Australia. Both women are taking on exciting projects and we can't wait to see what they achieve in their rural and remote communities. A huge thank you to Westpac for supporting the AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award and we look forward to your continued support as our Platinum Sponsor for another two years. 

To our levied industries, and one of our newest levied industries, Australian tea tree oil, has been in the spotlight.
The industry is celebrating 25 years of growth, expansion and development and during this time, producers have doubled production and established international markets. Even the Duchess of Sussex threw her support behind the essential oil, telling media last week that she can't leave home without it. 

You'll find plenty of news featuring our Emerging Industries Program in our October newsletter. We’ve set an ambitious goal to focus on R&D that supports industries with high growth potential over the next five years and currently have two opportunities underway to help meet our target. Read on to learn how you can get involved and support the emergence of our newest rural industries.    

 
Latest research
Lucerne crop
New AgriFutures™ Pasture Seeds Program RD&E Plan 
Boosting harvesting efficiency, improving water productivity, and supporting effective disease, weeds and pest management have been flagged as top research priorities for the $50 million industry.
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Emerging rural industries invited to partner with AgriFutures Australia
We are calling for businesses and representative organisations involved in emerging industries (such as hemp, marron, camel milk and pomegranates) to submit research and development (R&D) priorities to identify areas of potential research investment.
Working dog herding goats
'Come by' the working dog survey
An ongoing survey aims to improve the selection process of livestock working dogs to better suit the needs of our farmers and the working dog breeding community. If you're a farmer who owns one of the 83,000 amazing working dogs in Australia, you are encouraged to take the survey.
Chicks
Gary Sansom Scholarship applications open 
After a successful inaugural launch in 2018, applications for the 2019 Gary Sansom Scholarship are now open. The Scholarship aims to uncover future chicken meat industry leaders and champion important research.
 
Latest news & events
AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award National Winner Krista Watkins
It’s estimated that food waste at the farm gate represents 10 per cent of gross food production, valued at $4 billion. As a primary producer, this is something that Krista Watkins hopes to combat. Having already reduced waste at the farm gate for the banana industry, she is using her bursary to come up with innovative ideas for sweet potato producers. 
Pomegranates
Apply for the AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Advisory Panel
Do you have what it takes to help identify and grow Australian agriculture’s emerging industries? Applications for the AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Advisory Panel are now open. The Advisory Panel will be a creative, open-minded team who will support the emergence of new agricultural industries such as sheep milk and Manuka honey. 
Tea tree oil seedlings in a nursery
October’s successful Australian Tea Tree Industry Association (ATTIA) event was cause for celebration as tea tree oil producers gathered to hear the latest R&D updates, including benefits of the new R&D levy which is providing structure to guide investment and grow the burgeoning industry. Discover how the industry has grown over the last 25 years. 
Family walking down a rice field
Inaugural 2019 Rice Industry Awards to uncover pick of the crop
Industry supporters are invited to partner with Rice Extension and AgriFutures Australia to roll out the inaugural Rice Industry Awards and support the growers and individuals who are at the forefront of best practice in the dynamic industry. Award winners will be announced at the RGA Annual Conference in August 2019