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Food Farm Future - The countdown is on for evokeAG. 2019

We are just weeks away from opening the doors to Australia's largest agrifood tech event.

More than 100 international and national speakers will delve into foods of the future, farmers of the future, sustainability for the future and markets of the future - just to highlight some of the important topics which aim to grow our agricultural innovation ecosystem. We have less than 100 tickets remaining so get in quick and buy your seat to evokeAG. happening at the Royal Exhibition Building on 19-20 February 2019. 

Agtech is the flavour of the month and we are excited to release our new Horizon Scan reports featuring 11 high impact technologies which will play a crucial role in ensuring our agricultural competitive advantage. Check out our research updates below for more info.  

It has been a whirlwind start to 2019. Make sure you follow our updates throughout the year on
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. We are also excited to announce you can subscribe to our quarterly industry updates. Visit our Rural Industries webpage, select the industry you want to keep up to date with and find the subscription button under the 'Program news' heading. 

Catch you in February with our next newsletter. 

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What are the emerging technologies for rural industries?  
Our latest Horizon Scan reports have identified 11 high impact technologies that will likely disrupt the agricultural supply chain. 
Horizon Scan 5 and Horizon Scan 6 are fascinating reads into the technologies which will help our agricultural industry maintain a strong competitive advantage. 
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Climate research collaboration heats up with new direction for 2019
How can our industry be more prepared for a changing climate? That's what the Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries (CRSPI) partnership will address as it moves into its third phase. A new direction in 2019 is set to introduce strategies and innovations for adaption.
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New Alliance to improve health and safety record
The newly launched Rural Safety and Health Alliance aims to improve our rural industry's health and safety record. Backed by the RDCs, and with a focus on incorporating innovative research, the collaboration will give farmers and fishers tools to create safer working environments. 
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Practical advice to build the goat industry capacity and capability
Dairy Goats: a practical handbook is the result of an emerging industries project designed to build industry capacity and capability in the commercial goat milk production sector. The handbook supports national training programs and will assist adoption of industry best practice. 
Latest news and events
Test tubes
Will the 'yuck factor’ block alternative ways to feed the planet?
It sounds impossible but hamburger patties, fish fillets and even eggs are already being created without any animals.

This ‘test tube meat’, could be engineered to be free of heme iron which naturally occurs in conventional meat and is linked to cancer, stroke, heart disease and metabolic syndrome. But will consumers buy it? 

Food Frontier spokesman Thomas King will be among those delving into the issues of Lab Food Versus Real Food at evokeAG. next month. He joins a raft of other national and international speakers who will join the debate on the evolution of food and farming. 
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A simple solution to save lives on our farms 
Students from across Australia united at The University of Sydney Business School for a national pitch competition – all with a focus on ideas which addressed agricultural issues. Farm Safe Sleeves claimed the 'Winning Pitch' title, a simple solution for preventing farmers' clothing getting stuck in machinery. 

The Brilliant Business Kids Festival was the successful culmination of the
AgriFutures pilot program. The program is again looking to fund seven Australian secondary schools to take part in an exciting education program that teaches students how to solve problems facing agriculture, using innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.
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AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship applications now open
Are you a uni student (or do you know a uni student) dreaming of a career in agriculture?

Applications for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship are now open. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in their last two years of an agriculture-related or STEM undergraduate degree at an Australian university 

Successful Scholarship recipients receive a $5,000 bursary, professional development opportunities, annual industry work placements, access to industry leaders and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events. 
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Agtech series to ready the ag sector for technological change
Australian agriculture is on the cusp of big change thanks to technology. In order to be ready we need to stay ahead of the tech regulation and perceptions discussion.

In this new series, we identified technologies relevant to the sector to understand the regulatory impact of not getting something right, as well as the perceptions that may stop a technology being used because of negative community views.

Our three latest National Rural Issues publications are insightful reads aimed at getting the ag sector on the front foot when it comes to adopting technological change.