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Reflecting on a positive and innovative 2018

new rice variety which uses less water, a comprehensive scan of new and emerging agricultural industry opportunities, the development of our new Emerging Industries Program Advisory Panel, a fascinating report which addresses the knowledge gaps in relation to our agtech ecosystem, a fresh research direction for Australia’s certified temperate pasture seed growers, a new AgriFutures™ Rural Women's Award winner and the launch of evokeAG - 2018 has been chock-a-block full of wonderful highlights and achievements. 

As we reflect on our achievements from the last 12 months, planning is well underway for 2019. A number of industry Advisory Panel meetings have been flagged for the New Year, applications for our AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship open in early January and we are looking forward to delivering our international agrifood tech event evokeAG in February.

Keep an eye on our social channels (
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram) as we share our 2019 updates. 

From the Board and team at AgriFutures Australia, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

See you in 2019.

 
Messina
Capitalising on the discovery of messina for the pasture seeds industry
A decade's worth of research has uncovered a new legume with unprecedented levels of salt and waterlogging tolerance, offering pasture growers more options for salinity-prone areas. 
Alpacas in a field
New alpaca industry resource to keep worms at bay
A new resource will offer alpaca farmers and vets a practical tool for keeping worms at bay. With limited information on gastrointestinal nematodes (GINs) in Australian alpacas to date, the project assessed worm control practices, prevalence of GINs and resistance.  
Bee approaching a flower
A buzzy year for honey bee and pollination research
The AgriFutures™ Honey Bee & Pollination Program has been a hive of activity in 2018; with small hive beetle research breakthroughs, new approaches to combatting varroa mite, the Australian Bee Congress and exciting research into the value of honey as a health food. 
Jackfruit on tree
Improving the capacity of primary industries to withstand cyclonic winds
As cyclone season bears down on northern parts of Australia, the results of an Emerging Industries project offers insights into production practices that can be used to reduce damage caused by cyclonic winds. A timely read for tropical tree crop, forestry and animal industries. 
 
Latest news and events
Emerging Industries Advisory Panel
New panel to guide investment for industries tipped as the ‘next big thing’
The newly appointed AgriFutures™ Emerging Industries Advisory Panel met for the first time to discuss the strategic direction for high potential emerging industries. 2019 is set to be a big year for the program, with the first agenda item focused on identifying R&D priorities to consider for investment opportunities. The Panel will offer a wealth of advice on the future of new rural industries. 
2019 Country to Canberra participants
How can we support one another to navigate the road to gender equality?
This was the driving question for 18 rural high school students who attended the Country to Canberra ‘Power Trip’ in November and experienced four days of personal and professional development in the nation’s capital. Leadership, networking and workshops on resilience formed part of the program. Hear from the participants of the empowerment program, which we've proudly continued to support. 
Ginger Program Advisory Panel Chair
New leadership brings a fresh perspective to the ginger industry
The appointment of Carter & Spencer Group’s Nicole Christodoulou as the new AgriFutures™ Ginger Program Advisory Panel Chair is a sign of what’s to come for the burgeoning industry. Under Nicole’s leadership the Panel is looking forward to injecting fresh ideas into the Australian ginger industry, with a particular focus on driving on-farm productivity through innovative technology.
Michael Beer
Consumers to the front as R&D leads the way for Australia’s rural industries
Food for thought from General Manager, Research Michael Beer, who says rural industries are investing more in understanding and meeting the needs of their consumers and delivering research outcomes that have a real impact. In this piece we share highlights from our research programs that are adding value, helping our industries grow and become more competitive.