Our latest news, key dates and program updates
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Working together to solve critical industry challenges:   

We continue to seize on the opportunity to build partnerships which nurture innovation across our rural industries. We are therefore thrilled to support Farmers2Founders (F2F), a new entrepreneurship program designed to support primary producers adopt emerging technologies, new business models and embrace changing consumer markets.

Farmers and producers know the challenges which face them but sometimes, lack the skills and confidence to take on these challenges and develop innovative solutions. This program brings these skills to their doorstop through a series of workshops. 

Delivering research and programs like F2F that have 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. 


We value your feedback and continued support for our programs, feel free to get in touch with questions or share insights via info@agrifutures.com.au and our social media channels. 

 
Key dates
 
 
Dr Martina Jelocnik
Researcher spotlight: Dr Martina Jelocnik
This April we’re shining the spotlight on Dr Martina Jelocnik, a researcher from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Dr Jelocnik is working to reduce pregnancy losses in Australia’s thoroughbred horses industry by building a stronger understanding of the epidemiology of the Chlamydia psittaci infection.
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AgVet chemicals announcement 
We have successfully secured funding for five of our industries under the Australian Government’s Access to Industry Priority Uses of AgVet Chemicals Program. The grants for our pasture seeds, rice and emerging industries (plantago, quinoa and truffles) will assist in gathering data to support agvet chemical applications. 
Propolis
Propolis harvest – an economic opportunity for Australian beekeepers
Australian beekeepers could earn an extra $1,400 a year by incorporating propolis production into their annual honey harvest. Our latest research found that profitable production of propolis by Australian beekeepers is possible and the market is forecast to grow.
 
Latest news and events
Krista Watkins
Green banana rum? Waste crusader takes on new opportunities
From bananas to sweet potatoes, Krista Watkins, who was named the 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award National Winner is now looking at how she can help the entire food industry prevent waste at the farm gate. Krista is rolling out a co-op model so other producers can take advantage of her flour processing technology.
David Rosenberg on stage at evokeAG
Did you miss evokeAG 2019? Head to our YouTube channel
We've released all of our evokeAG Plenary sessions on our evokeAG YouTube channel. Hear from our keynote speaker, David Rosenberg, CEO of AeroFarms, a company building large scale commercial vertical farms in urban centers. We also feature our Future Young Leaders and panel discussions on the future of food and farming.
Farmers2Founders team
Upskilling farmers, our frontline innovators
We are thrilled to announce our support of Farmers2Founders, a new entrepreneurship program designed to support primary producers adopt emerging technologies, new business models and embrace changing consumer markets. Led by key innovators across the industry, the program has kicked-off with a series of workshops around Australia.
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Twenty-five rural leaders set to embark on their director journeys
An agtech incubator, a precision weed control scientist, an insect farmer and a logistics officer from the Air Force who now tracks soil health. These are just some of the 25 passionate rural leaders who have been selected to complete the Australian Institute of Company Director’s Foundations of Directorship program. The three day course kicks off in May.