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Meet the AgriFutures Australia team

It has been a busy year at AgriFutures Australia and we can't believe the festive season is just around the corner.

In 2017-18, we managed 126 new projects across our four arenas (People and Leadership, National Challenges and Opportunities, Growing Profitability and Emerging Industries). In the last month we have welcomed one new Program Manager to our team as well as two additional Program Officers, who will work alongside our Program Managers to service current and existing projects. It has been two years since we moved into our new home at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga and we welcome anyone who is in the region to stop by and say hello to the team. 

There has been an influx of project publications 
from our different programs and this month we share a number of industry R&D highlights. Accelerating the development of agtech solutions worth adopting by Sarah Nolet and Cass Mao from AgThentic generated significant attention. This report acknowledges the barriers farmers face interacting with agtech and seeks to highlight opportunities to drive technology adoption in the sector. Our Chicken Meat Program has also been busy promoting project summaries on new projects including water purification and treatment options as well as chicken farm odour modelling, proving popular with key industry stakeholders. 

Delivering research that has practical outcomes for growers is key to our organisation. Our aim is to help the people behind our rural industries make informed decisions which in turn positively impacts business operations. 

We value your feedback and continued support for our programs. Feel free to get in touch with questions or share insights via and our social media channels. 

Small hive beetle trap
Innovative trap to keep small hive beetle at bay
Small hive beetle is a serious beekeeping pest in Australia. This project has developed a simple method for trapping small hive beetles before they enter hives. The project also captures the most comprehensive seasonal data on small hive beetle movement in Australia.
Chickens in a shed
Australian-first sprinkler cooling system trial for meat chickens
This report describes the trial of a low-pressure, overhead sprinkler system that reduces the need for conventional evaporative cooling pads or high pressure foggers in meat chicken houses. When consistently used, cooling water usage was reduced by 56% over one year.
Native foods on a platter
Navigating IP and legal issues facing the Australian native food industry
The emerging native food industry has big potential to contribute to the Australian economy and way of life. This latest research delves into the key legal and regulatory challenges and opportunities facing the burgeoning industry to help guide future R&D investment priorities.
Kakadu Plum
Emerging Kakadu Plum industry ripe for the picking
Supporting the establishment of high potential rural industries is at the core of our Emerging Industries Program. This ANFAB collaboration provides the foundation for accelerating the establishment of Kakadu Plum as a world food ingredient through building effective industry networks.
Latest news & events
Man using an iPad in a paddock
New research uncovers barriers to agtech adoption and approaches to overcome these challenges 
There are four key areas we need to address to ensure better design (and adoption) of agtech on Australian farms. Our latest report seeks to advance agtech knowledge, understand stakeholder needs and drive tech adoption in ag. 
AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Research and Innovation Michael Beer and Acting Director of the Graham Centre, Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover celebrating National Ag Day
Research and innovation on the ag-genda on National Agriculture Day
More than 100 people gathered at Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga campus to celebrate National Agriculture Day. We teamed up with the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation and Regional Development of Australia Riverina to celebrate the contribution of our farmers and the role of research in helping them ‘Grow for Good'.
Royal Exhibition Building
evokeAG program offers a smorgasbord of topics with a focus on radical foods
Are we ready to start eating meals from a lab instead of the paddock? This is just one of the many topics on the menu to be discussed with world class experts at evokeAG, to be held in Melbourne in February 2019. 
Man holding a camera
evokeAG Startup Alley applications closing soon 
evokeAG are offering 15 innovative startup businesses in the agricultural or food industries the opportunity to showcase their ideas to over 700 delegates from Australia and abroad at evokeAG 2019. Startup Alley will be located at the entrance, offering high foot traffic and exposure during the two day event.